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The elements were there Monday for much-needed rainfall across Western New York: a soupy air mass and convective lift ahead of an approaching cold front. There was plenty of weather — lightning, winds and heavy rain — in places like Springville, Jamestown and Olean. Estimates are some spots north of Jamestown may have logged as much as 3 inches. From Buffalo north…

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Temperatures today will eclipse 80 degrees for the 15th day out of 16 days so far in July. And it will beat the mark with room to spare. The National Weather Service said temperatures will reach into the upper 80s with heat indices as warm as the upper 90s across northern Erie County and Niagara County. That prompted forecasters to issue a heat advisory for those …

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While conditions are drier than normal across the region, large portions of our hilly terrain and Southern Tier are doing fine with soil moisture, including topsoil. Farmers and gardeners to the south have benefited from more frequent showers and thunderstorms, although convective cells and thunderstorms have uneven coverage over smaller areas. Widespread soaking rain i…

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If it feels like you've never been this hot in July, you're right. And, if you look at the long-range forecast and think this stretch of weather seems unusual, you're also right. There’s a lot of July to go, but 2018 has staked an early lead in the race to become Buffalo’s warmest July on record. Through Sunday, the average temperature for the first eight days of …

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The first five days of July were doozies. Our average high was 90, and our monthly mean temperature was 10.8 degrees above average. There can be some quibbling over whether that constitutes a heat wave, but not in my mind: It qualifies because of public impact. Combining the heat with high to very high dew points on four of those five days meets my unofficial standards for…

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The torrid heat wave that's held Western New York in it clutches should be relenting soon, with rain in the forecast Thursday night. But today won't offer too much relief. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect through 8 p.m. today for Erie and Niagara counties, due to expected temperatures in the low 90s that, along with the humidity, shou…

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After a briefly less humid Tuesday, and the redeveloping steam heat for the Fourth of July and Thursday, we’ll be over the heat hump as we head into Friday. There are legions who enjoy the heat and even the humidity. Preferences aside, though, the heat wave is causing problems with power outages locally and regionally. The problems will likely worsen for the grid until …

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In Buffalo, we have plenty of experience with cold and snow. We know what to do when one or both arrive with a fury. But give us cloudless days with oppressive heat – with temperatures predicted to hit the 90s several days this week – and confusion sets in. Throw in a holiday week when families may be reuniting and looking for things to do, and the answers to the que…

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Buffalonians were clamoring not long ago for the weather to warm up and the summer to begin. But this is not what they had in mind. Just a week and a half into the official start of summer, Buffalo and Western New York is stuck in a heat wave that topped 90 degrees on Sunday and threatens to hover in that range for most of the coming week. "It's excruciating," sai…

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You thought Saturday was hot? The heat's just getting cranked up. "The whole week is going to be pretty hot and humid," said Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo. "Sunday and Monday are probably going to be our hottest days." The temperature made its way into the mid-80s by late Saturday afternoon at Buffalo-Niagara Internatio…

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It doesn’t matter whether you like heat and humidity or whether you hate it. I’m closer to the latter group. I may be a meteorologist but I have no more power to make weather go my way than any of you do. Yet every time I post about hot – in this case excessively hot (from a public health standpoint) weather, I get a bunch of comments from the lovers of such and some ha…

Extreme heat warnings have prompted area cities and towns to set up cooling centers. The Buffalo and Erie County Libraries system will open three additional air-conditioned branches on Saturday – Grand Island, Newstead and North Collins – as well as 11 libraries on Sunday, including the Central Library. Family programs will be offered, and library cards are not required…

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You'll hear a lot of talk about the heat this weekend, but one thing you won't hear, one thing you have never heard in Buffalo, is this: The current temperature is 100 degrees. As retired News reporter Gene Warner noted in a 2006 article, "Buffalo boasts the distinction of being one of the few cities in America never to have the official temperature reach 100 degrees…

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Animals can suffer heatstroke gradually, but it accelerates quickly. It’s easy for early signs of heatstroke to go unrecognized, and for a pet to be in an emergency situation. Here's what you need to know, according to Gina Browning of the Erie County SPCA: • On an 85-degree day, for example, even with windows open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degre…