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November 9, 2017 - 10:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Scott Hetsko, a member of the weather team at our news partner 13WHAM, provided this forecast for Genesee County:

You can expect temperatures to plummet into the lower 20s and even a few upper teens by morning. I expect some squalls to develop off the lake between midnight and 5 a.m. in your area. Expect snow to vary between a coating to 2”. The main concern will be a quick freeze, which will make for icy spots on area roads. Wind gusts overnight will range from 15-35 mph.

November 7, 2017 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tonawanda Creek, batavia, weather, news.


The Tonawanda Creek crested at 11.27 feet, well into the moderate flood level, at about 10 p.m. and has since dropped to under nine feet.

Law Street is being reopened with the water's receding.

Higher crests over the previous 10 years are 11.94 feet in December 2013 and 11.72 feet in December 2008. The highest crest on record was 14.5 feet, March 1, 1942.

Below are two flood photos, from North Pembroke Road, submitted by Michael Quaranto.



November 6, 2017 - 4:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news, notify.


Law Street


This photo and one below, Tonawanda Creek from the Law Street Bridge.





Three photos of Kibbe Park.

November 6, 2017 - 1:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia, Law Street.


Photo submitted by Lynette Celedonia. Send flooding photos to [email protected].

A Batavia Police officer has asked dispatchers to inform the school bus companies that Law Street is not currently passable due to flooding.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: The east-west portion of Ganson Avenue is closed due to flooding and so is a portion of South Jackson Street.

UPDATE 3:24 p.m.: The city's yard waste station on Law Street is closed due to flooding.


Photo by Steve Ognibene.

UPDATE: Photo of Jackson Avenue by Steve Ognibene and 9156 Clipnock Road, Stafford, by Crista Boldt.



November 6, 2017 - 8:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news, notify.

The Tonawanda Creek crest at 9.5 feet this morning, causing flooding at Kibbe Park and along Walnut Street and Law Street, officials say.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the area and the City of Batavia has alerted residents.

As of 7 a.m., the creek level, measured behind the courthouse, is reported at 7.66 feet, having risen more than 3.5 feet in the previous 12 hours.

The moderate flood level is 10 feet.

The National Weather Service also warns of flooding along West Main Street Road and South Main Street Road, from Batavia to East Pembroke and extending into the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

The flooding will mainly impact roads, according to the weather service, with some residential and commercial flooding.

The City urges residents to remain vigilant and take precautions.

This morning the following roads are closed due to flooding: Route 20 between Route 98 and Brookville, Peaviner, Cookson, Dorman, Cole Road between Route 236 and Mud City, Clipnock between Route 5 and Sweetland.

The flood warning is in effect until 1 p.m., Tuesday.

UPDATE: Submit flooding pictures to [email protected] or use our mobile app for iOS.

UPDATE 10:14 a.m.: DOT reports Route 20 has reopened.

October 31, 2017 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


Batavia's first snow of the season fell this morning.

October 30, 2017 - 11:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Genesee County covering today and tomorrow.

There is a wind advisory in effect until 2 a.m.

There is a flash flood watch in effect from 2 p.m. through Wednesday morning.

There is a 60-percent chance of rain showers on Halloween.

Today's winds are expected to remain 20 to 30 mph, from the west, with gusts up to 50 mph.

As for precipitation, the NWS is predicting heavy lake effect rainfall, though it much of it is likely to fall west of Genesee County. Runoff could create flash-flood conditions in low-lying areas. Gutters and drains clogged with leaves could increase the risk of street flooding.

September 29, 2017 - 4:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news.


Mother Nature got a little artistic this afternoon, putting a rainbow over Seymore Place, home of GO ART!, in Batavia.

Reader submitted photo.

September 26, 2017 - 3:29pm

From the National Weather Service in Buffalo:

The National Weather Service office in Buffalo is looking for a volunteer weather observer, to take over the observing station in or within about four miles of Pavilion.

This observing station would be a part of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network or Coop Network. The Coop Network comprises nearly 10,000 volunteer weather observers nationwide who report high/low temperatures, rainfall, snowfall and snow depth to the National Weather Service on a daily basis. The data from Coop Observers helps scientists to define the long-term climate of the United States.

Observers would take daily measurements of a 24-hour high/low temperatures, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth, each morning around 7 a.m. These measurements would be relayed daily to the National Weather Service, either via the Internet or a toll-free phone number. These weather observations will be archived and use by future climate and research studies.

The Observer will be provided with an electronic thermometer, a rain gauge and a snow measuring stick.

These observations will assist the National Weather Service in its forecast and warning efforts, is vital to climatologists who are defining the climate of the United States and will help to predict drought conditions, agricultural planning and assessment, and more.

If you are interested in helping us out, or have any questions about the duties of a Coop Observer, please contact us at the address below, or you may call us at 716-565-0204, or send an email to [email protected].

National Weather Service

Buffalo Office
587 Aero Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

September 7, 2017 - 7:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


A reader sent in this picture that makes it look like a rainbow is being projected onto clouds.

September 6, 2017 - 6:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, Pavilion, news.


Jason Berne spotted a small funnel cloud forming around 2 p.m. off Route 63 in Pavilion and sent in this picture.

September 4, 2017 - 10:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

There is a severe thunderstorm warning in affect until 11:15 p.m. The storm is moving through the area at 60 mph. Wind gusts up to 60 mph possible. Damaging hail possible. Downed tree limbs and power lines possible. 

August 22, 2017 - 7:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, alert.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 8 p.m. For parts of Genesee County, including Batavia.  

The storm has been detected by radar over Clarence and is moving east at 40 mph.

Wind gusts of 60 mph are possible.  

Wind damage including downed trees, branches and power lines is possible.

August 22, 2017 - 12:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, Genes County, weather.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Genesee County and several others in Western New York until 1:30 p.m.

At 12:34 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Batavia to near Varysburg, moving northeast at 55 mph. Hazardous 60-mph wind gusts are expected.

Also, expect wind damage to trees and power lines.

Specifically cited for hazardous driving conditions are Interstate 390 between exits 7 and 12. Interstate 90 between exits 48 and 44.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

August 12, 2017 - 11:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news.


Two more pictures from readers. Top one by Doug Yeomans and bottom one by Gary Harding.


August 12, 2017 - 8:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, Darien, news.


Brandi Kaplun sent in this picture of a rainbow over St. Jerome's in Batavia and a reader submitted the rainbow picture below from Darien.


August 11, 2017 - 11:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


Photo submitted by Rachel Wommack.


Photo submitted by Alexandria Almeter.

August 4, 2017 - 1:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A thunderstorm with 60-mph wind gusts is moving toward Genesee County at 45 mph and is expected to hit Batavia, Pembroke, Byron, Oakfield, Stafford, Alabama, Corfu and Elba.

The storm is currently over Clarence. 

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. 

The weather service says to expect damage to trees and powerlines.

The weather service urges people to seek protection in an interior room on the lowest floor of building.

Hail is also predicted.

August 3, 2017 - 5:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:15 p.m. for Northwestern Genesee County.

At 5:29 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Lockport, moving north at 15 mph.

Hazard: 60-mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail. Minor damage to vehicles is possible. Expect wind damage to trees and power lines.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

July 23, 2017 - 3:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. with wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter size hail through parts of the county.

The storm is coming in from the southwest and will mostly hit the southern part of the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Minor damage is possible along with localized power outages.

There is an apparently unrelated power outage now in the Narramore Drive area. Some 100 customers are without power. Power is expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE 4:18 p.m.: Flash flood warning in effect until 7:15 p.m.


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