Walk to Cure Diabetes 2013: A Walk Around Ring Road!

June 10th, 2013 at 11:20 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook
More than 2500 people signed up to join the 21st Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes at Delaware Park.  I had the honor of speaking to the crowd on behalf of Channel 4 -- a longtime sponsor of the Walk.

More than 2500 people signed up to join the 21st Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes at Delaware Park. I had the honor of speaking to the crowd on behalf of Channel 4 — a longtime sponsor of the Walk.

Because I have been a part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for several years, I've gotten to know many of the families who are battling this life-changing disease.  Though Type-1 Diabetes has typically been known as juvenile diabetes, 85% of the people who have it are adults!

Because I have been a part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for several years, I’ve gotten to know many of the families who are battling this life-changing disease. Though Type-1 Diabetes has typically been known as juvenile diabetes, 85% of the people who have it are adults!

Patrick Marks, the President of the JDRF Board of Directors who lives with Type-1 Diabetes, brought his son along with draw the winning raffle ticket.  Kathleen Graim of Tops Markets provided the pool of tickets for the $500 drawing. Tops has been a loyal supporter of JDRF and hosts many fundraising programs.

Patrick Marks, the President of the JDRF Board of Directors who lives with Type-1 Diabetes, brought his son along with draw the winning raffle ticket. Kathleen Graim of Tops Markets provided the pool of tickets for the $500 drawing. Tops has been a loyal supporter of JDRF and hosts many fundraising programs.

We headed to the starting line in a golf cart loaded with children you have seen in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk public service announcements over the years: Mallory, Olivia, and Zak among them.

We headed to the starting line in a golf cart loaded with children you have seen in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk public service announcements over the years: Mallory, Olivia, and Zak among them.

Children with Type-1 diabetes were invited to write their names on the roadway where the Walk will begin.  It's believed some 15,000 WNYers live with Type-1 diabetes.  There is no cure.

Children with Type-1 diabetes were invited to write their names on the roadway where the Walk will begin. It’s believed some 15,000 WNYers live with Type-1 diabetes. There is no cure.

It's always great to see how much the children have grown each year as they learn to cope with the life changes that juvenile diabetes brings their way. The Buffalo Fire Department was on hand to help start the Walk.  Paul Tatu of the BFD, a JDRF Board Member, helped organize the transition to Delaware Park this year.

It’s always great to see how much the children have grown each year as they learn to cope with the life changes that juvenile diabetes brings their way. The Buffalo Fire Department was on hand to help start the Walk. Paul Tatu of the BFD, a JDRF Board Member, helped organize the transition to Delaware Park this year.

Here's the scene as thousands of walkers line up to join in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Ring Road.

Here’s the scene as thousands of walkers line up to join in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Ring Road.

Karen Swierski, Executive Director of the WNY Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, can smile as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the chapter is ready to step off under blue skies and sunshine!

Karen Swierski, Executive Director of the WNY Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, can smile as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the chapter is ready to step off under blue skies and sunshine!

And they're off!  Thousands of people begin their 1.7 mile trip around Ring Road in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team "Inspiremily" was wearing purple shirts to support a child with juvenile diabetes.

And they’re off! Thousands of people begin their 1.7 mile trip around Ring Road in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team “Inspiremily” was wearing purple shirts to support a child with juvenile diabetes.

You can see several different teams walking together with the common goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.  After the federal government, JDRF is the biggest funder of diabetes research in the world.

You can see several different teams walking together with the common goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. After the federal government, JDRF is the biggest funder of diabetes research in the world.

Some families came up with creative ways for show their support for loved ones living with juvenile diabetes.

Some families came up with creative ways for show their support for loved ones living with juvenile diabetes.

Though we never caught up with young Erin McCarthy, we did spot these team members of "Erin's Shamrocks": Peggy, Kelly, little Sam, and Mrs. Spoth!

Though we never caught up with young Erin McCarthy, we did spot these team members of “Erin’s Shamrocks”: Peggy, Kelly, little Sam, and Mrs. Spoth!

I interviewed Ryan Standish about how his family's life has changed since Tyler was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes.  Tyler, age 5, is doing well and is ready to start school in the fall.

I interviewed Ryan Standish about how his family’s life has changed since Tyler was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. Tyler, age 5, is doing well and is ready to start school in the fall.

News 4 videographer Josh Roy joined me in Delaware Park to provide news coverage of the Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Here, we are interviewing Ryan Standish.  His son, Tyler, lives with juvenile diabetes which requires life-long injections of insulin.

News 4 videographer Josh Roy joined me in Delaware Park to provide news coverage of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Here, we are interviewing Ryan Standish. His son, Tyler, lives with juvenile diabetes which requires life-long injections of insulin.

It's great to see the children with juvenile diabetes growing and flourishing.  CeCe Loicano poses here with one of the great warriors in the fight against diabetes -- JDRF Executive Director Karen Swierski.

It’s great to see the children with juvenile diabetes growing and flourishing. CeCe Loicano poses here with one of the great warriors in the fight against diabetes — JDRF Executive Director Karen Swierski.

SpongeBob stopped in Delaware Park to say hello and support the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

SpongeBob stopped in Delaware Park to say hello and support the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

We have lots of friends in the quest to cure diabetes: Barney, SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer.

We have lots of friends in the quest to cure diabetes: Barney, SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer.

Here's a team rallying around 6 year old Courtney of Buffalo, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes last fall. Courtney's twin, Corey, was excited to be part of the team.

Here’s a team rallying around 6 year old Courtney of Buffalo, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes last fall. Courtney’s twin, Corey, was excited to be part of the team.

I look forward to seeing MacKenzie Duffy each year. Now in 7th grade, she has participated in the JDRF Walk for 9 years as a child who has lived with juvenile diabetes for most of her life.

I look forward to seeing MacKenzie Duffy each year. Now in 7th grade, she has participated in the JDRF Walk for 9 years as a child who has lived with juvenile diabetes for most of her life.

The lively crew from the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser set up in Delaware Park to engage the young JDRF walkers in healthy activities after the Walk.

The lively crew from the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser set up in Delaware Park to engage the young JDRF walkers in healthy activities after the Walk.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes included admission to the Buffalo Zoo and many of the walkers waited in line to see the Zoo's celebrated polar bear cubs -- Luna and Kali!

The Walk to Cure Diabetes included admission to the Buffalo Zoo and many of the walkers waited in line to see the Zoo’s celebrated polar bear cubs — Luna and Kali!

We saw both cubs. We think this is Kali enjoying a dip in the pool on a warm June day.

We saw both cubs. We think this is Kali enjoying a dip in the pool on a warm June day.

Janeen Duffy, who has participated in the JDRF Walk for nine years on behalf of her daughter, MacKenzie, snapped this photo in a close encounter (through the glass) at the Buffalo Zoo.

Janeen Duffy, who has participated in the JDRF Walk for nine years on behalf of her daughter, MacKenzie, snapped this photo in a close encounter (through the glass) at the Buffalo Zoo.

I'm not 'lion' -- it was a great day for the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo.

I’m not ‘lion’ — it was a great day for the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo.

I'll stick my neck out here and say it was one of the best Walks to Cure Diabetes that JDRF has ever hosted in WNY!

I’ll stick my neck out here and say it was one of the best Walks to Cure Diabetes that JDRF has ever hosted in WNY!


Allentown Art Festival 2013: Cool, Damp, and Still Fun!

June 9th, 2013 at 8:14 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

The 56th Allentown Art Festival launched on Saturday under less than ideal weather conditions, but the crowds still came and the artists — some 400 of them — were game to show their wares as they scrambled to shore up dripping canopies. Many told me sales picked up as the day went along, and at least one tallied his best day ever at the much-anticipated annual art show.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

I absolutely love the magnificent "Swallowtail Beauty" that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown.  It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

I absolutely love the magnificent “Swallowtail Beauty” that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown. It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

It's always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

It’s always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

Fresh from being voted Buffalo's Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier 'double-wide' booth at Allentown - the first time this has been an option for vendors.  Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Fresh from being voted Buffalo’s Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier ‘double-wide’ booth at Allentown – the first time this has been an option for vendors. Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival -- a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival — a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg.  They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine.  I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries.  It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg. They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine. I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries. It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

The Buffalo Police Department had its "Eye in the Sky" watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

The Buffalo Police Department had its “Eye in the Sky” watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

"Skywatch" is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather.  We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

“Skywatch” is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather. We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.


It Usually Follows that June will be Milder than May, but….

June 3rd, 2013 at 1:59 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Obviously, the heat is gone this week. But there are signs that June may end up being cooler more often than the very warm May we just finished. Certainly, there will be warm periods, but the overall pattern and another oscillating pattern favor more frequent troughing over the midwest and the NE, with the strongest/warmest ridging staying over the SW. That is a mean, and will be interrupted to be sure by variations in the pattern. But if this mean were to verify, it also would favor a wetter than average month. Having said all this, it’s only June 3rd as I post this…so much of it is subject to change.

Later this week, tropical moisture is likely to sweep up from the Gulf and SW Atlantic into the east & NE, with some of it arriving in bits and pieces before Thursday morning, and increasing into Thursday-Friday. There will be occasional rounds of showers & tshowers. Currently, the heaviest rain is likely to fall just east of us, but that’s cutting it a little close. Abundant cloud cover should keep instability limited, which makes severe tstorms unlikely. Some of this wet period may linger into a portion of Saturday, with Sunday being the nicest of the 2 weekend days. Another area of low pressure will begin to increase the likelihood of scattered showers by Monday afternoon. Some overall moderation in temperatures should be setting up by mid month. But as of this posting, there are no signs of a return to mid 80s-type heat in the ensemble means.


2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes Makes a Stop at WIVB-TV

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Recently, we had three children who live with Juvenile Diabetes make a stop at the Channel 4 studios to record a public service announcement (PSA) for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. You’ll be seeing the PSA starting this week on WIVB-TV. Join us for the Walk — which includes stops in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo on June 9th! Get more information here: http://www.wivb.com/subindex/community

Three  children with Type 1 Diabetes joined me here at the Channel 4 studios to record a Public Service Announcement for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mallory Esford is age 7 and Tyler Standish is 5. Emily Dickey is a very active 4th-grader who has been profiled on News 4 previously because of her fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Three children with Type 1 Diabetes joined me here at the Channel 4 studios to record a Public Service Announcement for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mallory Esford is age 7 and Tyler Standish is 5. Emily Dickey is a very active 4th-grader who has been profiled on News 4 previously because of her fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

We take directions from Jim Diavastes, WIVB-TV producer of the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

We take directions from Jim Diavastes, WIVB-TV producer of the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Videographer Roy Schrodt keeps us in view as he records the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Videographer Roy Schrodt keeps us in view as he records the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

7 year old Mallory Esford is a lively first grader from Hamburg who was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age three.

7 year old Mallory Esford is a lively first grader from Hamburg who was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age three.

5 year old Tyler Standish is a fun-loving pre-schooler who has been living with Juvenile Diabetes since age two.

5 year old Tyler Standish is a fun-loving pre-schooler who has been living with Juvenile Diabetes since age two.

Look for us in the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes now airing on Channel 4.  And, join us for the Walk on June 9th in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo!

Look for us in the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes now airing on Channel 4. And, join us for the Walk on June 9th in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo!


After a Stretch of Warm, Humid, and Unsettled Days, the Holiday Weekend Looks Cool.

May 20th, 2013 at 12:27 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

As our airmass draws higher dewpoints into the region, the trigger mechanism for any tshowers on Monday afternoon will be the edge of a weak Lk Erie breeze over the hilly terrain well inland to the S & SE. There will be several rounds of convection Tue-Wednesday night, with the atmosphere ripening for somewhat more widespread coverage, especially later Tue and Wed. Winds aloft will be fairly weak, meaning tshowers & more vigorous tstorms will tend to be slower-moving. A few spots could receive gullywashers and experience poor drainage flooding. In addition, this will be our first stretch of Sticky Days and Nights, lasting into Wednesday evening. SPC has WNY at Slight Risk for Severe on Wednesday. Some of that risk will depend on how much destabilization we do or don’t get from solar heating. Modeled profiles suggest some low level directional shear on Wednesday, with winds veering from SSW to SW with increased height. Still, the models as of Monday morning don’t suggest a particularly potent setup…we’d need some less than likely widespread sunshine and a little more shear than what’s expected as of this Monday AM to make things really pop.

By Thursday, we’ll be on the cooler side of this wavy front, with scattered showers. Cool & Dry air will move in for Friday, with daytime highs only in the low 60s and not much warmer on a bright & sunny Saturday. We should be back to the mid and upper 60s by Sunday, and getting closer to 70 for Memorial Day. I can’t rule out some patchy valley frost Friday and/or Saturday night.


This Warmup Won’t Have Sailing Quite as Smooth as the Last

May 13th, 2013 at 10:41 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

After the frosty start to this week, a warm front will arrive in WNY by Wednesday AM, ushering in some Sct Showers & Tstorms. This will be elevated convection, so it will not be impacted by the cooler lake waters. The models for wind directional change with increased altitude show quite a bit of low level veering/wind shear, so some thunderstorms with rotation can’t be ruled out. After one or 2 rounds of Sct convective cells into early Wednesday afternoon, things should settle down for a few days, with daytime highs averaging in the low 70s. The chance for Sct convection will probably return by Sunday into Monday and Tuesday. The airmass at that time will be warm and instability will be on the increase. An upper level trough may take on an orientation (negative tilt showing in some ensemble means) which would increase advection of warm & humid air and help create better dynamics for strong tstorms by Tuesday. A cold upper level low well to the NW of the surface low will feed cold air aloft and create more impressive lapse rates.

It’s VERY early in the game, but this kind of pattern can be recognized as one which can increase the chance for severe tstorms over parts of the Great Lakes.


First the Diamond & Proposal at the Diamond Ball, Now the Wedding!

May 12th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

And now, for the rest of the story. Remember last year when Eric Zaczek won the diamond at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Diamond Ball and immediately dropped down on his knee and proposed to Charis Gatas in front of hundreds of guests? (Watch his proposal here: http://youtu.be/ZpbFG14Lugo) Well, here they are as husband and wife! My husband and I were so pleased to be invited to their beautiful wedding Saturday at St. Louis Church. God bless this happy couple!

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Gradual Changes This Week, Quick Hit from Cool Weather for Mom

May 6th, 2013 at 10:00 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Our streak of 70+ degree days reached 7 as of Monday, and a few more are likely to keep that streak going. A slow moving storm system over the south will send some very limited moisture into WNY on Wednesday. In the meantime we also had 5 consecutive days with 100% of the possible sunshine 5 days in a row…rare ’round these parts! A few  more spotty showers may be around on Thursday and Friday as well. During Saturday, a cold front will drop into the Great Lakes. The rainfall potential with this strong front remains quite uncertain, but Sunday/Mother’s Day will probably be our first day with below average temperatures in 2 weeks. A few showers may pop up with the cold air aloft producing some instability on Sunday, but it should be rainfree most of the time. Sunday night could bring some patchy frost inland IF skies clear enough and winds subside sufficiently. Monday will still be cool, but plenty sunshine will return, and readings will go back to above average by Wednesday. So, this chillier period is going to be strictly a quick hit.


2013 Walk MS — New Venue, Same Big Mission!

May 5th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine! WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

-Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine!

Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine!

Some 2,000 people joined us at Canalside to raise money for the programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

Some 2,000 people joined us at Canalside to raise money for the programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

With News 4 Videographer Josh Roy I interviewed walkers with multiple sclerosis for the News 4 Buffalo evening newscasts. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system with a wide range of symptoms.

With News 4 Videographer Josh Roy I interviewed walkers with multiple sclerosis for the News 4 Buffalo evening newscasts. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system with a wide range of symptoms.

Sandy LaSpada of Lockport, who has multiple sclerosis, is the leader of Team Smurfs. The Smurfs are among the highest fundraisers for Walk MS.

Sandy LaSpada of Lockport, who has multiple sclerosis, is the leader of Team Smurfs. The Smurfs are among the highest fundraisers for Walk MS.

Carole Marra of Sanborn was interviewed for News Four about her son's challenges with MS.  Joey Marra, to her right in the sunglasses, is now 16 and was diagnosed with MS at age 8 -- perhaps the youngest person ever to receive this diagnosis in WNY.

Carole Marra of Sanborn was interviewed for News Four about her son’s challenges with MS. Joey Marra, to her right in the sunglasses, is now 16 and was diagnosed with MS at age 8 — perhaps the youngest person ever to receive this diagnosis in WNY.

 I was proud to be part of Team Joey this year.  Joey Marra, age 16 wearing sunglasses, lives with MS.  Every day is a challenge, but Joey has been able to maintain his spot on the honor roll!

I was proud to be part of Team Joey this year. Joey Marra, age 16 wearing sunglasses, lives with MS. Every day is a challenge, but Joey has been able to maintain his spot on the honor roll!

Linda Pautler of Cheektowaga is hopeful research will change her life, but also that research will keep other from being diagnosed with MS.

Linda Pautler of Cheektowaga is hopeful research will change her life, but also that research will keep other from being diagnosed with MS.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak is a member of the legislative alliance in Albany that aims to keep issues related to MS in the forefront.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak is a member of the legislative alliance in Albany that aims to keep issues related to MS in the forefront.

State Senator Mark Grisanti and State Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak, both members of the MS legislative alliance in Albany, spoke to the Walk MS crowd.

State Senator Mark Grisanti and State Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak, both members of the MS legislative alliance in Albany, spoke to the Walk MS crowd.

Before Walk MS stepped off we took a few minutes to give details and safety instructions.

Before Walk MS stepped off we took a few minutes to give details and safety instructions.

Many of the people who join Walk MS have multiple sclerosis or are walking on behalf of a relative, friend, or co-worker who does.  Some 3400 people in the Buffalo area have MS.

Many of the people who join Walk MS have multiple sclerosis or are walking on behalf of a relative, friend, or co-worker who does. Some 3400 people in the Buffalo area have MS.

I have been honored to be part of Walk MS for more than 25 years… with the support of WIVB-TV Ch. 4, a major Walk sponsor.

I have been honored to be part of Walk MS for more than 25 years… with the support of WIVB-TV Ch. 4, a major Walk sponsor.

As the clock hit 10 AM on Saturday, May 4, we were good to go.  Get ready, get set, walk!

As the clock hit 10 AM on Saturday, May 4, we were good to go. Get ready, get set, walk!

My former co-worker "Troubleshooter" Lee Coppola and his great family were among the walkers.  They represented Team Coolture. Coolture is a local company that makes a cooling vest designed for those who have difficulty tolerating heat -- a big problem for many people with MS.

My former co-worker “Troubleshooter” Lee Coppola and his great family were among the walkers. They represented Team Coolture. Coolture is a local company that makes a cooling vest designed for those who have difficulty tolerating heat — a big problem for many people with MS.

A great team called "Gracefully Here." They're supporting Christina Douglas from Niagara Falls, to my right, whom you may recognize because she appeared with me on billboards and in the Walk MS announcement which aired on Ch. 4.

A great team called “Gracefully Here.” They’re supporting Christina Douglas from Niagara Falls, to my right, whom you may recognize because she appeared with me on billboards and in the Walk MS announcement which aired on Ch. 4.

Rich Warden of Silver Creek was diagnosed with MS in 1995.  His family and friends formed 'Warden's Walkers" and they have been with us every year since 1996 among the highest team fundraisers.  They are dedicated to the mission of finding the causes of MS and, hopefully, a cure!

Rich Warden of Silver Creek was diagnosed with MS in 1995. His family and friends formed ‘Warden’s Walkers” and they have been with us every year since 1996 among the highest team fundraisers. They are dedicated to the mission of finding the causes of MS and, hopefully, a cure!

A big thank you to all the Walk MS volunteers like Mary and Rick.  We couldn't do it without them!

A big thank you to all the Walk MS volunteers like Mary and Rick. We couldn’t do it without them!

After Walk MS it's time to enjoy the sunny weather with hot dogs, music, and sunshine!

After Walk MS it’s time to enjoy the sunny weather with hot dogs, music, and sunshine!

Walk MS raises money for local patient programs and for research into new treatments and someday, a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Walk MS raises money for local patient programs and for research into new treatments and someday, a cure for multiple sclerosis.


More Uncertainty About May from CPC and ‘Yours Truly’

April 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

There is no real confidence any longer that early CPC outlooks for a milder than average spring will bear fruit in May. In the near term, although the CPC is giving us a somewhat positive anomaly for temperatures in the 6-14 Day Outlooks, it should be noted that the 3 indices will be trending in the wrong direction for significantly warm anomalies around here. The AO and NAO are both showing most of their ensemble members trending toward negative territory in May, while many PNA members trend upward. While these indices tend to have a little less impact climatologically as we move into mid-spring, this year that may not be so much the case. A major snow cover anomaly continues over much of the northern plains and nearby Canadian praries, assuring a colder pool of air. That, plus a large area of high soil moisture will also hold temperatures down. Whether these anomalies will still play a key role later in May is unknowable right now.

The MJO has become weaker, and its climatological impact also lessens as the month goes on. ENSO remains neutral, and is forecast by most models as likely to stay neutral through the autumn.

While these near term positive temperature anomalies are the first we’ve seen from CPC in probably a couple of weeks for us, the confidence level for both the 6-10 & 8-14 Day Outlooks is only 2 out of 5, and that may be tied partially to the indices’ trends I outlined above.

In any case, CPC has backed off from the weak warm anomaly it had for our region for May, and gone over to EC. And, since ensemble means are showing no rebuilding of an eastern ridge with any staying power in the next 14-16 days, I concur with that call.