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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…

The month of March will go out like a lion -- a very wet lion. A complex storm system is forecast to bring up to 2 inches of rainfall to parts of the Buffalo Niagara region. The precipitation was forecast to move into the Buffalo Niagara region by mid-afternoon today. It came on schedule. But when it did arrive, it came in the form of snow. "Precipitation fall…

Coal is still the big, big cheese in heavy industry and power generation in much of the world. Despite that, President Trump’s Tuesday speech concerning his environmental regulation rollback and a big jobs comeback for our embattled coal miners is not likely to meet his expectations, as much due to market forces as it is to environmental regulations. In the United …

The 10 month streak of above-average warmth in Buffalo looked like a goner last week. A cold and unusually snowy start to March dropped the average temperature for the month to just over 29 degrees as late as last Thursday. The comeback is underway. It's possible that a week-long run of above-normal temperatures to end the month could erase a nearly four-degre…

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…