Today in Western New York Weather History

Buffalo, NY -- During the week of August 14th in Western New York a tornado touched down in Eden, and strong storms caused flooded streets.

Aug 17

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.

Aug 18

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.

Aug 19

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.

Aug 10

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.

Aug 3

1970: A violent storm hit Dunkirk causing downed trees and power lines and some property damage.

Aug 4

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.

Aug 5

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.

Aug 6

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.

July 27

1955: A thundersquall caused local flash flooding and knocked down trees and power lines.

July 30

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.

July 20

2004: Storms produced hail over Niagara and Orleans counties, three-quarter inch hail was reported in Sanborn and one-inch hail in Ridgeway.

July 21

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.

July 13

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.

July 3

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.


July 4

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.

July 6

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.

July 7

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.

July 8

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.

July 9

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.

June 29

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.

June 30

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.

July 1

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.

July 2

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.

June 19

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.

June 20

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.

June 21

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.

June 22

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.

June 23

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.

June 24

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.

June 25

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.

June 15

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.

June 16

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.

June 17

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.

June 18

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.

June 7

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.

June 8

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.

June 1

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.

June 2

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.

May 8

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.

May 11

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.

May 12

1952: Heavy rain, 1.70 inches, was recorded at the Buffalo airport and flood damage was reported along the lake and river.

May 13

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.

May 14

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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