They say everything's bigger in Texas.
Catastrophic storms are no exception.
Leaving Hurricane Harvey's devastating 130 mph winds at landfall out of the equation and comparing only precipitation that the storm's wall of rain has dropped over southeast Texas over the last four days, consider this:
If the precipitation totals in Houston fell as snow the way they did…
The impulse to want to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey any way possible is strong. But the Better Business Bureau is cautioning donors to do a little bit of homework before deciding how to contribute to make sure the money goes to the people and organizations who can help victims in the best way possible.
“Donors need to be aware of some key cautions so that thei…
Some 84 people in Western New York belong to a network of weather spotters, and they let the National Weather Service know how much rain, hail or snow has fallen in their yards.
The national coordinator of the network, in a visit Monday to Buffalo, said at least 17 additional weather spotters are needed in the region.
Precipitation reports from a dense network of spo…
Houston is setting unprecedented daily and weekly rainfall records as now Tropical Storm Harvey remains stalled over southeastern Texas entering its fourth day.
Weather service offices across the eastern half of the nation are keeping tabs on where the moisture-laden storm system will track once it finally gets jolted from its perch over Texas and Louisiana.
Buffalo's used to snow.
But tornadoes and waterspouts?
Following Tuesday's tornado watch, waterspouts were spotted over Lake Erie Wednesday evening. Here are a few of our favorites:
A much cooler airmass will arrive in the Buffalo Niagara region for the next few days.
It has the potential to spawn "a few waterspouts" over the warmer waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, according to the National Weather Service.
Waterspouts were spotted over Lake Erie Wednesday evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Buffalo area including Depew, Lancaster and Batavia until 8 p.m.
Earlier, the service had canceled a tornado watch for Western New York.
The tornado watch had been issued for all of Western New York until 9 p.m.
The watch, issued by the National Weather Service, meant tornadoes were poss…
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for portions of southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties until 2 p.m.
Wind gusts of 60 mph have been indicated on radar, the weather service said.
All of Western New York continues to face the threat of severe weather through tonight.
Pictures of what looked like a tiny tornado over Lake Erie began popping up on social media Saturday evening as air cooling aloft the warm lake created the right conditions for a cold air funnel cloud.
The disturbance didn't register on the National Weather Service's radar but, judging from pictures taken by bystanders, meteorologists assume it was a funnel cloud as opp…
It'll be hot and muggy enough today to make the shores of Lake Erie an attractive place to seek relief.
But forecasters at the National Weather Service caution the water might be a dangerous place to be today.
The weather service issued a beach hazards statement cautioning that between noon and about 11 p.m. "strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions" are…
This is the part of the calendar when Lake Erie's waters near Buffalo are typically the warmest of the season.
Except for this year.
After starting out the summer with record warmth, the lake waters have cooled off over the last several weeks.
Driven by cooler temperatures and more precipitation, Lake Erie is six degrees cooler than both this date a year a…
Enjoy your August.
The Farmers' Almanac says the winter of 2017-18 will feature "the cold, the dry, the wet and the wild."
The Buffalo Niagara region will be in "the cold," according to the prognosticators.
"From the Great Lakes and into the Northeast, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected," the Farmers' Almanac predicted.
If that forecast alarms you, kee…
As I write this article, it’s simply too soon to try to predict cloud cover for eclipse viewing on Aug. 21. Yes, there are models that go out that far in time, but forecast skill for cloud cover in this time range, with or without models, is virtually nil for much of the country, including our region.
So, I’ll stick to what effects the eclipse may produce, based on …
How can a planet with virtually no air have fascinating weather? Bear with me, and we shall see.
Back in the early 1980s when I was working in Detroit, I spent some time with University of Michigan scholar and planetary scientist Thomas Donahue, going through some basics about meteorology on the other planets in our solar system. I recall his touching upon Mercury as be…
Less than a month after four tornadoes ripped through Western New York in one day, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is blasting a House of Representatives proposal he said would cut spending on data-gathering weather satellites.
Schumer, D-N.Y., who made a stop Monday morning in Cheektowaga, said he believes the House's proposal to slash spending on polar s…