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We are the national snow champions. Probably. With the calendar about to turn to May, Buffalo has a virtual lock at besting arch-nemesis Syracuse in seasonal snowfall for the first time since 2002. In doing so, Buffalo also will capture its first Golden Snow Globe award for recording the most snowfall of any U.S. city with a population over 100,000. That also mean…

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There are times when snow becomes a high confidence forecast. April 28th is not one of those times. Climatology alone dictates that. The angle of the sun is higher, true arctic air is hard to come by, and snow this late in the season is quite rare. But you already knew that, right? Of course, there was that 1989 Mother's Day snowstorm, as detailed by the Buffalo National …

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Enjoy the sunshine today because things are about to get yucky. There's rain in the forecast for all of Friday and then Saturday night, more rain and "possibly" some snow overnight as the temperatures dip into the mid- to low 30s, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell. "It's not a for-sure thing," he said. "It could get cold enough to see some wet …

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Hype is in the air. (Note I didn’t say “overhype.” To me, that’s redundant, since hype already means something is being exaggerated.) Our mean warming climate is already causing problems with rising sea levels, increased coastal flooding, more excessive precipitation events in already wet regions, more spread of weather-sensitive tropical diseases … and the list goes on, a…

Erie County

That ice is still around. But it should be flowing away over the next few days. Following a winter which produced plenty of cold and ice for Western New York, the removal of the ice boom began on Monday. If you are still seeing ice in the Niagara River, that's because the boom will be removed over a few days. Each day, more ice should be released. "It's not fully …

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This isn't a bad week for a radar outage. Did I say week? Well, five days would be more accurate. The National Weather Service Doppler Radar at the airport is due for further modernization. The Buffalo NWS Doppler went online in December of 1995. Like the other 130-plus NWS Dopplers, it undergoes regular preventive maintenance and has received quite a few upgrades as…

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Since the weekend began with a wet Good Friday, we have nowhere to go but up during the weekend, correct? Yes, but it will be a slow process. Good Friday, in fact, will become more wet as we head into the first night of Passover. Rainfall will pick up and a chilly northeast wind will increase later Friday into Friday night, so it won’t be a pleasant evening heading to you…

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“Well, that didn’t take long.” I’m referring to the lessening stability and reliability of massive improvements in New Orleans’ levee systems since the flooding disaster following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. More than 1,800 people died in one of the worst continental U.S. disasters of the modern era when the failure-prone previous levees, designed to …

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The National Weather Service has warned of dense fog for parts of Western New York this morning. The alert is for Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and southern Erie counties. "Light winds combined with recent rainfall should allow for fog to persist through sunrise and the morning commute," the special weather statement said. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/1118…

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Tornadoes were on many people’s minds Sunday evening. Severe thunderstorms were racing into the Southern Tier and came with a history of wind damage in Ohio and several tornado warnings in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. The Storm Prediction Center had issued a tornado watch for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. There is no evidence of torn…

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More than 1,600 are without power in Cattaraugus County following a fierce Sunday night storm, according to National Grid's website. Nearly 6,000 were without power Sunday evening following a storm marked by strong winds, heavy rain, hail and lightning, which had the  greatest impact in northeastern Cattaraugus County. As of Monday morning, 880 customers remained wit…

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The National Weather Service said snow showers mixed with rain will dominate the morning hours Monday, with little to no snow accumulation expected. Highs Monday should top out around 40 degrees with breezy conditions. Gusts could reach around 30 mph, according to the weather service. Skies are expected to begin clearing Monday night with lows in the low 30s. Chances…

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Some earlier April temperature forecasts, including parts of my own, are turning out to be overly optimistic for this fickle month. For example, there was the temperature probability outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. There was my own April 1 article which indicated there would be some ups and downs, but which favored more ups, especially in the 2nd half of the…

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A breezy and cloudy April day is forecast Thursday in Buffalo. Chances for sprinkles of rain are possible during the afternoon hours, the National Weather Service said. Daytime highs are forecast in the upper 40s. Easterly winds could gust over 20 mph, the weather service said. Temperatures will remain steady or slightly increase overnight but will increase into t…

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On March 29th, I wrote about a major glacier in Greenland which has surprisingly slowed its massive ice mass loss since 2016. On the whole, the world’s greatest ice mass loss has come from Greenland, Antarctica, and especially the Arctic Ocean. The latter is best illustrated in this NASA animation,(click on "sea ice"), which traces arctic sea ice minimum going back throug…