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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southern Cattaraugus County and Southeast Chautauqua County as well as a severe thunderstorm watch in Buffalo.The warning, which means a storm is imminent, predicts the extreme weather will begin in the next 45 minutes. Though there is no severe weather in Buffalo at the moment, the watch indicates t…

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After an ideal July 4th weekend, who can complain about some showers and thunderstorms today? Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain, the National Weather Service says. The high today will be near 76, and chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Rainfall will amount to between a quarter and half of an inch.More showers and thunderstorms are likely ton…

Don’t worry.The rain that’s falling across the region right now will be tapering off in the next couple of hours – in plenty of time for fireworks shows tonight.“The rain should come to an end later this afternoon,” said Dave Zaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.“We might see a brief break in the cloud cover,” Zaff said. There will be l…

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So your car is packed, the kids and dog are ready, and you’ve just finished wrapping your last sandwich for the big trip.The Fourth of July is Friday, and you’ve decided to take the family on a road trip this weekend.You’re not alone – nationally or locally.About 41 million people in the country plan to travel this weekend – 85 percent will do so by car, according to a AAA…

Nature’s air-conditioner – a stiff breeze off Lake Erie – took the edge off the sweltering heat Tuesday for most of Western New York and blew away the threat of afternoon thunderstorms. Temperature in Buffalo peaked at 86 about 11 a.m., with a heat index of 90. High in Rochester was 89. Strong southwest winds gusted to 40 mph, sending the thunderstorms to the Finger Lakes …

Meteorologists are keeping their eyes on a “mini-front” headed toward Buffalo that has the potential to bring scattered severe thunderstorms to the region this afternoon or evening.“Any storm that develops has the potential of damaging winds and potentially large hail,” warned Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service’s Buffalo office.But where such storms would hit i…

Head for the beach. Only the areas along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario will provide relief from another day of high heat and humidity Monday, forecasters say.Temperatures are expected to hit the upper 80s or low 90s, with heat index readings a few degrees higher. Except for scattered thundershowers in the Southern Tier, it should be mostly clear and sunny. Monda…

The glare from bright sunshine shouldn’t be a factor later for soccer fans who gather to watch the United States take on Germany in the World Cup at noon on big screens in downtown Buffalo.And participants in this weekend’s Ride for Roswell fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute can celebrate Friday night’s opening ceremony and special Peloton ride in dry and comfort…

It may not be raining where you are right now, but it’s out there.“It’s here, there and everywhere else,” meteorologist Dave Zaff of the National Weather Service in Buffalo said this morning.One wave of rain moved through the metro area at about 4 a.m., then the Southtowns got a pretty good dose about two hours later, he noted.“There’s more upstream and there will be more …

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As summer begins – officially at 6:51 a.m. today – Western New Yorkers are ready for a hot-weather season that is every bit as glorious as our blizzard-packed winter was bad. And there is a simple reason why, perfectly stated by Betty Barvian of Wyoming County: “We deserve a good summer.”Remember seeing double-digit negative wind chills that lasted for days on end? Snow, m…

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A line of violent weather, which spawned suspected tornadoes in southern Ontario and in Michigan, raced across Western New York Tuesday evening, leaving thousands of homes without power, mainly along the Lake Ontario shoreline. One of the storms that struck northern Niagara and Orleans counties just after 7 p.m. resulted in damage. Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo Ne…

After an unseasonably cool start to the weekend Saturday, temperatures are expected to pick up today and extend into the upper 70s.At the peak of the afternoon Saturday, the high temperature barely climbed into the 60s. National Weather Service Meterolgist Aaron Reynolds said the cooler-than-normal temperatures were the result of a cold front that brought quite a bit of ch…

Thunderstorms moving through downtown Buffalo will likely be over between 7 and 8 p.m. There will be heavy rain, but the National Weather Service says there will not be any severe weather.There could be another passing shower or thunderstorm overnight.

The Southern Tier bore the brunt of torrential downpours that dropped nearly four inches of rain in some places Wednesday and resulted in flash flooding in several areas.Streams overflowed their banks in several parts of Chautauqua and southwest Cattaraugus counties early Wednesday morning, and heavy rains were storming areas just east of there later in the day, according …