Friday, March 2, 2018
Bomb Cyclone Riley Slams Boston
A BOMB CYCLONE BRINGS MASSIVE FLOODING TO NEW ENGLAND—AGAIN
From Boston to Portland, Maine, January’s “bomb cyclone” broke long-standing flood records set during the Blizzard of ‘78. This weekend’s storm could be worse. Eastern Massachusetts is expected to get up to five inches of rain, but it's the three to five feet of storm surge that will cause the biggest flooding problems. Because it's such a slow-mover, the storm will stick around for several tidal cycles.
This is just beginning to look like the new normal. Nor’easters are now to blame for 90 percent of Boston’s biggest floods, with 13 of the top 20 events having occurred since 2000. As climate change drives up ocean temperatures, these winter cyclones are expected to get stronger too. Rising sea levels will bring those destructive storm surges into with more and more homes, businesses, and other critical infrastructure.
This is Christopher Columbus Park, where I walk almost every day:
Although I live just up the street from Boston Harbor, we had no flooding in our immediate neighborhood, nor did we lose power. Lots of wind and rain, but not much else.
My friends visiting from France found this all very exciting. Back in their country, they had snow and ice.