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Southern Niagara County was in the sweet spot Wednesday for the formation of several rounds of thunderstorms that dumped as much as 3 inches of rain in some areas, quickly overrunning stormwater drains and flooding streets, yards and basements.Sanborn, Wheatfield and Lockport were in the path of the heavy downpours that fell during the afternoon hours.“The storms formed in…

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Parts of southern Niagara County will likely see more than 2 inches of rain this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning for the southern part of the county through 3:45 p.m.The expected heavy rainfall in places including North Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Lockport may cause small streams and creeks to flood, along with high…

Following a dreary Monday that drenched the area and brought a region-wide flood watch, wet weather may still hang around Western New York the next two days, albeit on a much lesser scale.A slight chance of showers is forecast for this afternoon and tonight. It will remain cool, with highs around 70 and lows dropping to the mid-50s this evening, according to Dan Kelly, a m…

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Buffalo got a good soaking of rain late Sunday and Monday but managed to be in the right place to avoid getting completely drenched.That deluge of rain fell farther east, pounding Rochester with more than a month’s worth of rain – nearly 4 inches – in two days. Monroe, Wayne, Ontario and Livingston counties, as well as the Finger Lakes region, took the brunt of the heavies…

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Western New York remains under a flood watch until 5 p.m. today.By 6:30 a.m., 0.32 inches of rainfall had been registered at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, although eastern suburbs had received a much greater amount, according to Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.Radar estimated 2 to 3 inches of rain fell overnight i…

A flood watch has been issued for all of Western New York for this evening through late Monday afternoon.Heavier rain will begin after midnight, according to Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. Buffalo could see up to 2 inches of rain, while 2 1/2 inches could fall in the western Southern Tier.“Tonight we are expecting quite a…

Warm, humid conditions greeted Western New Yorkers at daybreak today, but change is on the way.This morning’s temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s were about 10 degrees above normal, according to Bob Hamilton, a meteorologist with the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.“It’s warmer just ahead of the cold front that’s moving in today to cool things down for the …

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Buffalonians could get all hot and bothered about the new data-crunch from WalletHub that puts Buffalo near the bottom of its “2014’s Cities With the Best and Worst Weather” list. But hot and bothered is not how we spend our beautiful summers, even when they are served a nasty slap from an upstart website looking for a little media attention. Anyone with a sense of history…

Hot, muggy conditions are forecast for today and Tuesday, with Tuesday expected to be one of the warmer days of the summer in Western New York.Highs today are expected to be in the lower 80s, a few degrees above normal, according to David Thomas, a meteorologist with the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. There may be an isolated shower south or east of the Ci…

A downdraft wind that managed to moved one Clarence shed late Saturday afternoon fell far short of being a tornado, according to the National Weather Service. “It went quickly on through and fizzled away,” said meteorologiist Bill Hibbert, working out of the Weather Service offices at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga. Office co-workers, he said, noticed a…

June weather roundup / The heat is onTEMPERATUREOne of the region’s longest and snowiest winters quickly became a distant memory as the mercury soared for much of June – finishing in 11th place on the list of all-time warmest recorded Junes. The 78.3-degree average daily high temperature was three degrees warmer than normal. The daily high was at least 70 degrees for all …

If you were planning on spending the weekend at the lake or by the pool, you may want to fit that into your schedule today.Today, temperatures are expected to reach 79 degrees, dropping to 71 degrees by 9 p.m., and the sky should stay mostly sunny. But tomorrow and Sunday look cloudy and wet.Saturday, Buffalo looks to be cloudy with occasional rain and possible thunder – t…

The “polar vortex” some feared could come to Buffalo this week – a rumor the National Weather Service shot down – has manifested in simply wet weather.There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation to continue today until 1 p.m., at which point the odds of showers will drop to 10 percent, so those heading to the Megadeth concert at Artpark should be dry. But the safest bet …

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For Sunday’s crowded slate of summertime events, a few hours were the difference between beauty and the beast.The people who set out for the Taste of Buffalo or Canal Fest at about 3:30 p.m., for example, enjoyed bright sunshine and a gentle breeze – the perfect weather for scarfing down chicken wings and hand-cut french fries.The brave few who ventured out several hours e…

If you’re headed out to the Taste of Buffalo today, bring a poncho – and that’s not just for covering up your expanding belly.It’s been pouring downtown today – the second day of the beloved food festival.But the festival will go on.“The restaurants are still serving,” said Laura Jacobs, spokeswoman for Taste of Buffalo.She said there hasn’t been any lightning in the area,…