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The Buffalo office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has reached out to Mayor Willie Rosas of Dunkirk, and the senator's staff members have promised to assist the mayor in the quest to reach his mother. As The Buffalo News reported earlier today, Rosas and his three siblings have been unable to reach their mother, Rosalia, 79, for six days, since Hurricane Maria caused sweep…

Willie Rosas is thinking about his mother's advice, more than ever. Twenty months ago, Rosalia Rosas flew home to watch as Willie was inaugurated as the mayor of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County. It was an unforgettable moment. Willie's parents were born in Puerto Rico. In Dunkirk, with a population of not quite 12,000, he became the first Latino in state history to be elec…

The temperature in Buffalo doesn't hit 90 degrees often in September, but when it does, it often happens more than once. On Sunday, the temperature at Buffalo hit 90 degrees. It made it to 91 degrees on Monday. This is the warmest air of 2017 — three days into autumn. The year's previous high temperature, 89 degrees, came June 17. Sunday's record-breaking he…

It took a while, but the warmest day of 2017 officially came on Sunday — two full days into autumn. The mercury struck 90 degrees for the first time this year, breaking the daily temperature record and matching the warmest day for a Bills home game in the team's 58-year history. Before Sunday, the highest temperature this year was recorded on June 17, an 89-degree da…

As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Denver game. It won't be hot enough for an official heat advisory by National Weather Service criteria, but numbers don't tell the whole story for fans on Sunday. It will be hot and humid with very little breeze to help create evaporative cooling on your skin, especially in tight quarter…

As of Friday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Denver game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Mild with rapid heating. Sunny, near calm. Temps start in the 70s warming to mid 80s by midday. Somewhat humid. GAME TEMPERATURE: 86-88. WIND: Light & variable, light NE during the game. Not a factor in the passing/kicking game. …

That headline may not sound like a Don Paul article. I shall revert to my stodgier self and explain. With all the talk about the accuracy of the American model of storm tracking versus the European model, in Irma’s case a private sector model was the best performer. Panasonic, yes, the electronics company, has developed a powerful global computer model which outperfor…

They are safe now. The hurricane has passed. The floodwaters have receded. The Martinez children – Izak, 16, Aubrie, 15, and Emmaleigh, 8 – are in Buffalo, more than 1,600 miles from their home in Rockport, Texas that they were forced to flee as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward their little seaside city. After the eyewall of the hurricane made landfall on the nig…

Planet Earth is round. It can be defined as an oblate spheroid, since its rotation causes it to be slightly wider at the equator, but if you shrunk our planet down it would be as round and as smooth as billiard ball, even though its peaks and valleys seem massive from our vantage point. But despite this universally accepted, undeniable and easily provable scientific f…

As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Broncos game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Mild, quickly becoming warm/summerlike toward midday. Maybe a bit of patchy fog very early, then mostly sunny and tranquil with temperatures rising from 70 at 8 a.m. to 82 by noon. GAME TEMPERATURE: 83-86. WIND: Light and variable, m…

Five times this century, the mercury has soared to 80 degrees in Buffalo on game day. The sixth is forecast this Sunday when the second-place Buffalo Bills host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. at New Era Field in Orchard Park. The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies and a high of 85 degrees. The weather service forecast shows a kickoff temperature of 8…

Sweat equity thanks to Hurricane Irma is an equal opportunity occupier in Naples and Collier County, Florida. But it could have been much worse if it weren’t for the excellent leadership of Gov. Rick Scott and that of local authorities. My wife Joanne and I watched in awe as Irma spent a harrowing eight hours - with gusts of more than 100 mph - going through Southw…

Fall begins in Buffalo at 4:02 p.m. Friday. But this week will feel a lot more like July. Daytime temperatures in the 80s are expected every day through next Sunday, except for a high of 78 degrees on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. AccuWeather, which projects forecasts out even further, calls for temperatures to stay in the 70s …

As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at Charlotte, N.C., weather for Sunday's Bills-Carolina game. Game temperature: 83-86. Wind: Light NE picking up a bit to 7-14 during the game. Precipitation: Ten percent probability of an isolated shower in the vicinity in the afternoon (meaning highly unlikely). Tailgate forecast: Mild, tranquil, mostly sunny.…

Hurricane barriers will be easier talked about than designed and paid for. But most engineers and land planners agree societal costs will be much higher if we don’t engage in building physical barriers where possible in vulnerable coastal areas. The same fate applies if we don’t take strong action to protect wetlands in and near those metro areas. The problems of ri…