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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Weather outlook: Potential for strong, gusty winds and heavy rainfall late tonight

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Press release:

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Special Weather Statement saying there's the potential for strong, gusty winds and heavy rainfall tonight.

A strong cold front will push across the Western New York and Finer Lakes Retions very late tonight through early Thursday morning.

Occasional showers and possible thunderstorms will occur well ahead of and along the approaching boundary.

Winds will increase out of the southwest to 20 to 30 mph later this evening, well ahead of the front.

Stronger winds just a few thousand feet off the deck will overspread the area late this evening through the overnight as well.

Stronger convective elements such as a heavy shower or thunderstorms may be able to transport some of these stronger winds down to the surface, which would result in at least a chance of some localized strong to borderline severe wind gusts.

The best time frame for this to occur appears to be during the very late evening into the overnight hours. In addition, high moisture content will pose the threat of locally heavy rainfall with any stronger cells.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Photo: Sun over DeWitt

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A reader sent in this photo Friday (and I've not had time to post it until now) of the sun over the lake at DeWitt Recreational Area when it was 89 degrees locally.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Rotary learns about how the National Weather Service in Buffalo works

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Jason Franklin, head meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, spoke today at the Batavia Rotary Club meeting. He shared information about the technology the NWS uses to help it measure weather and forecast what might be coming.  

Asked how the Weather Channel gets its forecast compared to the NWS, Franklin said, "We work in partnership with them, provide a lot of information to them, like other media, and they provide us information. We work together because our primary mission is to make sure you're safe. To make sure that the companies are getting the information that they need in order for them to do the best that they can. We're all in this together."

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9:04 am

Power outage, flooding reported in Le Roy

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There is apparently a power outage in Le Roy. We have no information at the moment regarding the extent of the outage.

There's also flooding on Route 5 by the Le Roy Country Club.

A Le Roy fire chief has requested fire police to the intersection of routes 5 and 19.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Power is out for 2,300 National Grid customers centered around Le Roy. The outage area stretches from Route 19 to Bergen.

Also, the Thruway is being closed because of flooding between Le Roy and Henrietta. Le Roy has been told to expect extra traffic coming through the village.

UPDATE 9:43 a.m.: Stafford recreation is cancelled today due to weather.

UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: The power outage has been reduced to 645 customers in the Village of Le Roy. National Grid estimates power will be restored by 12:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Flash flood warning in effect until 3:15 a.m.

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Thunderstorms tonight have already produced an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain in some areas, according to the National Weather Service, and the slow moving storm may produce heavy rain for the next few hours.

Another inch to two inches of rainfall is possible.

This could create excessive runoff and lead to flooding of roadways, farmlands and along creeks.

Caution is advised while traveling, especially at night, and people in areas susceptible to flooding should move to higher ground, the Weather Service advises.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hazardous weather outlook in effect

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A hazardous weather outlook is in effect. The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports thunderstorms over the region today and throughout the evening will have the potential to produce heavy rain, with up to two inches possible. This would likely lead to localized poor drainage, flooding, and fast, significant rises to smaller tributaries.

The outlook for Monday through Saturday indicates the probability is low for widespread hazardous weather.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Photo: Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

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After the Tigers Under 6 soccer game this evening, members of the team posed for a picture with a rainbow behind them. Shannon Whitcombe, who took the picture, titled it, "Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow."

Submitted by Jeff Whitcombe.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Severe thunderstorm predicted for area this afternoon

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"There is even a low chance for a tornado," concludes a National Weather Service statement establishing a severe thunderstorm watch for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Western New York.

"The strongest storms may form into a line and quickly move east along the New York and Pennsylvania border affecting the western Southern Tier and upper Genesee Valley," according to the weather service.

Strong winds, heavy rain and small hail are expected.

All of Genesee County is under the watch. It's in effect until 8 p.m.

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m.

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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and is in effect now through 10 p.m.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: The watch has been cancelled.

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Kids seek cool of Spray Park on day of first heat advisory of the summer

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Kasandra Sturgeon plays with her sister Hannah at the Spray Park in Austin Park today. It was Hannah's first trip there.

Dozens of kids were out this afternoon on what may be the hottest day of the year so far. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, warning of an increased possibility of heat-related illness on a day with temperatures into the 90s and high humidity.

Stay cool and stay hydrated.

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