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Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront cut short Saturday after fog delay, uncooperative weather

Saturday's show was supposed to start at noon but was delayed several hours due to fog. Citing weather, the show ultimately ended early.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — All eyes were on the sky in Buffalo this weekend for the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront on the Outer Harbor.

But unfortunately for fans who waited hours after a fog delay and other weather issues, Saturday's show was cut short. 

The day's big act, The Blue Angels, tweeted at 4:21 p.m. that they would not take to the skies.

"We love shows and Buffalo got a little bit of a show today but there's definitely some of it left undone," said Andy Fulton, who traveled to Western New York from Weare, New Hampshire.

"Ceiling's the ceiling. Not much you can do. I'm a pilot so I understand. There's safety. You can't do it," added Mark Schulte, who traveled from Toledo, Ohio.

However, the attendees we spoke to, from the Buffalo area and those from out of town, said they still enjoyed the parts of the show they did get to see.

"We've seen three or four different individual jets come by and make several passes ... it's been pretty good," said James Lehmann of Blasdell.

Added Joshua Epstein of Buffalo: "It was nice. It's kind of disappointing the Blue Angels weren't able to get to perform, but that's OK."

Keith Collins-Allen of Lockport told 2 on Your Side, "It was a wonderful show. The Air Force was here in full force, and they did a great job. We missed out on the Blue Angles, but the Air Force did it the way they always do. Go Air Force!" 

2 On Your Side learned from a spokesperson with the state that everybody who had tickets for Saturday's show is invited to come back Sunday, but they shouldn’t come until after noon.

The reason for that? It's largely to control the traffic flow. Also, all tickets from Saturday will become general admission tickets on Sunday, even Saturday's VIP tickets.

"Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us today, but we are slated to perform tomorrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m. at the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront. Gates open at 10 and the air show starts at noon!" they said on Twitter.

Saturday's show was supposed to start at noon. However, the start time was delayed to 1:30 p.m. due to fog.

Organizers gave an update at 1:40 p.m., saying the Buffalo Waterfront is working with local authorities to assess weather conditions. Planes were sent out to test the visibility and were spotted in the air just before 2:30 p.m.

2 On Your Side was told the flight boss would make adjustments as needed.

The Blue Angels had been practicing all week, and on Friday, they had a full dress rehearsal.

Sunday's show is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. The Blue Angels are expected to perform at 3 p.m. Conditions for Sunday look to be much better with sunshine right by the lake and temperatures warming up into the low to mid 80s. 

If you plan to attend ear protection is highly recommended.

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