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The temperature in Buffalo set a new daily record at 1:30 p.m. today when the mercury reached 85 degrees, the National Weather Service reported. It's the first 80 degree reading in Buffalo in April since it reached 82 degrees on April 18, 2013, and is the ninth-warmest April day ever in Buffalo. But, the blast of summer won't stick around long. https://twitter.co…

Now that Earth Day and the March for Science are behind us, I’d like to bring you a look at ongoing climate science and some seeming paradoxes surrounding it. Carbon dioxide is up more than 40 percent since around 1880, and humans have caused nearly all of that increase. The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the longest-running site for precise carbon dioxide measureme…

Another active weather week in Buffalo is taking aim at a few all-time records. A daily heat mark will be challenged Thursday. A deep southerly flow will warm things up into the mid-80s, forecasters said. The record for the date is 84 degrees set in 1984. It also would be the first 80-degree reading in April in four years. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/24/warmest…

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…