Today in Western New York Weather History

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.

 

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