Photo Essay: Jibbing the Bean in the historic winter of ’15

Photo Essay: Jibbing the Bean in the historic winter of ’15

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Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of a street-skier.
On the eighteenth of February, in twenty-fifteen,
Hardly a rail had not been cleaned.
T-Wall said to his friend, “If the cops march
By land or sea to make busts to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to drop-in and let fly,
Because that’s what we do: grease ‘er first-try.”

As of 7:00 p.m. EST on March 15, 2015 [one year ago, today], the National Weather Service in Boston announced Logan International Airport received 108.6 inches of snow, making 2014–15 the snowiest season “Beantown” had experienced in its recorded history. Consider the fact that the average seasonal snowfall at Logan is 43.5 inches, and that should help to put things into perspective. A total of 94.4 inches fell between January 24 and February 22, 2015, crushing the previous 30-day record set in 1978—58.8 inches. USA Today reported, “At one point in early February, enough snow had been plowed in the Boston area to fill the [New England] Patriots’ football stadium about 90 times. That’s more than 25 million tons of snow.”

As such, problems abounded: Snowfall across the greater Boston area cost the region’s economy an estimated $2 billion; at least 130 roofs collapsed; public transportation systems were crippled; efficient response to medical emergencies was jeopardized and city schools were closed for eight days, the most since records began.

Between December 1, 2014, and March 5, 2015, there were approximately 4,400 cancelations and 17,700 delays for flights coming into or departing Logan. Between January 25 and February 21, the city recorded 28 straight days with temps of 20 degrees or below—yet another record. For most Bostonians, the snowfall was a nightmare. For many skiers, it was a godsend.

This 33-image essay showcases photographs taken by Erik Seo and Christopher “Topher” Baldwin; the images and their associated captions highlight the experiences of the Good Company crew and members of Stept Studios who posted up in Boston for the duration of the major storms. To put it plainly, these shahts ah wicked fahkin’ pissah, dude.

Sources: National Weather Service; USA Today; The Vane; The Weather Channel; Insurance Journal; FlightAware.

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