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I have long accepted the overwhelming evidence our mean global warming is tied to human activity. Despite that, I’ve adhered to the assumption that it is very difficult to attribute the role of climate change in an individual extreme weather event such as a hurricane, or a heat wave, or a drought, or a heavy precipitation event, or even a bitter blast over eastern North Am…

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If you're younger than 47 years old, you've never seen a September like this one. The 71.1-degree first-half of the month is the warmest start to September since 1971, and sixth warmest on record. Saturday's 86-degree high tied a 115-year-old record high temperature for the day. It was outdone Sunday by an 87-degree day, but that mark fell two degrees shy of the reco…

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With temperatures in the 80s and bright sunshine, Sunday felt more like late summer than a day to pick out a pumpkin. But the heat didn't deter those who turned out for this weekend's opening of the Great Pumpkin Farm attraction in Clarence. Katy Toth, manager of the pumpkin farm, has worked there since 2000 and said the weather for opening weekend wasn't unusual in …

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By Jane Stancill, Lynn Bonner and Tammy Grubb The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. – Hurricane Florence delivered a slow-motion assault to the coast of North Carolina early Friday, with catastrophic storm surge and torrential rains that will continue for days. The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people. Wilmington Police confirmed that …

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If all else fails, Sunday will be a great day for a tailgate at New Era Field. The warmest home opener in 16 years is expected when the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday. Kickoff temperature is expected to be 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies and light southerly winds, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Temperatures, …

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Pay no attention to the snow on the map in upstate New York on Sept. 30. For now. While Buffalo Niagara basks under another September weekend of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, early forecast models suggest there could be a dramatic turn in the weather at the end of the month – from summerlike warmth to a late fall chill. Models suggest a broad ridge of high…

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The American Red Cross announced Wednesday it is sending 13 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region, along with two emergency vehicles, to assist in the response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. The volunteers include Laurie Hagen, of West Seneca, who will assist in sheltering in North Carolina, and Charlene Hanson, of Niagara …

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Typically, as a hurricane nears the coast, its track forecast cone of uncertainty narrows. In the case of extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence, that is precisely what happens until … this monster draws near the coastline. As of this midday Wednesday writing, Florence is moving WNW at 15 mph, with top winds of 130 mph. Some further strengthening in the Category 4 stor…

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Hurricane Florence — the storm that Don Paul predicted Monday would be "disastrous" when it makes landfall this week — is barreling toward the East Coast, and the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and the Weather Channel are offering regular updates. Follow along below. https://twitter.com/sarapmeehan/lists/hurricane-florence Can't see the Twitt…

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By Jason Samenow and Brian McNoldy Florence continued its path toward the East Coast overnight Monday, maintaining its monstrous Category 4 storm status and 140-mph winds. The National Hurricane Center is calling the storm “extremely dangerous,” and predicts it could still strengthen to near Category 5 intensity on Tuesday. The center issued hurricane and storm surge…

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As of this writing at noon Monday, what had been Tropical Storm Florence on Sunday has been undergoing what is known as rapid intensification and is already classified as a Major Hurricane, at Category 4. This was just confirmed by a midday hurricane hunter flight. Florence will undoubtedly continue to intensify and maintain at least Category 4 intensity much of the wee…

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Four communities in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties received at least 2 inches of rain late Sunday into Monday morning, led by the 2.64 inches that drenched Mayville. The remnants of Hurricane Gordon brought a steady downpour to Western New York starting Sunday evening, with the heaviest rain hitting Southern Erie County and the Southern Tier. Most parts of metro…

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Expect rain on Monday morning – and lots of it. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of Western New York as heavy rain is expected throughout the region early Monday. Meteorologists expect 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in some areas of Erie County, which could "produce some minor ponding of water in poor drainage areas." The risk of…

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As remnants of former Hurricane Gordon approach the Buffalo Niagara region, National Weather Service forecasters say the heaviest rainfall will be confined to the south. Forecasters project that 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected across the Niagara Frontier starting late Sunday into early Monday morning. Metro Buffalo, most of the rest of Erie County and Wyoming Cou…