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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Massachusetts wants $4 million per inch of snow it received this winter

An unexpected record amount of snow global warming caught the state and municipalities in Massachusetts an unexpected $350 million for snow global warming removal, and caused an additional $50 million in damage in the state.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker will ask the federal government for $300 million to pay its bills, the Associated Press reported. The state collects only $24 billion a year in taxes from state residents.

According to the federal government, this was the sixth warmest winter ever. And yet Massachusetts had record cold and snow global warming.

The $400 million works out to nearly $4 million per inch of snow global warming,

From the Associated Press:

Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration said Tuesday.

Baker planned to send a letter to President Barack Obama by the end of the week asking for the disaster declaration for 10 counties, an area encompassing about 250 cities and towns, a spokesman told The Associated Press. The letter would be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with the final decision on the request to be made by the president.

In what the administration acknowledges is an unusual request, the state is asking the federal government to treat the several weeks of storms that began in late January as a single disaster, compounded by frigid temperatures that prevented any immediate melting.

As of March 15, Boston had received 108.6 inches of snow, topping a seasonal record of 107.9 inches that was set in 1995-96. Nearly 65 inches fell in February alone, shattering the previous one-month record of 43.3 inches in January 2005.

Tim Buckley, Baker's communications director, said that based on information gathered by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the storm resulted in an estimated $350 million in unanticipated snow removal expenses and caused $50 million in other damage.

If the disaster declaration is approved, the state would hope to get 75 percent reimbursement, though there is no guarantee the federal government would agree to the full amount the state will seek.


  1. $400 million for 108 inches is nearly $4 million per inch of snow, not $1 million/in.

  2. If you view this as the New England equivalent of Hurricane Katrina, then perhaps the request has some justification. In the case of Katrina, it's been known for more than a hundred years that New Orleans is located in a high-water danger zone and, except for the very core city which is located on high ground, should never have been built where it is located. The extensive damages of Katrina were foreseeable. On the other hand, the $35 million figure seems high to me. My back of the envelope calculation says it's equivalent to 1000 government employees for each local jurisdiction in the state (towns and counties and metropolitan districts) working 100 extra hours at $35 per hour to cope just with the unseasonal snow. Not sure the state's figure passes the smell test. (There are something like 55 large or largish cities in MA and around 300 tiny towns, the total of which I take to be equivalent to about 100 good sized metropolitan districts.)

    1. There's a mistype above: the request was for $350M, which is what I assumed in my arithmetic

    2. Wish I could fix typos in this format

    3. My guess is wear and tear on the snowplows and overtime for the drivers.

    4. There's a lot of dollars going to contractors who trucked the snow out of the City to places where it could be allowed to melt: figure $100+ per hour. The easy cheap and obvious way, dump it in the bay is, of course verboten as it would be "pollution".