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Longing for the 80s again? The first 80-degree day of 2017 is forecast for Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for 84 degrees, which would make it the warmest day in Buffalo since September. A sharp ridge will help pull warm southerly air into the Buffalo Niagara region during the middle of the week, forecasters said. "Te…

I’ll open with a disclaimer: Summer outlooks are fuzzy, by nature. In general, the weather and its patterns are less well-defined during summer months than during the winter. The low-pressure troughs and high-pressure ridges are flatter, the polar jet stream is slower and retreats to the north, and the storm systems that cross the nation are weaker…"in general.” Tha…

Minor flooding is expected near Ellicott Creek in and around Williamsville later today, a day after a record amount of rain fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. While a flood warning remains in effect for that portion of Ellicott Creek, a similar warning has been cancelled for Cayuga Creek near Lancaster, the weat…

Many allergy sufferers already know we’re off to a tough pollen season for this early in spring. The warm winter has moved the blooming season ahead of schedule, and there has been plenty of precipitation to assist in developing full foliage. At this time in April, the primary culprits in our region are pollen grains from maple, poplar and elm trees. While (to my know…

You may want to waterproof your Easter bonnet. Though temperatures are expected to reach the low 60s Sunday, occasional showers and a possible thunderstorm before 5 p.m. are in the offing, according to the National Weather Service. The likelihood of rain will increase after 5 p.m., to 80 percent, with up to a quarter of an inch or more falling in some areas. The w…

While there have been disturbing signs of major cuts in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA and NASA’s budget in vital climate science, it appears NOAA’s National Weather Service will not be suffering an identical fate and philosophy of neglect. Congress has sent a 97-page bill to President Trump which will actually invest $1 billion in National We…

It’s safe to assume the majority of white knuckle drives are related to weather. It can be snow, fog, heavy rain or even light rain. I drive a sedan which is equipped with a safety sensing package which warns me if I’m drifting out of my lane and can even steer me back into my lane if I ignore the shaking steering wheel. If I’ve been lackadaisical about steerin…

It’s finally safe to say it. Spring is here. The proof? No snow in the forecast for the week ahead. No ice either. Temperatures from now through next Sunday are supposed to stay above freezing. Monday will be so nice it will feel like we’ve skipped straight ahead to summer. There will be sunshine, warming things up from a mild morning low around 50 to highs in th…

Roads are wet - slick in some spots - as snow continues to fall across Western New York. Some accidents have been reported in the region, including a pickup in a ditch along the southbound Interstate 190 on Grand Island, north of the Whitehaven Road exit. https://twitter.com/ErieCountyDPW/status/850284934476341248 The snow is expected to continue through the morni…

Heavy snow in April. It's coming to the Buffalo Niagara region on Friday. Here's what's forecast to happen and when: Tonight An intensifying storm system will work its way up through the Buffalo Niagara region tonight, according to the National Weather Service. That system, and the heavy rain it brought, helped Buffalo break a 131-year-old daily rainfall re…

A 131-year-old record for daily rainfall could be broken in Buffalo Thursday. About two inches of rain is forecast. That's going to stress wastewater treatment plants for sure – as well as creeks and streams. Here's a look at some that are forecast to be the most threatened by rising waters: Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus creeks are forecast among the mos…

Temperature The monthly temperature for March 2017 -- 33 degrees -- was below normal in Buffalo for the first time since last April. And, for the first time since 1984, March was a colder month in Buffalo than February. Highs and Lows HIGH: 62 degrees, March 24. LOW: 7 degrees, March 5. Monthly Averages for March HIGH: 40 degrees (2 degrees below …

Winds gusting near 60 mph are possible today across Western New York following a strong cold front, the National Weather Service reported. The weather service issued a high wind warning for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties today from noon until 11 p.m. Steady southwest winds up to 30 mph with gusts to 55 or 60 mph are expected. …

You won’t have to look at the calendar this week to know that it’s April. The National Weather Service has rain in the outlook every day. Happily, the showers ought to hold off Monday until after dark. That will make this the most pleasant day of the week, thanks to a flow of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. Afternoon highs should be in the 60s under cloudy skies. …

Western New York is not exactly tornado alley. Longtime residents know we are not immune to them, although the recent lack of activity may make it seem so to newcomers. In my first spring here on May 31, 1985, a mega-outbreak which included eastern Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania, southern Ontario and upstate New York produced 44 confirmed tornadoes resulting in 90 fatalities…