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Arctic wildfires are not unprecedented. Some proportion of them actually bring beneficial impacts, as is the case with some wild and forest fires in the mid-latitudes, burning old growth and allowing for new growth. Recent years have been another matter. Extraordinarily warm and sometimes hot, dry conditions has led to unprecedented coverage for these fires, with major …

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After a cool weekend and start to this week, summer will make a comeback. It won’t be true midsummer heat, but it will be close enough for those who prefer summery weather. Like this past week, Tuesday will bring a considerable warmup with nearly muggy conditions by evening and overnight. Niagara Frontier daytime highs should approach or exceed 80 on a southerly flow, w…

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It’s true we are using less coal in the United States. Coal is more expensive for power generation than natural gas, and that's a primary market driver in our domestic downturn of using coal as an industrial fuel. The side benefit to that downturn is less carbon emission from our power plants, since natural gas — while still a fossil fuel — only emits about 40% of the c…

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Dorian is causing storm surge and beach damage to the northern Florida east coast midday on Wednesday, and will begin moving toward the Carolinas Thursday. But it’s safe to say things have gone much better for Florida than what we were looking at a week ago in computer models, including the European. It has stayed far enough offshore to spare Florida its direct eyewall imp…

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Extremely dangerous category 4 Dorian came to a virtual stall, as forecast, early on Monday, over Grand Bahama Island. This prolongs the unimaginable agony over that beleaguered location, with top winds of 165 mph in the inner eyewall at landfall there, now at 155 mph. Here is high-resolution NOAA GOES imagery, via the College of DuPage. For Florida’s east coast, there …

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On this Labor Day weekend, let’s first look at how we’ve done in August and during this summer. The monthly mean temperature has been just a bit above average, at about plus 0.7 degrees. There were no 90-degree-mean days, with 13 days’ highs exceeding 80. There has been just one 90-degree day this summer, which is below our average of three. Rainfall has been about 0.45…

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As of this writing Friday afternoon, Dorian has just become a Category 3/Major Hurricane. https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites/status/1167467077017493508?s=20 Since the atmosphere behaves as a fluid influenced by many factors always in flux, I am going to focus on what are the higher confidence probabilities in Dorian’s development with an understanding there are still…

City of Tonawanda

Wednesday's heavy rains caused countless headaches for Western New Yorkers, but this one might be the biggest: A waterfall out of the toilet. That was Christine Cook's description of what she woke up to Wednesday morning in her home on Nicholas Drive North in the Town of Tonawanda. Torrential overnight downpours of 2 to 3 inches flooded roads, snarled the morning com…

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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 …