weather

3:40pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Recreation

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

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4:03pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Severe weather strikes central, northern New York

Credit New York National Guard / via Flickr

As heavy rains continue to fall across much of New York, portions of the state have experienced flash flooding and rapidly rising rivers. Towns throughout central and northern New York are reporting rainfall ranging from a few to several inches. The village of Earlville, which straddles the Madison and Chenango County borders, reported receiving more than six inches by mid-morning.

According to Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the rain is showing little sign of letting up.

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8:49am

Mon May 27, 2013
Environment

Taxpayers bear the brunt of climate change costs

National Resources Defense Council

The impact and severity of weather events like the tornado that hit Oklahoma City are increasing due to a changing global climate, according to research from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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8:34am

Sat May 18, 2013
Environment

Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels

Iroquois Dam.
Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

For quite some time, the Great Lakes -- from Superior to Ontario -- have been at historically low water levels. So many people were surprised  this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high.

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11:00am

Tue March 12, 2013
-Nature of Things

What is so Rare As a Mild Day in March?

John Weeks discusses the arrival of various bird species beginning in late February and continuing through the spring months. Migration timetables are rarely disrupted by fickle March weather.

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9:10am

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area ski resorts enjoy benefits of snowstorm

This season's snowfall has brought back revenue for many winter sports industries in central and northern New York, after last year's winter with lower than normal snow levels. Friday's snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast was beneficial to area ski resorts, including Greek Peak in Cortland County.

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3:53pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Snow may be plentiful, but snowmobile clubs low on funds

A snowmobile passes a trail groomer along a stretch by the Erie Canal in Oneida County.
Durrie Lawrence/WRVO

There's been a lot of snow lately for snowmobilers around central New York, but last year's slow season has impacted funding for the clubs who maintain the trails.

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4:38pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away

New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations.
Tony Ficsher Photography Flickr

If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings.

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4:17am

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has banner year

Llamas are some of the new animals at the zoo in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last year was a record year for attendance at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Several factors combined to make the zoo the place to go last year.

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9:08am

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program

Rep. Dan Maffei in East Syracuse discussing funding for weatherization program
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

Members of Congress are asking the president to include a federal program to help low-income families insulate their homes in next year's budget. Rep. Dan Maffei says this is especially important in upstate New York, where heating a home can cost hundreds of dollars each year.

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7:23am

Fri January 4, 2013
Science

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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1:32pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Recreation

Rain and warm temps keep area ski resorts closed

Last night's rainfall was not a welcome sound for Peter Harris, owner of Song Mountain in Tully.

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6:20am

Mon December 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

More deer & cars colliding in Madison County

NorthPro40 Flickr

There's been a dramatic increase in the number of car deer collisions in Madison County this year, and authorities there are urging motorists to keep an eye out for the animals.

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5:31pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Health

Scientists predict flu outbreaks with weather forecasting techniques

Experts say vaccinations are the best way to prevent the flu. But now weather data has helped scientists predict the peak timing of flu outbreaks more than seven weeks before they happened.
Credit USACE Europe District / via Flickr

Someday your local weatherman may also be able predict the latest flu outbreak. That's according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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5:30pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Are central & northern NY prepared for a storm like Sandy?

As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm.

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6:00am

Sun November 18, 2012
Environment

Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections

Greg Thompson, USFWS Flickr

The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

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5:35am

Tue November 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo says predicted Nor'Easter could be worrisome

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there is concern that the Nor’Easter predicted to hit New York later this week could cause more harm to already storm-damaged areas.

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4:20pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Sandy's aftermath in Breezy Point

In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we traveled to one of the places hit the hardest by Sandy, the beachfront community of Breezy Point in Queens.

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4:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Weather

Wind as loud as a train causes only minor damage to Little Sodus Bay

Lenny Hadcock of Fair Haven was collecting and piling the smaller branches from a large tree that fell in his yard from Sandy's winds.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Bob and Allyson Malo were out Tuesday morning walking around their street along Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County checking their neighbor's cottages for damage.

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10:05am

Tue October 30, 2012
Weather

Sandy blows out the lights on upstate New York

Lenny Hadcock of Fair Haven says it will take him a couple of days to clean up the tree that fell in his yard at his home along Little Sodus Bay.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Below is WRVO News' coverage of reaction and response to Superstorm Sandy's impact on our region.

Updated, 6:02 p.m.:

After much preparation, high wind warning, and school closures, Syracuse escaped the brunt of Hurricane Sandy Monday evening, WRVO's Durrie Lawrence reports this evening.

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10:00am

Tue October 30, 2012
Weather

Sandy causing scattered power outages, school closings

Wind blew through Owens Orchard in Weedsport before the sun set and winds picked up last night.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

The winds are starting to die down around central and northern New York, but high winds last night have caused power outages and some schools around the region decided on Monday to close or delay this morning. 

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9:35pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Jefferson County prepares for high winds, waves, power outages

Workers hoist a boat out of the water for dry winter storage at Harbor's End Marina in Henderson, Jefferson County.
Credit Joanna Richards

As the wind began picking up Monday afternoon in Jefferson County, residents and officials were preparing for the high winds and water along shorelines expected from Hurricane Sandy.

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7:02pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Why some people ignore weather warnings

Credit Screen shot / Weather Underground

Just like the weather, human beings can be unpredictable.

With memories of overblown predictions regarding Hurricane Irene’s impact on the New York City area last year, some people aren’t taking Sandy that seriously. But this disconnect between forecast data and human behavior can be dangerous.

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12:46pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Sandy blows into upstate New York with high winds, rain

Credit screen shot / Weather Underground

Below is WRVO's coverage of the first day of Hurricane Sandy's impact on upstate New York. Later coverage can be found here.

Updated, 9:30 p.m.:

WRVO's Joanna Richards is reporting tonight on preparations being made in the North Country's Jefferson County. Here's an excerpt of her report:

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8:06am

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Cuomo urges New Yorkers not to take Sandy "lightly"

Governor Cuomo spent Sunday traveling from Long Island to the Adirondacks, informing New Yorkers of storm preparation and warning everyone to use common sense and be careful.

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3:31pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Weather

Sandy will bring high winds and rain to region starting Monday

Credit Screen shot / National Weather Service

The massive storm system associated with Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to bring high winds and heavy rain to upstate New York starting Monday.

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4:09pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Storm update: Preliminary findings confirm tornado in Elmira

After Thursday's severe thunderstorms, thousands in the Southern Tier and Mid-Hudson regions continue to recover from the heavy winds. The National Weather Service says a tornado caused some of the damage.

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4:09pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dry weather means fewer mosquitos in central New York

Though the dry weather is causing hardships for some, there is at least one benefit -- mosquito populations are down in central New York.

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3:53pm

Thu May 24, 2012
-Nature of Things

Understanding Thunderstorms

John Weeks broadcasts from the middle of a thunderstorm. Weeks explains the science behind thunder, lighting and storm clouds while describing how people throughout history have made sense of them.

12:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers

An early warm spell this year led to early buds. A severe cold snap followed shortly thereafter. On the heels of a freak snowstorm, upstate fruit growers are now waiting to find out how much damage has been done.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.

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