Time lapse shows slow melt of Boston’s biggest snow pile

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BOSTON — Neither sunshine, nor warm temperatures are any match for Boston’s biggest snow pile.

Storm after storm, in February and March, that’s where trucks would pull in and dump most of the city’s snow. Eventually, the parking lot pile reached more than 75 feet high!

Now, most of it has melted, but it hasn’t been pretty. The time lapse above was set up to show the melting. It was made by ChoiceStream and shot from the 5th floor of their office building.

You can see the red line marking the highest point of the snow. The video starts in March and goes all the way into early July. You can even see the leaves appear on the trees in mid-May.

Even today, there is still some ice encrusted deep inside, but there are also pieces of  trash, parts of cars, glass, and other waste.

Three factors have contributed to the snow pile’s ability to linger in warm weather: the thickness of the pile, the below-normal amounts of rain and the amount of energy needed to convert ice to liquid.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh started a contest on Twitter using the hashtag #BOSMeltNow to let people guess the date the snow will be completely melted. Will it melt before winter begins? Bostonians will have to wait and see.