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Western New York woke up Wednesday to many traffic delays and unpassable roads due to flash flooding and heavy rains in the overnight and early morning hours. Several roadways saw closures or detours due to heavy rains, including the I-190, the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road in Amherst and the intersection of Elmwood and Hertel avenues in North B…

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One of the National Weather Service's most attention-grabbing weather headlines is coming back to the Buffalo Niagara region this year. Starting Oct. 1, the weather service will have the "lake-effect snow warning" back in its quiver of products, the agency recently announced. The weather service shelved the warning last year in favor or the broader "winter storm warn…

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It has been a “salubrious” summer for legendary WKBW-TV weatherman Tom Jolls. Jolls, who was part of the famous Channel 7 trio with news anchor Irv Weinstein and sportscaster Rick Azar that dominated local news ratings in Western New York for generations, learned that he is finally is entering the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. “I was very surprised and ho…

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On a just-completed trip to Glacier National Park in northern Montana, I snapped this picture of the largest remaining glacier in the park, Jackson. This was a vacation journey to one of our most beautiful national parks, which remains stunning. As many of you might suspect, the park’s glaciers are shrinking, as are the majority of the world’s glaciers. When the park op…

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Strong thunderstorms are expected across Western New York late this morning. Some have the potential to become severe, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters were tracking a line of storms approaching the region from the west ahead of a cold front. Severe thunderstorm warnings were posted across the region. Wind gusts up to 60 mph were assoc…

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For the first month since February, the monthly temperature in Buffalo was warmer than average in July. At an average temperature of 74 degrees, the mercury averaged about 3 degrees warmer than normal. Even so, the statistic wasn't particularly impressive. "It wasn't even in the Top 10," said Tony Ansuini, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "For folks …

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The most visible symptom of runaway arctic warming is not rising sea levels — a topic for another article — but the huge number of wildfires now in progress. Wildfires during the arctic summer are not unusual. However, the intensity and number of wildfires this year is unprecedented in the instrumented era. Via the BBC, here is an image marking the fires from NASA polar o…

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Up to this point, July has been warmer and drier than average in Western New York. Buffalo is running 2.7 degrees above average for its mean monthly temperature, which is far from unusual. Rainfall, after a surplus for most of the year, is running well below average for the month. It’s at just 1.04 inches with 2.45 inches being average. For the first time this year, I can …

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Yes, corn sweat is a thing. We sweat. Through a process called evapotranspiration, corn sweats as well. This process is not much of a thing around the City of Buffalo, but farther inland where corn is being grown, it is a bigger deal. It’s long been known in meteorology that corn and other large-scale crops such as soybeans add significant moisture to air. Dew points in p…

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In the recent hot spell, Western New York got off comparatively easy. While we had some oppressive dew points in the 70s, the  temperatures were nothing out of the ordinary. Elsewhere, the heat index soared to truly dangerous levels in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, and much of the Midwest. Among large cities, Minneapolis peaked with a heat index of 115. This …

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A severe thunderstorm watch was posted for all of Western New York through 10 p.m. Friday. Storms began firing up through southern Ontario and the Niagara Frontier early this afternoon and impacted much of the Niagara Frontier with a burst of high winds, heavy rain and lightning. Several severe thunderstorm warnings were in place from about 1:30 p.m. until 3:15 p…

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One very hot ridge of high pressure stacked up in the atmosphere through the first half of the weekend looked like this aloft. I can’t help feeling even the “untrained eye” can capture the heated look in this ensemble graphic. This steamy hot ridge with extraordinarily high dew points will begin to give way a bit with a first cold front on Sunday, and then make a real ret…

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Pick your poison, Western New York. Bone-chilling cold and blinding lake-effect snow in January? Or, extreme heat in July? Lake Erie meted out weather justice this week in a classic case of "pay me now or pay me later." Exhibit A: Juxtaposed National Weather Service maps from the two months. In January, Erie, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus, as…