JAMESTOWN – The winds are blowin’ out there this afternoon and they will stay up through the day.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for all of Western New York, effective until 6:00 PM this evening. The strongest winds will be early this afternoon; they will begin to die down as we go throughout the day.
Winds gusts could reach up to 45 to 50 MPH at times, mainly inland away from the Lake Erie shoreline.
There is also a Red Flag Warning in effect for Warren County and much of Central Pennsylvania until 11:00 PM tonight. With the combination of dry air, dry ground conditions from the winter, and the gusty winds, the will heighten the wildfire danger today.
It won’t take much to elevate a small brush fire to an out-of-control wildfire. Just be respectful to all burn bans and use common sense.
Another Cold front will move through Thursday and that will bring some colder air behind it along with some rain showers Thursday night into Friday. With temperatures hovering nearing freezing Friday morning, there is a small chance for some wet snow flakes early on Friday. However, there won’t be any accumulation as it will be too wet to stick.
Temps warm up over the weekend and we say hello to the mid to upper 60s nearly next week with some scattered rain showers.
Storm Spotter Training: The National Weather Service in Buffalo will be conducting their first ever online training class on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. For the online training, you do need to preregister as spots for the online are limited. You can register your spot a www.weather.gov/buf/skywarn
Attendees will learn many topics to becoming a trained storm spotter, such as identifying storm structure, basic meteorology relating to severe convection (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc), severe weather safety, and proper reporting techniques.
I encourage everyone to attend a training session; we are in desperate need of more trained spotters. What many people may not know is that spotters actually contribute to the warning process. Remember, Doppler radar looks above the ground; it’s only spotters who see what is happening down at the ground.
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