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September 1, 2022 - 10:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, sunset, news, pembroke.


The clear evening sky at sunset in Pembroke.

Photo by Joanne Meiser.

August 26, 2022 - 10:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, news, weather.


A rainbow arched over football practice at the Tri-Town athletic field in Alexander yesterday.

Photo by John Szymkowiak.

August 23, 2022 - 6:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, weather, rainbows.


It rained for much of the day yesterday, but a rainbow arched over Batavia in the early evening.

And on Jackson Street, top photo by Patricia Morgan, a double rainbow.


By Stacey Foose


By Jason Smith.

August 21, 2022 - 9:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Heavy storm clouds rolling into Batavia early this evening, submitted by a reader who did not provide a name.


A rainbow over a pond in Pembroke, submitted by Jim Reinhardt.

August 11, 2022 - 12:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.


Photo by Lisa Ace.

July 25, 2022 - 10:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, weather, news.


Storm clouds over Pembroke about an hour before sunset.

Photo by Patricia Morgan.


Joanne Meiser took this sunset picture from Indian Falls Cemetery looking across to the WNY National Cemetery.

July 20, 2022 - 12:39pm
posted by Press Release in weather, news, Office for the Aging.

Press release:

With high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand possible dangers.  To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him/her how much you should drink when the weather is hot.)
  • Rest.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities.

Danger signs for Heat Exhaustion-call the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:

  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting
  • skin – cool & moist
  • pulse rate – fast & weak breathing – fast & shallow

Danger signs for Heat Strokeneeding immediate medical attention:

  • extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
  • red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
  • rapid strong pulse
  • throbbing headache
  • dizziness and nausea
June 16, 2022 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Northwestern Genesee County.

It's in effect until 4:15 p.m.

At 3:15 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located with radar over Youngstown, or 8 miles north of Niagara Falls, moving east at 45 mph.

The storm is producing 60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail.

Minor damage to vehicles is possible and the wind could bring down trees or powerlines.

There is a tornado watch in effect until 11 p.m.

UPDATE: The warning is now extended until 5 p.m.

June 16, 2022 - 3:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A tornado watch is in effect until 11 p.m. for Genesee County and 11 other WNY counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The watch is also in effect for four Central NY counties -- Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego.

A tornado hit Alexander in April and Corfu in 2009.

June 15, 2022 - 11:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Photo submitted by Tom Tharp.

June 15, 2022 - 8:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of Genesee County until 9:15 p.m.

The thunderstorm is currently located near Pavilion, according to National Weather Service radar, and has gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail.

Minor damage to vehicles is possible.  Wind damage to powerlines and trees is possible.

The storm is also expected to hit Le Roy and Stafford.

June 9, 2022 - 11:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, Oakfield, weather.


Photo submitted by Sharon Cole.

June 9, 2022 - 8:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, pembroke, indian falls.


Joanne Meiser submitted the photo of storm clouds rolling in near McAlpine Road in Indian Falls.

There is a strong thunderstorm alert for parts of Genesee County through 8:30 p.m.

Winds could exceed 35 mph and there may be pea-sized hail.

Areas affected could be Batavia, Darien Lakes State Park, Le Roy, Pembroke, Pavilion, Byron, Oakfield, Stafford, Alabama, Corfu, Elba, and Alexander.

May 12, 2022 - 11:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sunrise, weather, news, bergen.


Brandan Smith submitted this photo of this morning's sunrise in Bergen by his uncle Dan Maher.

May 12, 2022 - 8:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Photo by Frank Capuano

April 25, 2022 - 8:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news.


Steve Tufts submitted this photo of a massive cloud rumbling through Batavia during the thunderstorm that passed through the city at about 7 p.m.

Tufts said, "Good thing there was no rotation in that wall cloud -- it was heading straight for the Cornell Cooperative Extension!"

April 25, 2022 - 7:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, weather, news.

About 95 National Grid customers are without power in the area north of Route 20 and east of Route 98 in Alexander after two utility poles came down during the wind storm that passed through the area.

Alexander fire responded to the report of powerlines down at about 6:50 p.m. in the area of Railroad Avenue and Sandpit Road.

The fire department has since cleared the scene, reporting to dispatchers that village crews have erected barriers to block traffic to those roads and that National Grid is on scene saying it will take hours to complete repairs.

National Grid reports that it expects three complete repairs at about 9:30 p.m.

March 30, 2022 - 5:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, Alabama, weather.


This morning's sky was stunning, and Frank Capuano, Batavia (top photo), and Jodi Carmichael, Alabama, shared these two photos.


March 19, 2022 - 5:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in rainbow, weather, news, pembroke.


Photo submitted by Jim Reinhardt. A rainbow this afternoon, visible over the pond in his backyard in Pembroke.

March 7, 2022 - 3:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, bergen, notify.


A 61-year-old man walking in the woods off Sackett Road in Bergen during yesterday's windstorm was killed when a tree fell and struck him in the head.

Dispatchers received a report of an unresponsive male pinned under a tree at 5:58 p.m.

The victim is identified as Steven K. Reber.

Lifesaving measures were attempted at the scene by family and emergency personnel but Reber was pronounced dead at the scene.

Foul play is not suspected.

Photo by Alecia Kaus/Video News Service.

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