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Monday, October 13

Lake Effect Snow Storm "Aphid" 8 Years Ago

Written by: Stacey Pensgen

Do you remember this? Eight years ago today western New Yorkers, the Buffalo area specifically, were cleaning up from more than 2 feet of heavy, wet snow from an extremely rare lake effect snowstorm. Many trees still had most of their leaves on them. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people lost power for as long as 10 days as a result. Brockport received about 3" of the heavy, wet snow. I remember because I was sitting in class that Thursday night that it began, and watched it developing and talking about it. Exciting! On the contrary, our weather today and tomorrow will feel much more like summer, with temperatures ranging between 10-20° above average, with some on Tuesday pushing 80°. Take in all that Mother Nature is capable of, and enjoy some Indian Summer weather instead of a snowstorm!

Monday, September 22

Arrival of Fall = Leaf Peeping Time!

Written by: Stacey Pensgen

Say "see ya" to summer! Fall arrives at 10:29 Monday night. As such, it's time to bring back the fall foliage map. While we are just starting to see some shades of yellow and orange in a few trees locally, the best area to see some good fall colors is east of Rochester and into the Adirondacks. Cool nights, and lots of sunshine this week should help the colors pop out a bit more. Perhaps a trip to Letchworth is in the plans for the upcoming weekend? Regardless, enjoy the fabulous weather this week!

Monday, September 8

Can You Feel the Fall Air?

Written by: Stacey Pensgen

Monday started a new week, and it felt like we started a new season, too! Temperatures dipped into the mid and upper 40s across WNY. 47° was the official low at the airport, making it the "coldest" we've been since last Spring, specifically May 30th, when it was also 47 degrees. The beginning of this week will be seasonably warm, but a potent cold front slices through WNY Thursday morning, with lows dropping into the mid 40s by the weekend, and we may struggle to make it out of the 50s on Saturday. Do you like fall? I hope so!

Monday, August 25

Crank Up the Heat...

Written by: Stacey Pensgen

...ok, maybe not "heat" and only for a day or so. That mega heat from the Ohio Valley is creeping into the area today and especially on Tuesday. Some towns may flirt with 90° by Tuesday afternoon. If we make it there at the airport, it'll only be the 3rd 90° day this season. That being said, enjoy the sunshine today and tomorrow! A cold front whispers through Wednesday morning, knocking us back into the 70s for much of the rest of the week.

Tuesday, August 19




Written By:  Scott Hetsko

After a warm start for much of June, the cooler and rainy Summer we expected to develop indeed has since early July.  July was a top 5 for rain in Rochester dating back to 1870.  Temperatures so far in August have averaged nearly 3 degrees below the norm.  As for the upcoming Winter....c'mon it's too soon!!!

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