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Erie Basin Marina and LaSalle Park were closed to vehicle traffic Sunday afternoon due to weather conditions, Buffalo police said. The region has been hit with high winds, strong waves and rain, leading to fallen trees, traffic disruptions and power outages in some places. The National Weather Service's Buffalo office said strong southwest winds had created a sharp, …

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Following a six- to eight-hour hour period of a fairly soaking rain and an increasing southerly wind overnight, tricky game conditions will develop Sunday, courtesy of the wind. Winds will shift to southwest and increase to 25-35 mph, with peak gusts to 45-50 by mid- to late morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory, shy of a High Wind Warning, fr…

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Late last week, the American GFS seemed to be jumping on a trend of shoving some cold air across the plains and pushing it toward our region. An appropriately skeptical Dr. Michael Ventrice of IBM’s the Weather Company tweeted out the interesting pattern change that seemed to be in the works. For the same time period, Michael tweeted out the European model output. You’l…

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That our climate is warming is undeniable. This graphic, a new product from a branch of NOAA, shows the percentage of the globe experiencing record-high temperatures compared to the percentage having record lows. The enormous disparities that have opened up in recent decades are firsthand evidence the climate change we speak of is essentially warming and is a mark of …

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No, I’m not going to try to establish a link between climate change and Sunday night’s very destructive tornado in the Dallas metro area. October and November are much less active than spring for tornado climatology in the southern plains, but autumn tornadoes do occur and are far from unprecedented. Here are the graphical storm reports from the National Weather Service D…

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Regardless of your priorities – donning the red and blue and rooting insanely for the Bills or hopping in the car and heading south where the foliage is at its peak – it's going to be a beautiful day to be outside. Try "mostly sunny skies with a high around 64 degrees" on for size. Even better is the National Weather Service forecast for Monday – high temperatures ar…

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As I wrote this past Monday, some warming would arrive just in time for this weekend. Saturday will start out frosty inland from the lakeshore, and then temperatures move above average into Monday. For activities other than Bills football, it will be ideal for leaf-peeping across much of Western New York or, if you must, raking up those leaves that have already abandoned s…

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Water levels in the Great Lakes obviously have their ups and downs over the years, as any lakeshore resident can tell you. There has been the appearance of  longer-term trends within these ups and downs, where lower-than-average levels can dominate for several consecutive years, followed by several years in which higher levels dominate. Having perused lake level records c…

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Compared to last week, which became marvelous Tuesday through Friday and again on Sunday, this week will be a little bumpier, with more thermal downs than ups. However, no extremes are involved, and the timing for a return to milder conditions is ideal. After a somewhat unsettled and cool Monday with a high struggling to meet the low 50s, the sky brightens up again with s…

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Meghan and Destiny Mulvihill are racing to finish their fall bucket lists before the temperature drops – portending four to five long months of cold, slush and dark. They bought pumpkins at a patch in North Collins. Then they picked apples at a nearby farm. Now, as a near-cloudless Sunday afternoon fades toward evening, the two sisters-in-law watch their kids run around…

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During these crisp October days, Western New York has spent this past week in a meteorological sweet spot, with dry weather and seasonable temperatures, cool at night and statistically average during the sunny days. During September, compared to the majority of the northern hemisphere, we did very well. This next graphic, credited to the European Centre for Medium Range We…

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Summer was brutally hot and dry across much of the South and parts of the Midwest, especially in September and the first week of October. This is what the upper air pattern typically looked like in late summer, posted by Dr. Alicia Bentley of SUNY Albany. The extremes were more extreme than usual and, in quite a few places, record-breaking heat gripped cities and region…

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Feel free to put on a happy face. After a cloudy start, conditions brighten up for for most of the week, with dry high pressure taking over our region and buffering us from what may be a deep offshore storm system developing toward midweek. Temperatures will be seasonable for the next few days. “Seasonable” is defined by readings close to average for any given time of t…

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In past articles here, I have made my piecemeal attempts to string together why confidence is so high that the ongoing warming climate is fueled by human activity. That is, the current warming is NOT part of a natural cycle. World-renowned climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe did a much better job of stringing together the disparate elements – and she did it via T…

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The mean warming climate does not have identical impacts everywhere around the globe, but the overall trend is well-defined. Nationally, warming has been most notable to the west, but you’ll note the warming in Western New York is nothing to sneeze at, except the warming may be responsible for longer ragweed seasons. It should also be apparent there is no part of the lowe…