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Scattered showers are expected in Buffalo on Sunday, with thunderstorms possible after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Sunday's high is expected to be 73 degrees. Sunday night, showers are likely with a possible thunderstorm, with a low of 63 degrees. Labor Day could be wet at times. The forecast calls for occasional showers before 1 p.m., with sho…

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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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A flood warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the Lake Ontario shoreline of Niagara and Orleans counties. The National Weather Service says a combination of record-high lake levels and a brief period of moderate northeast winds will result in greater wave action, and an increase in lakeshore flooding and shoreline erosion. Elsewhere, a demolition derby…

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Like the masts on the tall ships docked at Canalside, the temperature rose precipitously Friday, registering 5 to 10 degrees above normal for early July, according to the National Weather Service. "It's hot, but there are some thunderstorms out there giving relief to some people," said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the weather service at the Buffalo Niagara Interna…

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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…

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I have no official census on mosquito populations, but the anecdotal evidence – people yakking about them – is everywhere. It’s a terrible year for mosquitoes in Western New York, and probably across much of the nation where rainfall has been above average. Mosquitoes are multigenerational during the warm weather season. That is, we don’t just get an initial burst in popu…

City of Tonawanda

City of Tonawanda Police responded Tuesday morning to a call of "something in the water" at Niawanda Park. The something turned out to be a piece of the ice boom, according to Capt. Frederick Foels. The 8,800-foot boom, constructed of 22 spans of steel pontoons, is installed every December between Buffalo Harbor and Fort Erie, Ont., to minimize ice floes that contrib…

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Crews are planning to start removal of the Lake Erie ice boom on Monday, the International Joint Commission said late last week. Based on the amount of ice remaining on the eastern end of Lake Erie and the weather forecast, the New York Power Authority was preparing for the work, the IJC said in a news release. The work by the Power Authority to pull out the 8,800-fo…

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The National Weather Service has canceled its tornado watch for all eight Western New York counties, but it remains in effect until 5 a.m. for the Finger Lakes and most of Central New York. The fierce storm, accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, hail and lightning, had its greatest impact in northeastern Cattaraugus County, where National Grid reported nearly 5,900 c…

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A powerful storm battered the Buffalo area on Sunday with wind gusts over 70 mph, toppling trees and power lines, forcing roads to close and leaving thousands of utility customers in the dark. The fierce winds are expected to continue into Monday, with snow adding to the hazardous conditions in places. Many school districts, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls, annou…

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Got an event or activity planned for today? Better check if it's still on. With the imminent arrival of extremely high winds behind a passing storm front, a host of churches, governments and other organizations are already canceling various programs and religious activities or closing facilities across the region. Canalside Buffalo has canceled Ice at Canalside all d…

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Buffalo residents whose garbage and recycling pickup was interrupted as a result of Friday's high winds will have their garbage and recycling picked up Saturday, according to a city spokesman. Michael J. DeGeorge said that Department of Public Works officials have asked residents whose garbage and recycling were not collected Friday to leave their totes by the curbside …