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Expect some typical spring weather this week. It should be mainly dry Monday – until late in the evening, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell. "There will be several rounds of showers, but a lot of dry time, too," Mitchell said. Wednesday and Thursday will be dry, with showers returning Friday. "Nothing major," Mitchell said of the r…

Western New Yorkers heading outside this week will want to remember an umbrella. The first few days of the week will bring sporadic showers across the region as several weather systems move through the area. Things should dry out a bit on Wednesday and Thursday, and there could even be some sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the mid 50s. Don't put the umbr…

At the outset, let me tell you some theoretical human health impacts from ongoing climate warming in the mean are just that - theoretical. I was brought to this topic by an article I received from what I consider an advocacy group which might not be as objective as I’d prefer. I sought out what I feel is a more objective organization with a deeper foundation of scientifi…

Thank Winter Storm Stella for driving the final stake into Western New York's drought. For the first time since last May 24, the National Drought Monitor in its weekly report that the region is entirely free of drought or abnormally dry soil conditions. The nearly 10-month stretch was the longest consecutive dry spell on record in Erie and Niagara counties, since t…

Ice chunks the size of cannon balls exploded from cone-shaped formations off of Point Gratiot in Dunkirk during last week’s Nor’easter. On both shores of Lake Ontario, icy hills or mountains spew plumes of sand, water, ice – and even fish. [PHOTO GALLERY: Ice volcanoes on Lake Erie] Moving pictures streamed to social media are capturing similar icy eruptions…

I decided to write this article on what will surely be the coldest day for the remainder of March. Thermally, we have nowhere to go but up, right? In the longer term, most guidance, including the 46-day experimental European output, favors temperatures to run above seasonal average for much of the spring in the plains, the Midwest and much of the Northeast west of centr…

It's part of the longest streak of record-breaking warm weather in Buffalo's history. The last of winter's days and first of early spring in March 2012 launched Buffalo right into summertime. Shorts and T-shirts were broken out. Buds popped on trees. And the flowers bloomed. March 2012 bested its counterpart from 1946 by nearly 3 full degrees as the warmest March …

Spring officially sprung Monday morning in Buffalo – on the calendar. Outdoors, the weather told a different tale. Snowflakes and freezing drizzle fell from steel-gray clouds. Temperatures remained cold. And 5 inches of snow clung to the ground. That snowpack was all that remains of the more than 20 inches of snow that fell in Buffalo as winter’s final week …

Though spring arrived today at 6:28 a.m., it won’t seem much different from winter. Forecasters say today will be dreary, with cloudy skies and a high of about 40. After a few rain and snow showers overnight, Tuesday should see a bit of improvement, with sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures, but it won’t last. The thermometer is due to drop down through th…

Spring is just two days away, but wintry weather will continue to prevail in the Buffalo area this weekend. A "very week band of mainly snow" was crossing all of Western New York, said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/843066108051689472 "It's not going to produce much," he said. We ca…

The mean global sea level is going up by 3.4 millimeters per year. The majority of that increase is tied to ongoing warming due to human activity, including the burning of fossil fuels, as well as deforestation. The rising sea levels occur due to freshwater ice melt and the expansion of sea water due to warming (water expands as it heats). The largest sources of freshw…

The winter weather warnings and advisories expired across many parts of the eastern United States in time for today's tip-off of the NCAA's March Madness. There's only one weather warning left in any of the eight cities hosting the first and second round matchups. It's for cold weather. In South Carolina. The National Weather Service has a freeze warning in place …

Wisconsin’s supporters woke up to an 11 degree day. The Fighting Irish faithful drove through snow – off three Great Lakes. For Princeton, Villanova and Virginia Tech’s fans, it was the wind. While we were battling the two-day storm known as “Stella,” getting to Buffalo on Wednesday wasn’t easy for fans coming to the NCAA Tournament basketball games wh…

Bright sunshine poured into metro Buffalo late Wednesday - putting an end to what, for many, was the biggest snowstorm of the winter. Officially, at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, the storm total was 19.6 inches. The sudden appearance of the sun was a pleasant surprise on a day that began with blustery winds and more of the constant snow that …