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December 7, 2016 - 8:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

This animation from ECMWF shows the projection for ultra-cold air (the dark blue/green areas) associated with a polar vortex rotating into the United States.

This could lead to much colder temperatures over the next 10 to 15 days, forecasters say.

Potentially good news for us, the cold air is expected to moderate somewhat as it shifts eastward.

Mashable has more on the the projections.

November 23, 2016 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Genesee County starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 10 a.m. because the National Weather Service expects freezing rain to hit the region.

Winds will be from the southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Extremely slippery conditions on roadways and sidewalks are expected. Caution is advised.

November 21, 2016 - 9:55pm
posted by Timothy Hens in weather, news.

There continue to be numerous vehicles off of the roadway today.  Drivers need to adjust their speeds to conditions.  Although many roads are treated and have wet pavement, there will be areas where the wind is blowing snow onto the road.  Slow down before attempting to drive through these areas.  Do not step on your brakes within the area that is filled in with blown snow.  This will cause you to lose control.

Additionally, due to a combination of warm ground temperatures, cold air temperatures, and wind there may be areas of black ice.  The occurrence of black ice usually increases towards the evening and overnight. 

Drivers need to adjust their driving to accommodate unknown winter conditions.  Give yourself more time and drive defensively.  Putting your car in a ditch, rolling your vehicle, or impacting another vehicle or a fixed object such as a pole or tree not only puts you and your passengers at risk, but it also puts first responders at risk as well.

Editor's Note: Originally submitted at 2:20 p.m.

November 21, 2016 - 9:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

A lake effect snow warning has been issued and is in effect until 4 a.m., Tuesday.

The storm will bring from three to five inches of snow today, but mainly over eastern Monroe and northern Ontario counties. 

Winds will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, causing blowing and driving snow.

November 20, 2016 - 5:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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We've had a few hours now of steady, lake effect snow with a brisk wind, but accumulations are a couple of inches at best. A lake effect snow advisory remains in effect through tomorrow.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: A lake effect snow warning is now in effect for Genesee County. A band of lake effect snow is expected to drop snow at a rate of one to two inches an hour. No ETA for when the warning will be lifted or what the total storm accumulation might be.

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November 19, 2016 - 2:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A lake effect snow advisory has been issued starting at 1 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m., Monday.

The region for the possible snowstorm includes Genesee County.

From two to four inches of snow are possible on Sunday and a storm total of three to six inches is predicted.

Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45, creating blowing and drifting snow.

Travel precautions are advised.

November 10, 2016 - 10:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A wind advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The strongest winds are expected late this afternoon.

Winds will be from the southwest at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

October 31, 2016 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fall, weather, batavia, news.

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There are still patches left of fall color, such as along the Tonawanda Creek behind the County Courthouse.

October 27, 2016 - 7:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Watch for slick roads and sidewalks early this morning because of a bit of snow that may fall over the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The surfaces of bridges and overpasses are more likely to acquire temperatures closer to freezing, so are more likely to be slick.

The snow will change to sleet and then rain over the course of the morning.

October 21, 2016 - 8:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

A storm passing through Western New York today could bring as much as two inches of rain to Genesee County, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch has been issued locally because of the potential for rapidly rising water in populated areas, especially along feeder streams.

The watch is in effect until 4 p.m.

The NWS reports that an elongated low-pressure zone over West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania is directing widespread soaking rain to zones north from the Southern Tier across the Genesee River Valley and Finger Lakes to the Eastern Lake Ontario region.

October 17, 2016 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, genesee county, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a wind advisory, in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. It specifically cites Northern Genesee County and the City of Batavia.

Winds are predicted to be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.

Strong winds may cause minor property damage and power outages. Remember to secure any loose objects that can easily be blown around by wind.

A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecasted to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts ranging between 46 and 57 mph. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damages unless extra precautions are taken.

Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside.

October 13, 2016 - 8:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.

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A blue sky and fall colors starting to pop in the BJ's parking lot in Batavia.

September 10, 2016 - 7:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Genesee County until 8:15 p.m.

The storm was located in Clarence and is moving northeast at 50 mph.

Wind gusts of 60 mph and penny-size hail are possible hazards due to the storm. These can damage roofs, siding and trees.

Specifically mentioned are Batavia, Darien Lakes State Park, Le Roy and Pembroke, including the Thruway between exits 48A and 47.

Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

August 28, 2016 - 4:20pm

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m. today. The northwestern portion of Genesee County is included in this warning for Western New York. Oakfield is specifically cited in Genesee County.

Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Lockport to near Pendleton, moving east at 40 mph.

Hazards include 60-mph wind gusts and nickel-size hail, which can damage roofs, siding and trees among other things. Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud-to-ground lighting is occurring with these storms. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms and may lead to flash flooding. The storms have been producing more than one and a half inches of rain in less than one hour. Do not drive through flooded roadways.

Remember, if you are close enough to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Move indoors immediately. For your protection, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

August 4, 2016 - 1:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, drought, water, environment.

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There isn't much water flowing in the Tonawanda Creek, but the blue heron are still there hunting for meals.

Genesee County, like the rest of Western New York, is officially in a drought warning, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

That means there are no official restrictions on water use, but residents and businesses are asked to voluntarily conserve.

Tim Hens, whose responsibilities include, as county highway superintendent, watching over the county's water supply, said the county and city discussed issuing a water advisory, but decided that doesn't appear to be necessary and probably won't be necessary through the summer, even if no significant rain arrives before winter.

"We haven't had more than an inch of rain in a single day since October of last year," Hens said. "That's a long time for Western New York."

He said this is the dryest summer with the most consecutive sunny days he can remember in 45 years as a county resident.

"Unfortunately, we're probably already past the point of no return for farmers," he said.

Hens said current reserves and the available water from the Monroe County Water Authority gives the county, and by extension, the city, enough water to meet current needs and he doesn't anticipate a spike in demand.

"Most people seem to have given up on their lawns," he said.

The low water level at DeWitt Recreation Area has created a wide land bridge to the lake's island. The land bridge has been exposed all summer and the first time it's appeared in several years. The current level is just 3 inches above the record low, a record set in 2001.

The long-range forecast calls for a pretty snowy winter.

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July 1, 2016 - 7:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, agriculture.

Genesee County is officially in a moderate drought condition and it's having an impact on our local farmers. The Batavian's news partner, 13WHAM produced this story.

The map below of the Northeastern United States shows where it's considered "unusually dry" (in yellow) and where moderate drought conditions (tan) exist.

We got less than an inch of rain in June, two inches below average and the fourth lowest rainfall total for June since the 1940s.

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June 20, 2016 - 9:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Genesee County, including Batavia.

It is in effect until 10:15 p.m.

A large storm is heading toward the Southwestern portion of the county and is expected to come as far north as Batavia.

The storm is moving at 55 mph. 

Wind gusts of 60 mph are expected with possible quarter-size hail.

June 2, 2016 - 9:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, power outages.

An estimated 513 National Grid customers are without power along the west side of Bank Street, from just north of Main Street, Batavia, out to the County Airport.

The outage was reported at 8:42 a.m. and there is no ETA yet for restoration of power.

UPDATE: Power has been restored.

May 27, 2016 - 2:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in spray park, batavia, news, weather.

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It's looking like Memorial Day Weekend is going to be a great weekend to make use of the spray park in Austin Park, as Darien Rhodes did this afternoon with Faith Rhodes.

Temperatures will reach as high as 92 degrees over the weekend with ample humidity.

May 25, 2016 - 8:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, air quality, news.

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for Genesee County starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 11 p.m.

The index value for outdoor air quality is expected to exceed 100 for the pollutant ozone.

The higher the number of the air quality index, the greater the health concern.

When the index is high, the State Health Department recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. Those with preexisting respiratory problems, such as asthma or heart disease, and with such symptoms, should consult a personal physician.

The toll-free number for air quality reports is (800) 535-1345.

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