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Season's First Snow Falls on Framingham

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 9:17 pm on October 27, 2011
Framingham, MA - first snow of the year, October 27,2011

Employee's working evening shifts in Framingham area retail stores find their cars covered with wet snow from the year's first snowfall, Oct. 27, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After raining all day, when temperatures dropped after sunset the rain first turned to sleet, then to snow, accumulating on unpaved surfaces across the town.

By 9:00pm a light coating of wet snow covered lawns, cars, shrubbery, rooftops and powerlines.

With weather reports predicting overnight temperatures would fall below freezing, the Town of Framingham sent out highway department vehicles to salt and sand the town's roads.

Having to treat roads in October is doubly worrisome as a recent $1.5 million dollar budget calculation error has the Town's Chief Financial Officer asking Town Meeting to approve removing $287k from this year's snow and ice removal budget.

Snow on shrubbery, an unusual sight for October in Framingham.

Snow on shrubbery, an unusual sight for October in Framingham.

Meteorologists are watching a low pressure air mass and precipitation which are moving up the United States' east coast and could bring more snow to Framingham in the next few days if the weather arrives during the overnight when temperatures are low.


Two Small Earthquakes 67 Miles From Framingham

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 5:12 am on May 16, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Two small earthquakes were detected less than 15 miles off Cape Cod last night.

At 8:39PM, a Magnitude 2.1 quake was detected, followed by a lessor, Magnitude 1.3 tremor at approximately 8:46PM .


MAP - May 15, 2011 - Earthquake off Cape Cod

Two small tremors detected off coast of Cape Cod. Map image based on official U.S. Geological Survey, (USGS), data pinpoint the location of the quakes which were detected less than 70 miles from Framingham, MA.


The quakes, which were centered 12 miles from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, approximately 14 miles west of Martha's Vineyard --  15 miles from New Bedford with the epicenter only 67 miles southwest of Framingham.

Seismologists for the New England Seismic Network of the Weston Observatory of Boston College confirmed the data, (officially USGS Earthquake Event ID #ne00001256 and #ne00001257).

By comparison, the quakes which devestated Japan earlier this year were in the 9+ Magnitude range, effecticely thousands of times stronger than these small tremors which were too weak to be felt on land.

Visit the USGS Earthquake center, ( ), for additional info.




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