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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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In the recent hot spell, Western New York got off comparatively easy. While we had some oppressive dew points in the 70s, the  temperatures were nothing out of the ordinary. Elsewhere, the heat index soared to truly dangerous levels in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, and much of the Midwest. Among large cities, Minneapolis peaked with a heat index of 115. This …

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All politics may be local, but all pollen allergies are usually regional, and reactions are decidedly individual. Putting aside vital pollination for many food crops, and our helpful pollinating insects like honeybees, nuisance pollen is also out there as many of us know. Getting a handle on which pollens and how much of them there are in WNY is a little dicey for particul…

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Even though we just experienced a delightful weekend, it can be said, on the whole, June has been substandard. The monthly mean temperature through Sunday is 2.2 degrees below average, and rainfall at Buffalo is 1.25 inches above average. This week should end up being the warmest week of the year, so far. It won’t be oppressive, and we’re not getting midsummer heat, but i…

Weather

Does El Niño equal a mild winter? My quick answer: IF we end up with a milder-than-average winter, it probably will have little to do with El Niño. And, when all is said and done, the winter may not end up being milder. Some of you are familiar with the idea of warm winters around here being connected with an El Niño. In fact, warmer winters are tied to very strong E…

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Former New York State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco came under social media scrutiny Tuesday for a Twitter post he made, and later deleted, regarding Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual harassment. Vacco's tweet read: "Can you say fraud. Either it happened or it didn't. Why does the alleged 'victim' need an …

TV

Plenty of news about the news happened in the past few days so here is a “weekend update”: Paul confirms he will exit Channel 7 soon: WKBW-TV (Channel 7) weekend meteorologist Don Paul went to Facebook to confirm my report that his two-year tenure at the station will be over at year’s end. “This is not a retirement and was not my call,” wrote Paul, who joined Channel…

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At the start of his 6 p.m. newscast Sunday, WKBW-TV (Channel 7) meteorologist Don Paul gave himself a new nickname and addressed his popularity during the current climate in Western New York. "Yes, Mr. Happy is here," said Paul. "The guy you would like to get your hands on. Some rational people are ticked off. I see it on Facebook." At the end of the same newscast, C…

Weather

I probably talked about a warming climate more often than other Buffalo TV weathercasters over the years. Yet I still see requests - even occasional outright demands - from advocacy groups that we all need to do it more often. After all, no one can say the topic is unimportant. The basic problem: No one can say the topic is anything but very complex, with elements of unce…

Both the Farmers' Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac — two separate publications — are silly on weather. Both issue essentially worthless detailed forecasts for a year out based on either nothing at all or junk science. Some people take them seriously, but most don’t because they know better. Or, if they don’t, they SHOULD know better. There actually have been a number …

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I confess I had difficulty grasping why climate scientists and climate modelers were so confident humankind was the main (not the only) contributor to the global warming that has been occurring for decades. My difficulty, frankly, was due to a degree of ignorance as to how these scientists had reached such a strong consensus. It took some time and some research, but now I…

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Here’s a line I never thought I’d write until I first heard of the possibility a few months ago: Former Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul is coming to The Buffalo News. Paul announced Thursday on Facebook that he will be bringing his meteorological talents to BuffaloNews.com as a contributing writer of articles on weather, climate and related sciences. “For me, this is a …

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The long goodbye of Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul ended Wednesday night with tears. But they weren’t from Paul, who said he was too busy all day to get teary-eyed before adding “and that’s a good thing.” He also appeared to be a little distracted by all the commotion, noting during his final forecast that there was some commotion in the hallways as his friends and fam…