Winter Storm “Neptune” & Beyond

By: - Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 - 10:13pm

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Juno. Linus. Marcus. Now “Neptune.” Either Mother Nature’s cheating on Boston with those people, or currently living life vicariously. Either way, she’s been sketch, and as far as Boston’s concerned, it’s over. Done. Boston would’ve loved to bring her out for a fancy V-Day dinner at Eastern Standard in Kenmore, but she had to go and work herself into a blizzard.

So here we are going through our fourth major snowstorm in less than month. Mother Nature is clearly not taking this breakup that well. Soon it’s restraining order time, because at this point her wrath could perpetuate until early March.

With yet another snowstorm in the works, The Boston Calendar (TBC) caught up Operational Scientist Michael Ventrice of WSI Energy Weather (the professional division of The Weather Channel) to gather some information about the this weekend’s blizzard, the deal with this unusual pattern of weather, and what might come of … Wednesday’s snowstorm!

TBC: As of 2pm EST Saturday (2/14), how much how much snow do you think Boston will get? Also, how windy do you expect to to get, and will winds exceed those experienced in Blizzard Nemo and/or Juno?

Ventrice: It’s going to come down to localized mesoscale features associated with the storm itself for an accurate forecast. My best guess would be 4-8″ for Boston, with locally higher amounts possible over the Cape. Projected sustained wind speeds are forecast to be around 30mph with gusts in the 40-60mph range. This is comparable to a tropical storm or low-grade category 1 hurricane, which would result in less intense winds than both Nemo (80+mph) and Juno (70+mph).

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Current snow accumulation forecast via NOAA.

How concerned should Bostonians be about losing electricity as part of the Valentine’s Weekend Blizzard?

Ventrice: While any storm capable of producing wind speeds equivalent to a tropical storm is worrisome, the fact that it will be so cold outside during the peak of the snow and wind makes this aspect slightly less of a concern. Sub-30F temperatures will yield more powdery snow, which will have less of a chance to plaster onto tree branches that then can fall down onto power lines.

TBC: Is there is any truth behind the below statement, which theorizes that jet streams are getting “stuck” in place as a result of climate change, making major winter storms more common?

The prevailing theory seems to be that changing conditions in the Arctic are causing a weakening or destabilization of the jet streams. The jet streams suddenly have a weird propensity to get stuck. These type of snow events could become more common in the near future. Alternatively, we could also see a winter in the near future with average high temperatures in the mid 40s. [Source]

Ventrice: While we still don’t understand the dynamics of climate change and this year is far from over, we do know that we have had comparable winters in the past. The question is then deferred to if we are observing true anthropogenically forced alterations in circulation, or rather it is just part of a naturally varying cycle forced by slow changes in ocean currents that have been well documented in literature.

TBC: What can you say about Wednesday, February 18th’s potential storm? Could it be as powerfully as the current one?

Ventrice: While there is still room to change in our computer weather models regarding the Wednesday storm, at this point in time there is a chance that this storm will have equal to our possibly higher snowfall totals across the Greater Boston region when compared to our upcoming blizzard this Valentine’s Day weekend. This being said, the potential Wednesday storm will likely lack the wind component to be comparable to the Winter Storm Neptune.

TBC: Finally, granted all the snow that’s already fallen this season, is there anything that specifically concerns you about yet another snowstorm in such a short period of time? And/or do you have any advice for Bostonians as they prepare for the storm?

Ventrice: I wish I could give some good news here but unfortunately there are signs in our computer models for another possible snowfall event later next week (sometime between Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23). With the current jet stream pattern looking to stay locked in through potentially early March, there are risks for future snow storm events in the Greater Boston area through the remainder of February. My advice to us Bostononians is to help each other and remain civil under such harsh winter conditions. We are in this all together and we will pull through together. Keep up to date with what’s going on with the weather as there will be full coverage available to you by the Weather Channel and or your local new station.

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At this rate, Boston will look like this until March (photo taken post Nemo)

Patriots Party at Harvard Following Victory Parade

By: - Friday, Feb 6, 2015 - 4:22pm

After Wednesday’s Victory Parade, Patriots players Julian Edelman (WR), Kyle Arrington (CB), and Michael Buchanan (DE) were invited to party at The Phoenix SK Club (one of eight male “final clubs” at Harvard). Interestingly, the party was mostly attended by Boston University sorority girls, rather than Harvard students. BroBible reports the Partiots players wanted lots of girls (obviously), so the all male Finals Club called up a BU sorority and told them to come over. Based on the pictures and video below, it seems everything worked out.

We did a GPS based Instagram and twitter search within 100m of The Phoenix SK Club and were able to find some pictures from the party…

[Someone posted a video of Edleman at the party on Instagram, but it was deleted shortly after this blog post was published]

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Some of the ladies that attended the party…

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A Rolling Rally to Remember

By: - Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 - 7:00pm

Today’s Victory Parade was a thing of beauty. Sure the Patriots have 4 Super Bowl wins in less than 15 years, but this one was still 10 years in the works. Two heartbreaking Super Bowl losses, a closing Brady/Belichick window, Gronk finally healthy, DeflateGate, etc. etc. — Super Bowl 49 was quite possibly the most satisfying win in New England sports history. These guys earned their right to celebrate, and thousands of fans were on hand to congratulate them. A lot of these images are via two great sources for Patriots info: @OnlyInBOS & r/Patriots. If you’re unaware of them, get on it….

Summer Of Gronk.

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Via @amill34 on twitter

Hey Gronk, what’s your favorite number?

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Via @OnlyInBOS on twitter

Hey Sherman, how many rings does Brady have?

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Via @HeyRatty on twitter

Here’s where that sign came from

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Via r/Patriots

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BU Students Aim To Break Guinness World Record For Largest Snowball Fight

By: - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 - 1:43am

UPDATE: The BU Snowbrawl 2015 has been CANCELED

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BU Snowbrawl 2013 // Rishi Chakraborty BU CAS 2013

With Winter Storm Juno approaching, thousands of Boston University students are gearing up for the 3rd annual “BU Snowbrawl.” As of 1:30am Monday morning, the Snowbrawl event page on Facebook is up to 2.5K+ RSVPs. On that same event page, someone named Ashray pointed out something interesting: “If you guys hit 5835 you will break the world record…”

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From the BU Snowbrawl 2015 Facebook event page

On January 12, 2013, 5,834 people took part in the world’s largest snowball fight as part of Seattle’s “Snow Day,” a record confirmed by Guinness World Records.

With more than a day to go, the Snowbrawl 2015 guest list is almost half way there! The snowball fight is slated to take place on the Charles River Esplanade, which can accommodate well over 25K people. Granted RSVPs “snowball” to >5.9K by Tuesday afternoon, the only question then is how will Guinness World Records confirm this potentially epic feat?

The Boston Calendar reached out to co-organizer Brian Boman to see if the event is open to the public/non-BU students? His response: “Honestly it’s for everyone that can make it out there safely!”

In summary, Seattle currently holds two titles: defending Super Bowl Champs and the world record for largest snowball fight. All that could change by Sunday.

#WereOnToSeattle.

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Image via reddit.com.

The event can be found on TBC here.

Blizzard of 2015

By: - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 - 2:48pm

A historic blizzard is headed towards Boston! NOAA is forecasting 18-36″ of snow! Below is a look at Boston after Nemo, the massive blizzard that dropped 24.9″ of snow on Boston in February 2013.

J9OsoLkBoston after Nemo. Via Imgur.com.

Here’s a guide to stocking up on blizzard “essentials” based on projected snow totals:

MoveVia The Boston Calendar’s Facebook page.

Storm details via National Weather Service in Taunton, MA:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE…
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Boston 2024 Artist Renderings

By: - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 - 5:24pm

At a press briefing this afternoon, the Boston 2024 planning committee released a set of artistic renderings depcting what the 2024 Summer Olympics might look like. They also posted six .PDF documents revealing details of the bid on their website. Those documents can be found here.

Read more about today’s press briefing via Boston Magazine here.

Follow the conversation on twitter: #Boston2024

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Pastie Poppin’, Hog Parties, and More Events This Week in Boston: January 12-16

By: - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 - 4:33pm

ICA“The Long Count/The Long Game: An immersive art and music experience” wraps up this Friday, January 16th at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Did you spend about 12 hours sitting on the couch watching football this weekend? That’s fine, because football and couches are amazing, even if you did check out the WebMD page for “bedsores” just as a precaution. This week’s events include a couple opportunities to get some exercise. Or talk about getting some exercise. Or at least watch other people talk about getting some exercise. I mean let’s not rush into anything.

Monday, January 12 – Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’ Birthday Party

I don’t know exactly what it means for a pastie to be poppin’, but I’m pretty sure I want to find out. Monthly burlesque show/punk rock dance party/Yankee swap Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’ celebrates its second birthday tonight at the Midway Cafe. “This night was created for ANIMALS!!!” warns the Facebook event page, and you know they don’t mean like Maroon 5 “Animals” but like this sick gallery of punk rock animals I found when I was Googling to see if there was a famous punk song called “Animals” to finish that analogy. (9:30 p.m., $10, 21+)

Tuesday, January 13 – Finding the Playground in Your Office

I’ve got some bad news, guys. You might want to sit down. Actually, stand back up because the bad news is sitting all day is slowly killing you. I know, this is probably how people felt when they found out cigarettes were bad for you. But it’s OK, you don’t have to give up the sweet rush of sitting entirely, just work in some occasional not-sitting. General Assembly and Brooklyn Boulders Somerville team up for Work It Out: Finding the Playground in Your Office, which, obviously it’s the conference room and the floor is lava and if you touch it you’re a lava shark, but also you’ll pick up lots of other tips on bringing movement, exercise, and play into the standard office environment. (6:30 p.m., $15, all ages)

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The Slutcracker, Santas in Speedos, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 - 3:38pm

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Sick of the holiday season already? Charlie Brown was railing against the commercialism of Christmas way back in 1965 and nothing’s changed yet, so you might as well embrace it. Throw on “This Christmas” and hug your sweetie by the fireplace. Go see a burlesque ballet, run with Santas in Speedos, or score some free hot cocoa. Do you feel it? That warm sensation in your tummy? That’s the Christmas spirit! And the whiskey you topped off your cocoa with. But mostly the Christmas spirit! (more…)

Film, flapjacks, fall beers, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 - 4:21pm

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Attention movie buffs: This weekend in Boston you can see a free screening of a new film produced by locals, meet a film and television legend, or eat some pancakes at an indie theater. Or, fine, just drop $20 to see “Interstellar” in IMAX because the Internet has already spoiled half the movie for you anyways and that Matthew McConaughey sure is dreamy.

* Struggling to make ends meet, Philip Waters decides to turn to old habits and sell an exclusive strain of marijuana known as “The Grim Reefer.” Sounds pretty awesome so far, but if  “A Sea of Green” — filmed around Lowell with a cast of underground rappers — is anything like most drug movies, things probably aren’t going to end well. Writer, director, and co-star Myster DL hosts a screening and party with many of the film’s stars tonight at Good Life. 11.13. 8:30p. FREE

* Provided that you’ve heated your griddle to the proper temperature, got your flipping technique down, and always reach for real-deal Vermont maple syrup — not that Vermont Maid brand from the supermarket — pancakes are pretty much the perfect food. But does their deliciousness translate to the visual medium of film? Find out at The International Pancake Film Festival, celebrating animation, puppets, and pancakes tonight at the Brattle Theatre. Admission includes complimentary pancakes. 11.13. 8:30p. $7

* Look, whenever Angela Lansbury comes to Boston, I’m going to let you know about it. Whether it’s for a Q&A after a Harvard Film Archive screening of John Frankenheimer’s “All Fall Down” (1962) or just a brief layover at Logan, I’m going to find out where she’ll be and put it in this column, because Dame Angela Lansbury is a national treasure. Not only was “Murder, She Wrote” a cultural touchstone for a generation, it warned all of us that old people can actually be pretty sneaky and should never be trusted. That show premiered in 1984 and she was already old. Could you imagine being old, and then living for another 30 years? That’s another whole lifetime of old. 11.14. 7p. $12

* It’s OK to admit you’re excited to transition into your fall/winter wardrobe (you have so many nice sweaters!) but it’s also time to transition into a fall/winter beer, which means putting down the Bud Light Straw-ber-ita and walking away slowly until you’re drinking a nice dark imperial stout at the Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest. Three sessions at the Revere Hotel will feature 25 New England brewers, all bringing along at least one beer made with a fall or winter seasonal ingredient — and not just pumpkin. We’re talking stuff like sweet potatoes, roasted pecans, and foraged sumac. 11.14 and 11.15. 6p and 1p. $50

* These days you expect to find artists working in cool lofts converted from old factories that once housed real factories where men came to work carrying metal lunch boxes instead of hip Jack Spade messenger bags they bought on Gilt. No so with the Fenway Studios, built in 1905 and considered the oldest structure in the country designed solely as artist studios. Check out the building and meet the artists working there at this weekend’s Open Studios, which doubles as a food drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank. 11.15 and 11.16. 11a. FREE 

* Back when San Diego Comic-Con first got started, pretty much no one cared because comics were generally considered to function only as fantasy lands where high school losers could imagine they had superpowers including but not limited to X-ray vision. Then Iron Man started cracking jokes and geek culture became cool and now all the Cons have been taken over by Hollywood studios. What’s a true geek to do? Well, Alternicon is here to remember the media that others forgot: web comics, flash animation, and podcasts. Stop by the Midtown Hotel to check out author panels, workshops, a cosplay contest and more. 11.15 and 11.16. 10a. $30-35

* Every November, the Nave Gallery in Teele Square hosts a Wrap Around Sale of homemade knitted, crocheted, and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. (Hey if you’re going to Alternicon, you should stop by and look for a nice Cosby sweater. You know, for the “Cos”-play contest. You’re so clever!) The sale kicks off Sunday with a dessert reception — FYI, knit hats prevent brainfreeze — and runs through December 14. 11.16. 1p. FREE

 

Dining in the Dark, Day of the Dead, and a Doggy 5K: Boston Halloween 2014

By: - Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 3:33pm

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Are you tired of the Halloween house party scene? Sick of finishing just out of the medals in bar costume contests? There’s much more to do this Halloween weekend, so you don’t have to stay home and hand out candy to an endless parade of Elsas whose parents aren’t even much older than you and somehow can afford to own property in your neighborhood, and that is truly frightening. (more…)