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It may be September, but some of the warmer days of summer are still upon us.This afternoon is expected to stay sunny, with a high near 81. And the forecast is even warmer Friday.If you’re trying to soak up every last bit of the summer season, Friday’s your day. Friday, Buffalo’s looking sunny with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s – about 15 degrees above average.With the co…

As the old saying goes, there’s a calm before the storm. Currently in Buffalo, we’re feeling humidity before the cooler weather.Thick, muggy and stuffy air.“The humidity has been higher,” said Steve Welch, of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, “This particular cold front is moving a lot slower, and it’s weaker too. So it’s been more humid and more warm the past coupl…

Labor Day weekend isn’t bringing beach-perfect weather, but the forecast is somewhat promising to those who want to spend the long weekend outside.From Friday through Monday, some sun, mostly clouds and a chance of thunderstorms are forecast for each day.“It doesn’t look like it’s a total washout, but keep an eye out,” said Steve Welch of the National Weather Service in Bu…

Another beautiful day is in store for Western New York today, with highs in the 80s“There is a very slight chance of some scattered thunderstorms later on, probably toward sunset,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly.There will be plenty of gorgeous weather to enjoy before then: Look for highs in the low 80s in downtown Buffalo, and in the mid-80s away fr…

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There’s no mention of the term “polar vortex” in the 2015 Farmers’ Almanac forecast for September – or any other time during the upcoming winter.But don’t let that fool you. You may want to have a heavier jacket ready in the closet, just the same.Polar vortex emerged as a “fashionable” phrase last winter, said Peter Geiger, editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, which released it…

The middle of August is usually a time Western New Yorkers like to bask in the homestretch of summer, heading to the Erie County Fair or a weekend festival on a pleasant, sunny day.On Saturday – not so much.Rain, gray skies, cool temperatures and gusty winds put a damper on several events that were banking on far more seasonable conditions.Strong breezes wiped out virtuall…

Is it fall already?It certainly feels like it in Buffalo – Thursday barely reached 65 degrees.But the cool temperatures are only temporary, says Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.Expect beach weather to return, with temperatures reaching the 80s, by late next week.“I think the second half of next week, into next weekend and possibly the following wee…

High winds today could produce waves as high as six feet on Lake Ontario and five feet on Lake Erie, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a small craft advisory for area boaters.Inexperienced boaters, especially those operating vessels under 18 feet, are being advised to avoid going out on the water.Wind speeds of up to 25 mph throughout this afternoon will pro…

Put away the beach blanket and dig out a sweater, at least for a couple days. A flow of cool air will settle in over Western New York today, the National Weather Service says, producing lots of clouds and holding afternoon highs down in the mid 60s. Tonight could see thermometers dip to about 50 degrees in parts of the Southern Tier, low to mid 50s elsewhere. With the chil…

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A fast-moving thunderstorm deluged the Buffalo metro area with heavy rain at the height of the Tuesday evening rush hour, slowing commuter traffic to a crawl and causing minor flooding.Buffalo Fire Department dispatchers reported that three houses in the city were hit by lightning. A strike shortly before 5:30 p.m. started a fire in a vacant house at 35 Auchinvole Ave. on …

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It looks like it may not just be a rainy day, but also a rainy week. There is hope for the weekend, though.We can expect showers and a possible thunderstorm this morning, the National Weather Service says. Then, more rain and thunder after 3 p.m.Today’s chance of precipitation is 80 percent, and the temperature is expected to reach 77 degrees.Tonight’s forecast looks to in…

If you’re not ready to read about early winterlike weather, turn the page.Click to a different article.You’ve been warned.The polar vortex – that extremely cold air that swirls above the North Pole – may make a brief visit to the Northeast next month, AccuWeather.com reported Wednesday.“There could be a significant shot of chilly air that comes across the Great Lakes regio…

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On radar, it looked like a green streak extending westward into Lake Erie from Dunkirk.On camera, and the naked eye, it was a waterspout.The waterspout was seen about 7:45 a.m. today. Showers in that area possibly were the cause, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Waterspouts occur when cooler air passes over warmer water.“It tends …

Sunday’s weather may be a repeat of Saturday with a good chance of heavy rain in the late afternoon or early evening in areas east and southeast of Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service.There is a chance of heavy rain for southern Erie County and the Southern Tier away from Lake Erie and in the metro Buffalo area, said meteorologist Jim Mitchell. Small hail is…

Welcome to August – but don’t expect a warm up.Following the first below-average July for temperature in five years, the first week of this new month looks to also be running cooler than average, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.Daily high temperatures are forecast to remain in the mid-70s through at least next Thursday with overnight lows in the lo…