“It looks like a landfill,” the Times says, with gunk and muck and other disgusting things that got picked up along the snow-plowed path during Boston’s epic, record-breaking winter. Over 110 inches of snow fell this winter in Beantown, most of which came within a span of two months.
“But what the mound has lost in stature, it has made up for in sheer endurance,” writes the Times. “Few predicted it would last this long.”
Except they kind of did.
“Yes, the Times notes in a tone normally reserved for nature documentary narrators, it’s July and there is still snow sitting around,” writes Boston.com’s Eric Levenson.
This isn’t Levenson’s first snow pile rodeo. He’s been covering snow ad nauseam since the height of winter. In May he eloquently described the thermodynamic phase changes of ice piles such as this one, and why it takes so darn long (especially without rain) to melt them.
But instead of likening the icy, compact pile to a landfall, Levenson compared it to a beautiful snowman. “This is the reason why a snowman can remain solid while the snow and powder on the nearby ground melts,” he wrote back in May. “That snowman’s compactness means that he (or she) needs more energy to melt.”
Alas, the pile is still there. Yep, it’s July. Boston mayor Marty Walsh is hosting a Twitter contest (#BOSMeltSnow) to see who can correctly guess the date it will finally melt, and put an end to the remnants of Winter 2015. To be clear — Boston.com’s official guess is “never.”
The snow pile now:
The snow pile in February: