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Don Paul

Don Paul is a frequent contributor on weather/climate for The Buffalo News. He is also a staff meteorologist for WKBW and a former chief meteorologist for WIVB.


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Anyone remember the weather in December 2015, when the mean temperature was an astonishing 12 degrees above average, and there was a total of 1 inch of snow? That will not be the story of this December. This is the look of the winds at about 18,000 feet late Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Note the orientation of the lines, running across the Pacific …

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium TAILGATE FORECAST: Cool, but tranquil start. Plenty of sunshine will bring temps up quickly from 45 degrees at 8 a.m. to 58 by midday. GAME TEMPERATURE: 60-63. WIND: Light southwest winds pregame increasing to 10 to 20 mph by gametime. Winds likely …

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“Don’t get me wrong,” clucked the meteorologist. Lake-effect snow forecasting has improved enormously over the last four decades. However, the improvements have progressed at such an incremental pace it might be difficult for many in the public to notice. For example, in 1984 when I arrived here, the primary weather model in our arsenal couldn’t recognize the Great Lake…

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As of Friday morning, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. TAILGATE FORECAST: Sweater or light jacket. Pleasantly cool start. Mainly sunny, light wind. 8 a.m. 45 degrees, rising to 59 by midday. GAME TEMPERATURE: 60-63 WIND: Light southwest winds early picking up to 15-20 mph by and during game. Limited impact…

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As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. Tailgate forecast: Chilly start, with bright sun to help. 8 a.m. temperature is 38, rising to 50 by midday. Light southwest wind. Game temperature: 51-55 degrees. Wind: Southwest 10-15 increasing to 15-20 during game, producing modest wind chill and…

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST Bills-Chargers game at StubHub Stadium in Carson, Calif. Tailgate forecast: Mostly sunny and mild. Temperatures reaching mid-70s with a light wind. Game temperature: 74 dropping to 64 by game's end. Wind: Light SW becoming light NE, 5-10. No significant effect on kick…

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As of Friday, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST Bills-Chargers game at StubHub Stadium in Carson, Calif. TAILGATE FORECAST: Sunny and Mild. Temps reaching mid-70s with a light wind. GAME TEMPERATURE: 75 dropping to 64 by game's end. WIND: Light SW becoming light NE. No effect on kicking/passing game. PRECIPITATION: None prior to …

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Climate scientists look at longer time spans involving ice and sediment cores to judge climate change. I tend to look at trends over the last couple of decades in judging climate change, especially on a regional and local scale. In that time frame, I hadn’t detected very much of a trend on local lake-effect snow accumulations which had consistency for more than a couple…

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Every adult meteorologist has a different story in their childhood, but there is a common thread which runs through most of our formative years. It’s fascination with storms. Not partly sunny, not patchy fog, not Indian Summer … but STORMS! Most meteorologists develop a passion for stormy weather early in life. Even today, when I meet meteorology undergrads, the story r…

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As of Tuesday evening, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's 4 p.m. EST Buffalo Bills-Los Angeles Chargers game at StubHub Stadium, a temporary 30,000 seat facility east of LA. TAILGATE FORECAST: Partly cloudy and tranquil. Late AM temperature: upper 60s, light wind. GAME TEMPERATURE: 75 dropping to 67 degrees. WIND: Light, variable. No effect on kic…

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's somewhat improved look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Saints game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Mostly cloudy with a cold start, but not much wind chill. 8 a.m.: Temperatures of 30-32, rising to near 40 by midday. GAME TEMPERATURE: 41-44. WIND: S/SE: 7-13, producing some minor wind chill with only a small effe…

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As of Friday morning, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Saints game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Cold but with little wind chill. 8 a.m. temperature: 33, rising to near 40 by midday. GAME TEMPERATURE: 41-44. WIND: Light S to SE: 5-10 mph, little effect on kicking/passing game. PRECIPITATION: None prior to…

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A long-awaited document was released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA administered U.S. Global Change Research Program. This is one of the most encyclopedic compendiums of its kind, and it was issued despite some indications of hostility toward its findings by the current administration. The research project has roots which precede this…

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As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Saints game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Cold start. Mostly cloudy. 8 a.m. temperature: 30. GAME TEMPERATURE: 41-44. WIND: SW: light in the morning, increasing to 10-15 mph by afternoon. Some wind chill for the game. PRECIPITATION: Probably none for early tailgating. Incr…

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Those of us in the broadcast sector of weather forecasting have had a longtime advantage in freedom to choose flexible language to describe not only predicted weather, but the impact that weather would have on the public, transportation and business. People like me who have been allowed to run off at the mouth as we see fit have been able to talk outside of the box in desc…