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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.


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.


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.

April 3, 2016 - 9:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

From our news partner, 13WHAM.

April 1, 2016 - 5:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

From the National Weather Service in Buffalo:

A winter weather advisory is in effect here from 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, through 5 a.m., Sunday, April 3.

The advisory is for snow and blowing snow, with accumulations three to six inches. The greatest snow totals will be across the hills south of Buffalo.

Winds -- northwest at 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Visibility under a half mile at times.

Snow will accumulate on roads and create slippery driving conditions.

A winter weather advisory is normally issued for a variety of winter weather conditions such as light snow, blowing snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind chills.

While the weather will be significant, the word advisory implies that severe weather is not anticipated.

March 1, 2016 - 12:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, weather, news.

A winter weather advisory for Genesee County has been issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo and is in effect from 4 p.m. today through 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Hazards include a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet. Ice accumulation of up to a third of an inch is expected, with the greatest accumulation from Buffalo to Batavia. Snow accumulation of one to three inches is also predicted.

Winds will be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph.

Snow and ice accumulations will result in extremely slick road conditions, making travel difficult.

February 18, 2016 - 6:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service is expecting freezing rain to hit the area tomorrow morning.

An advisory has been issued for 7 a.m. through 1 p.m., Friday.

Untreated roadways are expected to be slick, especially on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses. Travel conditions could be hazardous.

Both drivers and pedestrians should be on the lookout for slick spots on roads and sidewalks. Walking and driving could be difficult.

February 16, 2016 - 1:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


At least a foot of snow has fallen in parts of Genesee County, and in some places more, according to various weather reports. And it's still coming down. Slow and persistant.

Above, Steve Ognibene clears his driveway.


Kibbe Park.


The tracks along the side of the Harvester Center.


William Morgan, Batavia Cemetery.


Harvester Avenue.


Landon Coles and Rebecca Salvaterra clearing snow on East Avenue.

February 16, 2016 - 8:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


As predicted, heavy wet snow hit Genesee County this morning, making for a tricky commute.

We've received notification of closings for GCASA and BOCES.

Above, the westbound Thruway from State Street Road.


  • Grace's Kitchen in Le Roy tonight is cancelled.
  • The UMMC Urgent Care in Le Roy is closed.
  • Bergen Town Hall is closing at noon.
  • The Section V boys basketball playoff game in Pembroke tonight has been rescheduled. Pembroke will play Gananda tomorrow at 5 p.m. The Lady Dragons will play Avon tomorrow at  7 p.m., as originally scheduled. The cost is $4 per person per game.


Main and Oak.


Main and Court.


Looking east down Main Street, Downtown.


City Firefighter Christine Marinaccio shoveling in front of the Fire Station.

February 15, 2016 - 9:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service is predicting from 4 to 8 inches of snow tonight and has issued a winter storm warning for a 24-hour period starting at 7 p.m.

The storm total could hit 15 inches.

Heavy, wet snow is expected from this storm, which could make travel hazardous and lead to power outages.

The most difficult travel conditions could hit during Tuesday morning's commute hours.

February 13, 2016 - 3:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Pretty amazing weather graphic from our news partner, 13WHAM. For more weather coverage for 13WHAM, click here.

February 13, 2016 - 1:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, weather.

An urgent winter weather message -- a wind chill warning -- was issued within the last hour by the National Weather Service in Buffalo and it will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

The affected area includes Genesee County and specifically the City of Batavia.

Winds are predicted to blow northwesterly from 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35. Wind chill values could dip as low as 30 below.

Wind chills and termperatures will reach dangerously cold levels. These frigid conditions could result in frozen pipes and will quickly lead to frostbite and hypothermia if you are not properly dressed.

A wind chill warning is issued when a strong wind will combine with cold termperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is 25 degrees below zero or colder for several hours. Those planning to venture outdoors should use common sense and dress warmly, says the weather service.

February 11, 2016 - 4:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

That snowstorm that may be heading our way, the National Weather Service isn't backing down on the prediction, but they did push back the estimated time of its arrival.

And they added a wind chill watch.

The storm is now expected between 4 a.m. and 10 p.m., tomorrow.

It may bring accumulations of 7 to 14 inches.

The wind chill watch is for late tonight through Sunday morning.

Winds from the west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph late Friday and Friday night.

Visibility less than a quarter of a mile at times.

Temperatures could drop to zero at times with a wind chill value of 30 below.

Travel conditions could be hazardous. 

The forecast confidence remains at medium.

February 10, 2016 - 10:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

As much as six inches of snow is expected from a storm that may be headed toward Genesee County and could hit sometime between late Thursday night through Friday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow watch.

Winds will be from the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph with visibility as low as a quarter of a mile at times.

Travel conditions could be hazardous with blowing and driving snow.

The forecast confidence is medium. 

"There is still some uncertainty in the location and intensity of a band which is expected to develop late Thursday night and Friday," the weather service stated in its alert.

January 12, 2016 - 1:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, Centennial Park.


It's cleared now, but about a half hour ago, Batavia got hit by a snow squall that reduced visibility. It was hard to see even more than a few trees deep into Centennial Park.

Forecasts show another band or two of lake effect snow heading our way this afternoon. The National Weather Service is Buffalo has a lake effect snow advisory in place until 10 p.m.

January 10, 2016 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

The region could be hit by as much as six inches of lake effect snow Monday, according to the National Weather Service, which just issued a winter weather advisory for noon Monday through 1 a.m., Tuesday.

Western Genesee County is specifically mentioned as an area that could be hardest hit.

At least three inches of heavy, wet snow is expected.

Winds will be out of the west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Visibility will be as little as a half a mile at times.

Meanwhile, heavy winds have moved in and temperatures could drop rapidly this evening, leading to the potential for black ice on roadways. The weather service advises caution if you must travel.


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