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Dry start to August expected

What happened to the rain?

The forecast promised a wet weekend for Western New York. There were supposed to be showers, even thunderstorms, on Saturday and again on Sunday. But most places never saw them.

“Buffalo once again got missed,” National Weather Service meteorologist David Thomas said Sunday evening. “So much of this summer, Buffalo has been missed. Today there was a little bit of a shadow (from Lake Erie) keeping Buffalo dry.”

Not everywhere was dry on Sunday, however.

Parts of Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties were drenched by rainstorms Sunday morning, receiving half an inch to more than an inch of precipitation.

For the second straight day, thunderstorms hit areas around Jamestown in southern Chautauqua County, along with parts of southern Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Sunday evening saw a line of showers across the Southtowns in Erie County, edging slowly northward.

There’s rain in the forecast Monday, too, but it promises to be hit or miss. The Buffalo metro area, Niagara and Orleans counties stand a good chance of seeing none at all.

“Drier air will be starting to build across the region,” Thomas explained. “The rain should stay largely to the south and east of Buffalo. There’s only a 20 percent chance of it at the airport or in downtown Buffalo. It looks like it will be a dry start to the month.”

Thomas said that heat is expected to return at midweek, with temperatures nearing 90 Thursday. Then, he noted, a cold front is due to arrive with a lot of moisture.

“We’re forecasting showers and thundershowers late Friday, a 60 percent chance,” he said. “But we’re five, six days out. It could change.”

email: danderson@buffnews.com

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