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These days, I’m an air conditioning wimp. I don’t have a traumatic history with the heat, myself. Maybe I got heat cramps once at Fort Benning, Ga., during an exercise, but that’s about it. Still, I do remember what it’s like to live in a hot home in a hot place without the benefit of AC. I grew up in a New Jersey apartment adjacent to New York City with no cross-ven…

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Did you complain about last Sunday's 69-degree high temperature to round out the first weekend of summer? Mother Nature's flipping the switch this weekend. And the numbers. How does 95 degrees sound? What about triple digits? It'll feel that way in many places across Western New York, federal forecasters predict. Starting Friday, a robust ridge of subtropical a…

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You want it hot? It's coming to the Buffalo Niagara region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the 90s are forecast across much of upstate New York Saturday and Sunday, including a scorching 99 degrees at Syracuse. The weather service said a subtropical ridge will center itself near the region, helping to pump heat northward. …

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We’ll be going past hot and heading into oppressively hot, at least for some people, starting Saturday. The upper-air pattern will be setting up a mountainous ridge of high pressure close to Western New York, under which the atmosphere will bake. Sinking dry air aloft will compress and heat further on the way down, capping most chances for a few showers or thunderstorms…

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Here is another reason to be glad about the Western New York climate and our environment: We don’t have dust storms. Dust storms will be increasing over many parts of the globe, as they already are in such places as the southwest United States. Fine dust particles create spectacular visual impact and immediate hazards to people. This is demonstrated in a brief safety vide…

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You couldn't ask for a better week to end spring and start summer: Radiant sunshine. Temperatures in the upper 70s with low humidity. Blazing evening sunsets. Bet you can hardly wait to enjoy it all on your weekend days off, right? Try again next weekend. Unless you're a duck, this one looks like a bust. A slow-moving storm system tracking northeastward from th…

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The ice on the western side of the Antarctic continent is melting much faster than just a few years ago. That’s especially significant because this ice melt speeds up sea-level rise. (When sea ice thaws, that doesn’t contribute to the rise, but when land ice melts in these quantities, it spells trouble.) The NASA-supplied image at right tells part of the story. In t…

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Today's going to be a scorcher with heavy rain later in the day. Thanks to high temperatures and high humidity, weather forecasters say it's going to feel like the upper 90s across much of the region, including Buffalo and northern Erie County, as well as Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for those areas fr…

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It’s expected to be hot again Monday with high temperatures hovering at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a day after an air-quality alert was issued for Western New York on a hot, muggy afternoon. An air-quality alert was issued until 11 p.m. Sunday for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans counties. Ozone levels were expected to be greater…

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Wednesday's rainstorms brought some much needed precipitation to some areas of Western New York. Some communities in southwestern Erie County and along Cattaraugus Creek got more than they needed, such as North Collins and Gowanda's region-high 1.76 inches. Other spots in the Northtowns picked up paltry sums like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which only …

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My last article focused on the best way to measure heat discomfort, comparing dew point and relative humidity. Let’s go past the comfort issue and move on to heat illness. Nationally, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers, with hundreds of victims annually. Fortunately, Western New York experiences fewer episodes of dangerous heat than most other parts of t…

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Let's get this out of the way first: There's a 98 percent chance no one in upstate New York State will see a tornado today. On the other hand, the chances of seeing one are better than you'd have watching Buffalo Bills kicker Steven Hauschka miss a field goal from inside 40 yards last season. Warm temperatures, high dewpoints, a potent trough and an approaching cold …

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Western New York was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch by the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service just after 4 p.m. Forecasters said strong to severe wind gusts could result from some storms late this afternoon into early evening. Weather Service radar showed thunderstorms racing across southern Ontario just before 4 p.m. Radar indicati…

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It's been a relatively tame start to June weather-wise in Buffalo. That could change on Wednesday. The National Weather Service advised residents to remain alert for the potential for severe thunderstorms during the midafternoon hours Wednesday, in its hazardous weather outlook. Damaging winds and large hail are possible. The hazardous weather will be gener…

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It’s not a matter of “You like tomato and I like tomahto" from “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Dew point and humidity are not identical. They are both used to measure moisture content in the air, and they are both very useful and accurate. But when it comes to measuring human comfort as we more frequently encounter sticky conditions in the summer, dew point is more accur…