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September 19, 2020 - 8:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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Submitted by JoAnne Meiser.

September 18, 2020 - 1:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, weather.

A frost advisory and hazardous weather outlook have been issued starting at midnight through at least 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.

Temperatures in the lower 30s will result in frost formation. Frost could kill sensitive vegetation if left uncovered; take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold, advises the Weather Service.

Frost is possible again late tomorrow night and could extend through Thursday (Sept. 24) for portions of Western, including Genesee County, and North Central New York.

September 7, 2020 - 3:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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Submitted by JoAnne Meiser.

September 6, 2020 - 12:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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These photos were submitted by Laurie Rudolph.

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September 5, 2020 - 10:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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We enjoyed some spectacular cloud formations from a passing storm yesterday evening.  

Top photo by Caroyln Schultz.

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By Monica Urvizu.

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By JoAnne Meiser.

September 3, 2020 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

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We had several readers submit pictures from last night's closing sky. It looks like it was quite a light show.

Top photo by Chris Parker.

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Submitted by Joanne Meiser.

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Submitted by Corey Coles.

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Submitted by Ritchie Kirkum.

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Submitted by Keira Stehlar.

August 27, 2020 - 4:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news, notify.

There's a Hazardous Weather Outlook in effect for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County with a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 8 tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph reported, that could damage roofs, siding and trees.

"People and animals outdoors will be injured," according to an alert from AccuWeather.

First responders are out in force and traffic control is needed in several areas. There are several reports of localized flooding.

There've been reports of localized flooding in Le Roy and "ping-pong" sized hail in Pavilion and Le Roy. Some trees, wires and poles are down at Putnam and Francis roads, a tree is blocking a lane on Route 63.

A large tree limb in the 6900 block of Britt Road, Le Roy, is in danger of falling onto a home. At 9611 Creek Road in Alexander, a pole and wires are down on a tree, possibly a fallen tree, between two houses.

At 8990 South Lake Road in Corfu a tree is totally blocking the roadway, driver that struck tree is not injured however. Indian Falls and Pembroke fire departments are responding.

A tree and wires are down at 10595 S. Lake Road, Pavilion.

The storm is moving southeast at 40 mph.

Stormy weather is in the forecast through Wednesday.

August 18, 2020 - 7:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, rainbow, news, pembroke.

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Photo submitted by Jaime Tuchek of a double rainbow over Vision Parkway in Pembroke.

July 29, 2020 - 8:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, elba, news.

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A reader shared this picture of a tree down along Oak Orchard Road in Elba after a strong storm passed through the town this evening. 

"It was bad here," he said, "maybe a little mini tornado."

July 18, 2020 - 5:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

From the National Weather Service:

Today, July 18, there's an Air Quality Alert for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County, in effect until 11 p.m.

This alert is issued when air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone.

The air quality index -- or AQI -- was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern.

When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.

People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician.

FOR SUNDAY JULY 19 -- A HEAT ADVISORY

A Heat Advisory is in effect tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The temperature could reach in the upper 90s, including in Genesee County.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

  • Drink plenty of fluids;
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room;
  • Stay out of the sun;
  • Check up on relatives and neighbors;
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances;
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside;
  • When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening;
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke;
  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible;
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments;
  • Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1.

ALSO SUNDAY -- HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK 

Thunderstorms producing gusty winds and heavy rain are possible late Sunday afternoon through midnight. There is a slight risk that some storms will become severe with damaging winds the main hazard.

July 16, 2020 - 10:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Strong thunderstorms with heavy rain are possible later this afternoon, according to special weather statement by the National Weather Service.

Damaging winds are possible. There is a risk of tornado activity, especially in the Southern Tier and western Finger Lakes region.

The storms are likely to contain torrential downpours that could easily exceed an inch of rainfall in a 30-minute period.

UPDATE 2:23 p.m.: From National Grid -- National Grid is closely monitoring this afternoon’s weather forecast, which calls for potential scattered severe thunderstorms, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain throughout portions of western New York. The most severe weather is expected in the westernmost tip of the state and is predicted to stretch northward along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

July 9, 2020 - 7:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, video, austin park, spray park, batavia.
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Beating the heat at the Austin Park Spray Park.

July 6, 2020 - 3:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, heat advisory, heat-related illness.

From the National Weather Service in Buffalo:

A heat advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, until 8 p.m. Friday, July 10. 

The temperature will be in the mid-90s tomorrow and Friday, then near 100 Thursday and Friday afternoon. The highest heat is expected inland from the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario shores, including Genesee County.

The hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illnesses to occur. And warm overnight low termperatures will make it difficult to cool buildings that are not air-conditioned.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1.

From the Genesee County Office of the Aging:

With high temperatures, be sure you understand the possible dangers. To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the Centers for Disease Control 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 Stroke – needing 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 23, 2020 - 5:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service reports a strong thunderstorm is moving through Genesee County at 35 mph.

Winds from the storm could exceed 40 mph.

Torrential rainfall is possible and may cause localized flooding.

June 22, 2020 - 3:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, video, news, batavia.
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After a heavy downpour this afternoon, the area under the train bridge on Cedar Street flooded for a short time.

June 22, 2020 - 2:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news, batavia.

The railroad underpasses on Ellicott Street and on Cedar Street in the City of Batavia is impassable due to flooding from heavy rain. The county is under a Flood Warning until 5:45 p.m. the National Weather Service has Buffalo announced.

City police are on scene at both places.

From the National Weather Service:

At 1:49 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas.

Some locations that will experience flooding include -- Batavia, Stafford and East Bethany. 

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area as additional thunderstorms move across the area. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. 

Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you can do so safely.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: "Ellicott Street has already started to drain so I don't think (the road closure) it will be too long," says an officer on scene.

May 26, 2020 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo late this afternoon reported that: "a very hot and steamy airmass will allow for thunderstorms to develop through the early evening hours. Any storms that form will be very slow moving and will feature torrential downpours."

May 26, 2020 - 10:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service is warning residents to expect a hot and humid day today with high temperatures reaching the upper 80s to low 90s.

The heat index could top out at 95 degrees.

"Take precautions if you need to be out in the heat today by taking frequent breaks inside and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated," the weather service advises.
 

May 24, 2020 - 8:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, Bethany, batavia.

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Photo submitted by Dan Street from East Bethany.

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Photo submitted by Lisa Ace from Batavia. Taken in Le Roy.

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Photo by Josh Wallace, Le Roy.

May 9, 2020 - 3:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, Santa, news.

It snowed in Genesee County today, so of course, Santa paid us a visit.

Photo submitted by Jean Grinnell.

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