Let’s begin with a rough sequence of events:
The winter of 2015 was the snowiest on record for Boston, with a total of 110.6 inches of snow falling.
As snow pounded the city, crews worked to find places to put it all. They piled it into so-called “snow farms”, creating massive, multi-story high mounds.
Eventually, winter mercifully let us up off the mat, and went away for a few months.
The aforementioned snow piles, however, did not go away. In late May, the science of their persistence was explored.
Throughout June, wagers were placed on when the piles would finally melt. The mayor even started a social media contest.
On July 6th, the New York Times published a piece on the remnants of the snow pile in Boston.
On July 7th, Boston.com’s Eric Levenson ribbed the Times for being late to the party.
Later that same day, the Washington Post took note of Boston.com’s post, joining in the mockery.
Which brings us to today, when I’m adding my own link to this goofy chain. It may be the final link, however, as it appears the last remaining pile has finally given up the ghost. On the evening of July 11th, I went hunting for the remnants of our last snow pile, on Tide Street in the Seaport area of Boston. Here’s what I found:
Not exactly a mound
Frankly, I was unsure if I was at the same location as the snow pile Katharine Q. Seelye had described thusly:
The well-insulated mound is actually quite chilly. Standing next to it is like standing next to a freezer with the door open. The gelid interior keeps any melting to a trickle.
Obviously, no such mound can be seen in my photo. It hardly seemed possible that a 12 foot mound could have disappeared so quickly. Yet it’s clear this is in fact the same location. First, there’s this side-by-side comparison, with the New York Times photo on the left and my own on the right:
Early July (?) on the left, July 11th on the right
Note the assorted telephone poles and trees, which show these shots were taken in the same place, and from the same angle. Second, mixed in with assorted hats, scarves, and coffee cups, one distinctive piece of trash was clearly visible:
Yes folks, that right there is a portion of Christmas tree. There can be no doubt that this accumulation of garbage stowed away with the snow back in February and March. Now, it’s all that remains. It seems finally time to declare the Boston’s last remaining snow pile dead. So long, winter of 2015. You won’t be missed.