Buffalo, NY -- This week of December 4th in Western New York weather history reminds us of many snowstorms.
1991: Snow: Little Valley 11", Ellicottville 10", Dunkirk 8", Mayville 17", Jamestown 12-18", Casadaga 20", Springville 6".
1937: Heavy lake effect snowfall: 13.5 inches in the Hertel Ave area in Buffalo, while only 5.5 inches fell in downtown Buffalo.
1966: A thaw caused rapid snowmelt and damage around Chautauqua Lake which rose to flood levels.
1995: Snow storm: Buffalo 38", Cheektowaga and Lancaster 36", Depew 33", Clarence 32", Williamsville 31", Amherst 28", Kenmore 21", Elma and Alden 19", West Seneca 17", and Town of Tonawanda 11".
1992: Snow event: 19 inches in South Bristol, 17 inches Sodus and Bergen, 16 inches Salamanca, Sinclairville, and Olean. 15 inches Friendship and Webster, 13 inches Whitesville, 11 inches Portageville, 10 inches Buffalo, Angelica, Rochester and Colden. 9 inches Avon, New Albion, and Warsaw, and 8 inches Lancaster.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of November 27th in Western New York weather history reminds us damaging winds and more snow events.
1989: Damaging wind gusts: 78 mph at Hamburg and 54 mph at Dunkirk.
1994: Winds gusting up to 67 mph with damage reported in Franklinville, Brockton, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Dunkirk, and Warsaw. Trees and power lines reported down from the gusts.
2006: Damaging gusty winds were recorded: 67 mph at Buffalo Airport, 65 mph at Hamburg, 62 mph at Lackawanna, 59 mph at Alfred, 58 mph at Elma.
1966: Snow storm brought 54" of snow to Mayville and more than 200 motorists and school children were stranded.
1989: Snow up to two feet reported: Perrysburg 12" and West Valley received 18", Chaffee in Erie county reported 12".
Buffalo, NY -- This week of November 20th in Western New York weather history reminds us of 12 foot snow drifts.
1989: Gusty winds caused 50,000 homes and businesses without power and trees down across the area. In Cheektowaga a roof was blown off a mobile home. Reported gusts: 81 mph at Jamestown, 63 mph at Buffalo, 61 mph at Niagara Falls.
1957: Heavy snow, 11.3 inches of snow was recorded at the Buffalo Airport.
2000: Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties were declared federal disaster areas from heavy snow: Stockton 31", New Albion 30", Sherman 27", Buffalo 16-25", Amherst 24", Jamestown 22" and Ashford 15".
1970: State of Emergency declared in the town of Evans after two feet of deep snow and snow drifts estimated up to 12 feet. Nearly three feet reported in Hamburg and gusty winds greatly reduced visibilities.
2005: Thanksgiving Day snow storm: 24" at Ellicottville, 22" at South Dayton; 16" at Perrysburg; 13" at Sinclairville; 11" at Lancaster; 10" at Warsaw and 7" at Buffalo.
1990: Strong winds brought down trees and power lines.
1979: A windstorm blew roofs off of some buildings and knocked a trailer over on the Thruway.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of November 13th in Western New York weather history, we remember the "Snowvember" storm of 2014.
1992: Lake effect snow accumulated off of Lake Erie: 25" Sherman, 23" Colden, 18" Chaffee and Boston, 12" Mayville and Eden, and 8" Evans.
2003: Strong winds caused power outages to more than 100,000 people and falling trees and poles caused damage to home and cars. In Stockton, 35 cattle were killed in a barn collapse. At the Buffalo-Niagara Airport a jet was turned by the wind, and in Buffalo a woman was blown over and suffered a broken leg.
1997: Heavy snow dropped a daily record of 9.5 inches at the Buffalo Airport. Also 10-12 inches reported in West Seneca, Colden, Darien Center, and Portageville.
1995: Heavy wet snow caused power outages and road closures. Up to 20 inches fell across most of Allegany county with over a foot from southern Erie, Wyoming counties southward: 17 inches in Wellsville, 15 inches in Strykersville, and 13 inches in Batavia and Brisol.
1989: Gusty winds were reported and caused power outages: 55 mph Buffalo Airport, and 58 mph at Dunkirk.
2014: The "Snowvember" lake effect snow storm started in the evening on the 17th and lasted until the 21st. When the storm was over some communities were buried under more than 70 inches, even more than 80 inches of snow. Some of those areas included Cowlesville 88", Hamburg 80", West Seneca and South Buffalo near 80", Lancaster 74". The Buffalo Airport only picked up 16.9" of snow.
2014: The "Snowvember" lake effect snow storm continued through the 21st.
2000: Lake snows: Buffalo Airport 14", Lancaster 11", Amherst 10".
Buffalo, NY -- This week of November 6th in Western New York weather history reminds us of many lake effect snow events and damaging winds.
1950: In 24 hours 1.53" of rain was recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Heavy rain across Western New York produced street flooding in many locations.
1967: Lake snows off Lake Erie dumped 28" in Mayville and the thruway was closed from Silver Creek to the PA border. In Buffalo 7" was reported.
1990: High winds gusting up to 61mph at the Buffalo Airport and 69mph at Dunkirk were reported. Trees and power lines were reported downed and some structural damage to homes in Lancaster.
1994: Strong winds funneling along Lake Erie brought down trees and power lies over areas closest to the eastern parts of the lake.
2005: Gusty winds up to 66 mph developed across the Niagara Frontier and brought down trees and power lines and 20,000 homes and businesses were without power. Large trees fell and crushed a car in Niagara Falls, a car and boat in Medina, and two cars in a garage in Blasdell. Also in Niagara Falls a 40 foot light standard fell on three police vehicles, and in Gerry the winds pushed a bus coach from Route 60. Even the Buffalo Airport was temporarily closed from the strong winds. Some peak wind gusts: 66 mph at West Seneca; 64 mph at Youngstown; 63 mph at Batavia; 62 mph at Barker; 60 mph at Lockport and Hamburg; and 59 mph at Albion, Buffalo and Grand Island. Finally, Lake Erie's water rose several feet from Ripley to Buffalo and waves of ten to fifteen feet caused some erosion of the lake shore and some property damage. Also some roads were closed. The water level rose above 8 foot flood stage to 8.5 feet.
2007: After the warmest 6 month stretch, heavy wet lake effect snow hit and power outages were reported from the weight of the snow and also snapped tree limbs. 8" of snow reported in Mayville, South Dayton and Ellicottville.
1996: Severe storms downed trees and power lines and damage was reported in Frewsburg, North Harmony, and Mina.
1996: Heavy rain and some flooding recorded east of Lake Ontario.
1995: Lake effect snow 8 to 12 inches blanketed portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
2005: Storms downed trees and power lines causing power outages. One inch size hail was also reported. A vacant house was struck by lightning and set fire in Silver Creek.
1975: Strong wind gusts up to 60 mph at the Buffalo Airport and reports of damage to boats and cottages in the town of Hamburg.
1988: Winds up to 68 mph gusted at the Buffalo Airport setting a new record for the month of November. Downed trees and power lines were reported across the area. A tractor trailer was blown over in Newstead and a large tree crushed a car in Buffalo. High waves collapsed a wall on River Road along Lake Erie.
1998: Gusty winds brought down a large tree limb which fell on a home, several windows were blown in, and many were without power including those in West Seneca, Clarence, and Lancaster.
1977: Lake effect snow dropped up to 9 inches of wet snow over the northern suburbs of Buffalo which snapped power lines and large tree limbs, and four people were killed in car accidents.
1996: Arctic air produced lake effect snow, 20 to 40 inches off of Lake Erie!
1992: High winds caused more than 100,000 people to be without power. Wind gusts peaked at 73 mph at Buffalo, 72 mph at Niagara Falls, 67 mph at Rochester. Storefront windows were reported blown in at Oakfield and Perry. Two people were injured in Batavia and Niagara Falls when they were struck while in their cars by tree limbs. High water levels along Lake Erie caused some flooding and residents in Hoover Beach in Hamburg had to be evacuated.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of October 30th in Western New York weather history reminds us of many lake effect snow events and damaging winds.
1996:Damaging winds brought down some tree limbs and power lines causing tens of thousands of people to be without power. The winds tore a section of roof off a Buffalo Raceway Barn in Hamburg and a car was crushed by a falling tree in Tonawanda. Gusty winds up to 69mph were reported at the Buffalo Coast Guard station.
1954:A snowstorm dumped up to 10 inches of snow over parts of Chautauqua county, and just an inch reported at the Buffalo Airport.
1963:It was the second driest October in 93 years in Buffalo with 23 days straight of no rain. There was a ban on hunting and low water levels dried up some well and streams and parks were closed.
1973:Gusty winds from a storm caused waves up to 10 feet and caused beach erosion in Hoover Beach and several boats also sunk in Small Boat Harbor.
1993:A Snowstorm dropped 6 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow over the southern tier which downed trees and power lines and also caused many vehicle accidents.
1996:Heavy lake effect snow produced 6 to 9 inches off of Lake Erie and caused some car accidents.
1966:Lake effect snow storm piled two feet of snow from south Buffalo through Lancaster, starting with a foot over Lewiston before shifting south.
1992:Strong winds brought down some trees causing damage to homes and cars in Dunkirk, Brocton and Ripley.
1999:Gusty winds brought down trees and power lines and windows were blown out in a showroom in Arcade.
1985: Heavy rain of more than 5 inches from remnants of hurricane Juan, broke daily records in Buffalo three days in a row starting on the 3rd. Flooding was reported in many locations, including Chautauqua Lake, the Chadokoin River, and Cassadaga, Conewango, and Smokes Creeks.
1991: More than 6 inches of snow hit Buffalo, Tonawanda (6"), Amherst, Lancaster (7") and Cheektowaga (8") from lake effect. Daily record snowfall of 5.2" was recorded at the Buffalo Airport.
1999: Record rainfall was recorded at the Buffalo Airport with more than 3" of rain falling in just a few hours. Flooding caused the evacuation of hundreds in Niagara County and in Tonawanda the closure of two polling places.
Lake effect snow then developed and dumped more than a foot of snow in spots: Ellicottville 14", New Albion 11", Little Valley 10".
1991: Lake effect snow accumulated off of Lake Erie: Cheektowaga 8", Lancaster 7", Tonawanda 6".
1995: Heavy wet snow off the lakes accumulated in parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties of up to 8".
1982: Heavy lake snows accumulated, 12.3 inches in the metropolitan Buffalo area causing backed up traffic for hours and a lot of tree damage due to the weight of the snow. The 12.3 inches broke a record for the date and also a record for the biggest snowfall early in the season.
1990: Strong winds caused twenty thousand homes in Buffalo to lose power from gusty winds up to 64 mph.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of October 23rd in Western New York weather history reminds us of early season storms that dumped 2 feet of snow, and caused flash flooding.
1953:Forest fires happened and all state forests and parks were closed, after a 31 day stretch of dry conditions with very little rain.
1937:Snow and strong winds caused accidents just south of Buffalo. And a 60 foot sailboat near Point Abino, Canada was abandoned by its five crew members as it went down from the winds which eventually crashed against the northern breakwall at the foot of Porter Street.
1980:Rain from a strong storm system measured up to 3.5 inches causing Buffalo and Cayuga creeks to flood. Five people were killed in an accident in the Buffalo area while driving in the heavy rain. Rain ended as snow and up to 5 inches of snow was reported over parts of the western southern tier. Gusty winds tossed some small boats ashore and were damaged in Buffalo Harbor. Waves washed ashore and closed Old Lake Shore Road.
2001:Damaging winds brought down trees and power lines in Buffalo, Lockport and Royalton. A large tree also crushed a minivan and two people in it were injured.
1967:Heavy lake effect rain, snow, sleet and hail centered over the Buffalo Airport and localized flooding was reported.
1981:Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Allegany country and families were evacuated in Wellsville and Scio, also four school districts were forced to close.
1983:Gusty winds up to 61mph were reported at the Buffalo Airport. In Bergen, a seven year old boy was killed when a tree branch fell and hit him.
1934:Several waterspouts were recorded near Buffalo including a waterspout visible from the Weather Bureau Office over Lake Erie just outside the outer break wall.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of October 16th in Western New York weather history reminds us of snow storms, waterspouts near Buffalo and trees falling on cars.
1984: Dense fog was reported across much of Western New York.
1992: Damaging winds were reported in the Buffalo metro area bringing down some trees and power lines. Wind gusts up to 58 mph were recorded along Lake Ontario.
1947: Record high temperatures of 80 degrees in Buffalo then 85 degrees on October 17th, and then 84 degrees made for a three day stretch of record highs that year.
2001: Downed trees were recorded in Salamanca, Jamestown, and Colden from strong winds.
1967: Up to 4 inches of rain was recorded in the hills of Cattaraugus county.
1981: Wind gusts up to 56mph at the Buffalo Airport, and 6500 homes lost power locally. Some beach erosion happened on the east shore of Lake Erie.
1988: Gusty winds caused power outages and in Kenmore a large tree was blown onto a truck. Heavy rain also caused some flooded roads and basements in the southern tier.
1990: Strong winds brought down trees and power lines in the Niagara Frontier and western southern tier.
1996: Rainfall of three to four inches recorded across the Genesee Valley from an intense storm system. Roads were closed and many basements flooded including in Albion.
1995: Wind damage was reported in Mayville, Franklinville, and Hamburg from a strong cold front. Heavy rain also fell resulting in street flooding near Ripley.
1976: Waterspouts over Lake Erie near the Buffalo Harbor were seen by many in office buildings in downtown Buffalo.
1993: Strong winds funneled down Lake Erie and caused damage including in Dunkirk where a 40 foot tree fell landing on a passing car and trapped the driver for half an hour. The tree also flattened a minivan and another car. Scattered power outages and downed trees were reported throughout Erie and Chautauqua counties. A peak wind gust of 61 mph was recorded at the Buffalo Airport.
2001: Thunderstorms moved into the western southern tier causing damage to trees and power lines in Lakewood, Ellicottville, Franklinville and Cuba. A barn in Lyndon had extensive structural damage when portions of the roof were ripped off. Inch size hail was also reported with the storms covering the ground.
1976:Heavy snow hit Mayville and up to 12 inches of snow in Cherry Creek and 9 inches in Little Valley. Schools were closed in Andover, Belmont and Cuba from the heavy snow which brought down tree limbs onto power lines in many locations.
Buffalo, NY -- This week of October 9th in Western New York weather history reminds us of the October snowstorm of 2006, damaging winds, hail and record heat.
1950: In 24 hours 1.53" of rain was recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Heavy rain across Western New York produced street flooding in many locations.
1906: A big snowstorm hit the Niagara Frontier. Rain changed to heavy wet snow and winds picked up quickly. 2.6" of heavy wet snow was reported. Many leaves were still on trees and many tree limbs were brought down and also wires. Two deaths were reported by broken wires. Tree limbs were brought to the ground and many trees were broken to pieces. The snow collected rapidly on wires and broke them in many places in the city and surrounding areas, with many power outages reported.
1932: Lake waters increased in the Buffalo Harbor from a strong southwesterly wind, and one vessel, the freighter Norway, broke away and dragged its anchor causing some damage. Several other smaller boats were overturned. Gusty winds caused damage including uprooted trees and power lines blown down.
1992: Strong winds were recorded especially along Lake Erie. Gusts up to 54mph at the Buffalo Coast Guard, and sustained winds of 40mph in Dunkirk and Buffalo.
2006: The major October snowstorm of 2006 happened. Heavy rain turned to heavy wet snow which dumped 22.6 inches of snow at the Buffalo Airport in 24 hours. One foot was recorded in just 4 hours. Many leaves were still on trees and the heavy wet snow brought down communities of trees. Those damages are still seen today. One death was reported, a man killed from a large falling tree limb. Depew, Lancaster and Alden received 24 inches, and Amherst up to 22 inches.
1999: Strong winds brought down trees that damaged homes in South Buffalo and Elma. Hail was also reported in many cities in Erie county. Peak wind gusts of 71 mph were reported in Lewiston.
1983:A cold front brought strong gusty winds up to 60mph and hail. Many trees and power lines were reported down and 2200 homes in Amherst lost power. Temperatures dropped from record highs the previous day to cold temperatures and some snow.
1989:Severe storms blew over trees and power lines in places such as Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. A house trailer was blown off its foundation in Hartland. In Medina, 7000 residents lost power and the Medina Armory had part of its roof peeled off. Nearly a million bushels of apples in Niagara and Orleans counties were damaged by hail and strong winds.
2001: Strong winds ahead of a cold front brought down trees and power lines in South Wales, Jamestown, Belfast and Dunkirk.
1954: Strong winds by remnants of hurricane Hazel caused damage.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of October 2nd in Western New York we remember the earliest snowfall on record in Buffalo, the major snowstorm of 1906, and also remnants of a hurricane which caused flooding.
1955: Daily record rain, and a 24-hour rainfall of 3.11 inches recorded at the Buffalo Airport.
1995: Remnants of Hurricane Opal passed near Buffalo to the west and brought two to three inches of rain for much of the area. Even isolated amounts of near four inches were reported in parts of the western Southern Tier and some flooding.
1991: The first cold spell of the season with some thunderstorms, and 0.2 inch of sleet recorded. It was the earliest measurable snowfall received in Buffalo establishing a record for the date. Some lake effect snow well south of Buffalo brought an inch of snow over parts of Cattaraugus county.
1991: Heavy wet snow, 8 to 10 inches deep, fell in Allegany county and brought down trees and power lines which forced closings of some schools. No precipitation was reported at the Buffalo Airport.
No Significant weather events happened on this date in history.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of September 25th in Western New York remnants of a hurricane produced record rainfall.
1962: Strong easterly winds lowered Lake Erie waters by several feet.
1986: A waterspout moved off Lake Ontario into northwest Orleans county near Lyndonville. The tornado crossed West Lake road and moved into the village of Shadigee then back to Lake Ontario. Most of the damage was to one house on West Lake Road with minor damages to many other residences in Shadigee.
1959: The remnants of Hurricane Gracie hit Buffalo producing the heaviest rainfall since October 1955. At the Buffalo Airport rainfall of 2.68 inches was recorded in 24 hours.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of September 18th in Western New York many boats were damaged by strong winds.
1954: Strong winds damaged small boats, toppled trees and power lines in Buffalo.
1983: Hail as large as marbles hit east of Lake Erie. Waterspouts were also reported over the lake near Buffalo, Dunkirk, and Angola.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of September 11th in Western New York remnants of a tropical storm brought flooding rains.
1979: The remnants of Tropical Storm Frederic brought record amounts of rainfall to western New York and the Buffalo International Airport received 4.94 inches in a 24 hour period. The max was 7.10 inches at Holley. Frederic's rains caused flooding over much of western New York and the Buffalo metropolitan area with most streams above their flood stages, basement floodings, power outages, many roads and schools and offices closed. Many property owners who lived near streams were evacuated.
1966: Heavy rainfall totals of 6" were reported from the Town of Tonawanda in a 36 hour period and storm sewers and drains could not handle the runoff forcing the closure of over 30 streets and serious basement flooding in thousands of homes.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of September 4th in Western New York heavy rain closed down roads.
1970: Heavy rain caused extensive damage in northern Chautauqua county, where more than two inches of rain fell in a four-hour period. The rain washed out vineyards and closed roads.
1970: Heavy rain caused major damage in northern Chautauqua county where more than two inches of rain fell in a four-hour period. Washed out vineyards, closed roads, and power failures resulted.
1929: A storm across Buffalo had rainfall of 1.61 inches in less than 2 hours, was greater than the total amount recorded during either July or August. I did relieve prolonged drought conditions there but the Hertel-Colvin section had moderate flooding, street and railway traffic was delayed considerably.
Western New York had drenching rains from remnants of hurricane Frances, rainfall totaled 3 to 5 inches, much of it falling in a 6 to 9 hour period. Several creeks in the Buffalo and Rochester areas recorded their greatest flows and highest gage levels ever in a non-winter/spring season. Cazenovia Creek at Ebenezer was above the 10 foot flood stage cresting at 14.85 feet. Buffalo Creek at Gardenville was above the 7 foot flood stage cresting at 8.71 feet. Cayuga Creek at Lancaster was above the 8 foot flood stage cresting at 9.59 feet. Allegheny River at Salamanca was above the 12 foot flood stage cresting at 12.33 feet. Ellicott Creek at Williamsville was above the 8 foot flood stage cresting at 9.87 feet. Tonawanda Creek at Batavia was above the 9 foot flood stage cresting at 10.12 feet. In Cowlesville, Wyoming County, a three-year-old boy drowned when he was swept away by flood waters while playing near a stream.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of August 28th in Western New York a tornado touched down in Clarence.
1994: Thunderstorms hit and a man was injured in Lockport when he was pinned in his automobile by a falling tree. Also the storms spawned three separate tornadoes!
A weak tornado touched down in Lockport damaging some trees and a house had minor roof damage.
A fast moving weak tornado produced some damage in Fredonia at the fair grounds were two were injured by flying debris at the Farmer's Fair. A house sustained significant damage to its roof and had several windows broken.
Finally a weak tornado made a brief touchdown in the northwest corner of the town of Amherst. With the exception of two windows being blown out of a house, damage was confined to trees and shrubs.
1993: Thunderstorms in Erie county spawned a small tornado in Clarence during the early morning hours. Downburst winds with an embedded tornado downed numerous trees and falling trees caused some structural damage to homes.
1977: Thunderstorms in the town of Dayton caused lightning which struck four children causing serious injuries to two. High winds, hail, and lightning left power line and tree damage especially near Cherry Creek.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of August 21st in Western New York several tornadoes hit WNY including Lockport, Amherst and Fredonia.
1999: Severe storms downed trees and power lines in North Tonawanda and Lewiston. Also winds overturned a travel trailer in the KOA Campground on Grand Island, and torrential rains produced flash flooding Tonawanda and north Buffalo.
1994: A tornado touched down in Lockport and damage was reported on one property where three large trees were downed and windows were blown out of a garage.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of August 14th in Western New York a tornado touched down in Eden, and strong storms caused flooded streets.
1932: Storms and heavy rain caused many streets to flood across the Niagara Frontier, water being half a foot or more deep. A seaplane was overturned and two small fires occurred from lightning. Some good news, after a week of dry weather, the soaking rains were beneficial to golf courses, crops, and vegetation.
1900: The streets quickly flooded from downpours in many parts of the city, and in the northwest side of Buffalo street cars had to suspend operations.
1970: A tornado touched down in Eden and a home was completely destroyed along its 200 yard path.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of August 7th in Western New York, thunderstorms caused wind and hail damage.
1926: Storms downed trees and power lines resulting in scattered power outages, and three-quarter inch hail fell in Lancaster.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of July 31st in Western New York, a tornado and damaging winds moved through the area.
1970: A violent storm hit Dunkirk causing downed trees and power lines and some property damage.
1989: A windstorm caused damage in Buffalo and in Eden, the Annual Corn Festival was interrupted by estimated winds of 50 mph when several tents collapsed.
2003: Thunderstorms produced downburst winds of 60 mph which downed trees and power lines in West Falls. The storms produced several inches of rain over parts of the southern tier and in Allegany county flash flooding and road closures happened, state Routes 417 and 19 were closed.
1926: Storms brought strong winds and flooding rain. Streets were flooded in the Hertel area. One frame house under construction was blown down and many places struck by lightning, including a barn at Kusteran farm, near Angola; barn Wilcox farm on Hemlock Rd. in Eden; a Jefferson Ave. trolley car. Some telephone poles were blown down.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of July 24th in Western New York, a tornado and damaging winds moved through the area.
1955: A thundersquall caused local flash flooding and knocked down trees and power lines.
1987: A tornado hit the town of Cheektowaga which flipped cars on the N.Y.S. Thruway and caused about 5 million dollars in damage to homes and businesses including the George Urban/Miami parkway area of the town. Major damage was sustained by three homes while over 100 homes reported minor damage.
1996: During the evening a small tornado touched down in Canaseraga, Allegany county which uprooted trees and tore parts of a metal roof off a barn and shingles off a mobile home.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of July 17th in Western New York strong winds, hail, flooding and lightning caused damage.
2004: Storms produced hail over Niagara and Orleans counties, three-quarter inch hail was reported in Sanborn and one-inch hail in Ridgeway.
2003: Thunderstorms with strong winds downed trees in Cuba, and Portville had straight-line wind damage when a barn was blown down. Heavy rains of more than 2 inches caused urban and small stream flooding in Cuba and Olean . In Fredonia, lightning struck a house.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of July 10th in Western New York, funnel clouds moved through the area.
2003: Several funnel clouds developed from storms along the convergence of Lakes Erie and Ontario lake breeze boundaries. No damage was reported.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of July 3rd in Western New York, tornadoes touched down and lightning went through a house.
1999: Severe storms produced heavy downpours, up to three inches in some spots, strong winds and large hail, and localized poor drainage flooding. Funnel clouds were sighted in Freedom. A swath of hail between one-half and one-mile wide hit Wyoming county and windows were broken and siding and shutters were damaged as a result. Hundreds of acres of corn were damaged. In Yorkshire, a large equipment shed was blown apart. In Delevan, a large barn and two concrete silos were destroyed. At the Freedom Speedway, several large trees were moved, light poles were bent over and a cinder block building was moved off its foundation, due to straight line winds.
1983: A cold front with storms and damaging winds moved through the Buffalo area which brought hail to Orchard Park, winds gusting to 50 mph, and an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud in Lancaster.
1994: Storms moved through and an Amherst resident apparently encountered a ball of lightning about the size of a beach ball rolling down the upstairs hall which went through a bedroom door and window and damaged some electrical appliances.
1965: Severe storms moved through and one produced hail and small tornadoes including tornado clouds at Curriers, Wyoming county and Williamsville and Akron in Erie county.
1998: Storms brought three to five inches of rain across parts of Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming counties, widespread devastating flash flooding was reported. Many small streams and creeks became raging torrents and the upper reaches of the Tonawanda Creek rose drastically--faster than at any time in at least 30 years according to locals--and flooded out much of the Village of Attica. Two deaths resulted from the flooding including a 28 year-old female and a 17 year-old male drowned while attempting to rescue animals from the basement of an animal clinic.
The Tonawanda creek which rose well above flood stage downstream to Batavia. Cayuga creek at Lancaster rose above flood stage for several hours. A State of Emergency was declared for all of Wyoming County. Nearly 400 buildings were damaged in Wyoming county and damage to crop land was severe.
1999:Severe storms crossed Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties producing damaging winds, downpours, and hail. Downed trees and power lines reported. Falling trees resulted in structure damage in Cassadaga and Ellicottville. A funnel was also sighted in Cassadaga. In Sinclairville, the strong winds leveled a large barn.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of June 26th in Western New York, tornadoes caused damage.
1980:Several funnel clouds were reported on grand island, Youngstown and in the Akron/Newstead. Tornadoes reportedly touched down in Franklinville where winds cut a 50 foot wide path through trees, and in Ellicottville a home and mobile home were damaged. Fallen trees closed a portion of route 242 in Franklinville.
1976: Severe storms caused a peak gust of 69 mph at Buffalo Airport, and a house was struck by lightning and set fire on Dakota street.
2006: Storms developed producing hail up to one inch in diameter, and a storm spawned a tornado which moved across the Town of Cheektowaga. Report from the National Weather Service in Buffalo reads: The tornado initially touched down on Walden Avenue near Harlem Road and traveled from the northwest to the southeast through the town. On Walden Avenue, a construction trailer was moved several hundred feet. The worker in the trailer suffered minor injuries. As the tornado moved across the New York State Thruway, it lifted a tractor trailer and deposited on its side across the Jersey barrier. The driver of the truck suffered a broken leg. The tornado continued on its southeast trek damaging a 20 by 30 foot section of a wall on a warehouse and then downed trees as it crossed through central Cheektowaga. The tornado touched down several times along its path. Its final touchdown was at the Parkside Village Mobile Home Park around 3:05 p.m. where three mobile homes sustained significant damage and eight others sustained minor damage. The tornado was ranked an F1 with a path length of three miles and a width of 75 yards.
1953: A line of severe storms hit Grand Island, the Tonawandas, and north Buffalo bringing destructive winds: at the airport 59mph winds, heavy rain 2.27 inches in a 3-hour period, and hail caused damage estimated around two million dollars.
1963: A line of severe storms moved through western New York. A tornado touched down near the city of Jamestown and a fatal airplane crash occurred at Rochester.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of June 19th in Western New York, gusty winds on Lake Erie capsized boats, and a tornado damaged a house.
1908: Heavy rain and a windstorm in Buffalo with winds of 56 mph and extreme gusts of 69 mph caused damage. Many valuable trees were blown down, streetcar traffic stopped by broken wires, or obstructing trunks of trees. A church being built on East Ferry street was blown down. Two boys who had sought refuge there were seriously injured by falling timbers.
1969: Thunderstorms spawned tornadoes which ripped through sections of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Hardest hit were a factory in Jamestown and the towns of Gerry and Bemus Point. No injuries were reported.
1972: Remnants of hurricane Agnes dumped 3.97 inches of rain in a couple days with up to a foot or more over portions of the southern tier. Devastating flooding reached record levels in Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties and the dike system was exceeded in Salamanca. Property damage was in the hundreds of millions of dollars with 24 deaths in New York state.
1985:Strong winds on Lake Erie gusting to 41 mph capsized several small vessels which caused four people to go into the water. One person drowned two teenage girls were stranded adrift a rubber raft for 16 hours about four miles west of Silver Creek before being rescued by the Coast Guard.
1989: Several streams already swollen, flooded from heavy rains: Lockport, Albion and Arcade reported rainfall of 3.3, 3.0, and 2.9". States of emergency were declared for the village of Arcade and Albion. In Arcade, trees were uprooted and moved 500 feet by the flood waters and waters ate away the roadbed of the Conrail line in the town of Dale. In Genesee county, three bridges washed away. The Allegheny River crested about 3.5 feet above flood stage at Olean and Salamanca, and a bridge in Franklinville was washed out. In Portville, 50 persons had to be evacuated from their homes, and flooding closed portions of State Routes 219, 242, 16, and 98.
1994: Severe storms brought damaging winds in Hamburg and East Aurora, and produced a weak tornado in Angola. The tornado mainly uprooted trees, one tree fell onto a house.
1997: Strong storms, which developed along lake breezes from Lakes Erie and Ontario winds, downed trees and power lines in Niagara, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, creating scattered power outages.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of June 12th in Western New York, remnants of a hurricane brought devastating floods.
1991: Storms over southern Erie and Chautauqua counties produced damaging wind gusts over 45 mph which downed trees and power lines in Evans and Angola, and also Jamestown. Marble-size hail was reported in the town of Harmony and in Jamestown.
1986: Severe thunderstorms brought a peak gust of 69 mph at the Buffalo Airport. The storms cut electricity to nearly 18,000 homes around Buffalo. A house was struck by lightning and set fire on Dakota street.
2008: Western New York experienced a rare widespread damaging hail event across southern Niagara, southern Orleans counties especially, hail of up to two inches in diameter. One storm formed over Grand Island and moved into the northern and eastern suburbs of Buffalo. The golf-ball sized hail damaged thousands of automobiles as well as windows, roofs and awnings on homes. At the Amherst Middle School, the hail pierced 1200 to 1500 holes in the skylight roof. While property damage was significant, the damage to area crops was devastating.
1970: Storm brought power outages to Niagara and drenching rains flooded streets in Lockport. Lightning also struck four homes and a church in Amherst but damage was light.
1990: Severe thunderstorms downed trees and power lines causing numerous power outages. Several reports of homes damaged by falling trees were received and state of emergency declared in Brownville as downed trees and power lines blocked the main streets. Two people were trapped in their cars when live wires fell onto the street. Specific reports of wind damage were received from Falconer, Elma, Lancaster, Wilson, Batavia, and Murray.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of June 5th in Western New York, large hail and gusty winds caused damage.
1980: Strong storms caused downed trees and power lines and heavy rain caused street flooding. Also a wind gust of 79 mph was recorded at the Buffalo Airport and golf ball sized hail was reported.
2007: Storms downed trees and power lines including in Concord, Hamburg, Gerry, Westfield, Niagara Falls, LeRoy, Varysburg, Otto, Orchard Park, Bemus Point, Byron, Castile.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of May 29th in Western New York, a tornado hit several local towns.
1977: Severe storms brought up to ½ inch hail, strong gusty winds and heavy rain for Niagara Falls. Also some large trees were uprooted and fell across parked cars, while in other sections of the city power lines were downed and roofs were damaged by falling tree limbs.
1986: Storms dumped 1.15 inches of rain at the Buffalo Airport which set a record for that date. And the thunderstorms knocked out power to between 5,000 and 6,000 customers in Buffalo, and also power outages in the towns of Amherst, Tonawanda, Elma, West Seneca, Hamburg, Orchard park, Alden and Marilla.
1998: Severe storms moved through and a tornado struck Wyoming county and did substantial damage to numerous structures and completely destroyed several others. The initial touchdown of the tornado occurred in Orangeville and went near the Village of Warsaw damaging two houses, then the tornado followed near the border of the Towns of Perry and Castile damaging several sheds and docks as it crossed Silver Lake. The final traces of the tornado were in Castile.
Buffalo, NY -- During the week of May 8th in Western New York, heavy rain caused flooding.
1989: A late season storm dropped up to twelve inches of snow across the western southern tier and the Niagara Frontier! Buffalo received just under eight inches. The heavy, wet snow downed power lines and trees and nearly 13,000 customers were without electricity in much of Orleans and parts of northeast Genesee counties.
2004: Heavy rains and storms in the southern tier brought up to three inches of rain in less than two hours. Basements were flooded in Jamestown, Olean and Allegany and many roads were partially or totally washed out and closed.
1989: It was nearly two weeks of consistent rainfall across the western southern tier which caused streams and creeks to reach bankful. Several roads were flooded and closed and at the Onoville Marina on the Allegheny River, ramps to the docks were under two feet of water. And there was a mud slide on one of the ski slopes at the Holiday Valley Resort Area in Ellicottville.
1952: Heavy rain, 1.70 inches, was recorded at the Buffalo airport and flood damage was reported along the lake and river.
2006: Storms along the south shore of Lake Ontario brought hail as large as 1.75 inches reported in Port Byron, and one inch hail in Rochester.
1989: Lightning struck and killed two softball players in Randolph, as they sought shelter from a thunderstorm under a tree. Four other players who had also run under the tree were treated for shock and minor injuries.
There is a detailed version of local daily weather events on the National Weather Service website.
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