Boston’s record-breaking snow in numbers
The US city of Boston has been firmly in the grip of winter during the past month and literally plunged into copious amounts of snow.
A persistent weather pattern of the jet stream diving southwards across the north east of the US has allowed frigidly cold air to pour out of the Arctic.
This harsh cold has been met with active low pressure systems repeatedly hitting much of New England, giving an unbelievable amount of snow in the last month, after a very quiet start to the winter season.
243,766 miles ploughed
The number of miles that Boston’s snow ploughs have travelled so far this winter season – more than the distance between the earth and the moon, which is around 238, 855 miles.
70,014 tons of salt
This is how much salt has been spread on the city’s roads so far this winter, which is the same weight as around 5000 of London’s new Routemaster buses.
136,763 hours ploughed
Equivalent to almost 5700 days or 15.6 years, this is the epic amount of time that snow ploughs have spent on the roads this winter season.
— City of Boston (@NotifyBoston) February 11, 2015
This is the total amount of snow that has fallen in Boston so far this winter. Whilst not yet reaching the snowiest winter on record (1995-96), when 107.6 inches fell, it means that the city has broken its 14-day, 20-day and 30-day snowfall records. And just when you thought that there couldn’t possibly be any more snow on the way, it looks as though another snowstorm may hit New England this weekend.
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 10, 2015
I’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather there in the coming days and posting updates on Twitter – @liamdutton