A Lengthy Round of Lake Effect, and “almost” Bitter Cold

December 13th, 2010 at 1:40 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

A very cold NW flow will persist into midweek, bringing gradually increasing snow accumulations. Some Blowing & Drifting will make for occasionally tough travel across much of WNY. Heaviest amounts will be in Chautauqua & Cattaraugus cos, where more than 2 feet could pile up by Wednesday, but Niagara, Orleans and sometimes northern Erie & Genesee cos won’t be slouches either. Some locales north and NE of the metro area could see in excess of  a foot, with the least snow in the City–but even there, streets will be slick and often snow-covered. There will be enough wind for Blowing & Drifting, with somewhat gustier winds north of the metro area and in the srn tier. In this harsh cold, the snow will be powdery, and blow around easily. As of this posting, the Lake Huron connection is focused on far NE Ohio, rather than WNY. When the winds back a little to become more WNWly than they are now, that additional moisture source will add to the snow in the srn tier. The wind chill will average 0 to -10 on Monday and Tue, with a little moderation later in the week (though it will still be cold).

With temperatures running somewhat below average even when the “moderation” gets here,  the odds for at least a “stale White” Christmas seem a little better than climatology. By that, I mean we should be able to keep much of what we’re getting Mon-Wed. There are no immediate signs of any big snowstorms following this lake effect between now and the holiday. Of course, our ability to predict precipitation that far out in time is unimpressive.


Olmsted Nights Winter Lights

December 10th, 2010 at 9:58 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The fun begins at Delaware Park. It’s called the “Olmsted Nights Winter Lights.” A theatrical light show going on now through Christmas and beyond.

For more information, follow this link.


Boston Fire Public Info Sessions

December 9th, 2010 at 9:42 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The town of Boston wants to pay volunteer fire companies less, and the fire companies say that the Town Board has canceled their contracts effective December 31, 2010.

A public information session will take place at the Boston Fire Hall on Monday, December 13th at 7 p.m. at 6746 Mill Street. On Wednesday, December 15th, there will be a public hearing at the Boston Town Hall at 7:45 p.m. on Boston State Road.

For more information, view the letter sent to Boston residents from the three fire companies.


Rolaids Recall Information

December 9th, 2010 at 8:37 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

For more information about the recall of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews, and Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews, follow this link.


Questions for Rosa’s

December 9th, 2010 at 6:04 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

After growing specualtion, Rosa’s has issued a statement regarding their filing of chapter 11 bankruptcy.

You can read the statement here: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/erie/Rosas-releases-statement-on-chapter-11

Rosa’s customer service department can be reached at 656-5383.


NY Quitline

December 9th, 2010 at 4:59 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

www.NYsmokefree.com

1-866-NY-QUITS


World Junior Championship Tickets

December 8th, 2010 at 11:00 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Tickets go on sale this weekend for what’s described as the ‘Super Bowl of’ junior hockey right here in Buffalo and western New York.

The World Junior Hockey Championship is considered the most competitive international ice hockey tournament next to the Olympics.

To buy tickets, follow this link.


After the Lake Snow Wanes, a Storm to Watch for Sunday

December 7th, 2010 at 9:53 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Lake effect snow will be slow to fade midweek, but it will as drier air arrives. By Friday, a Gusty Wind will take the edge off some moderating temperatures (producing a wind chill),  as a weak storm system passes to our north and delivers some light snow, with little potential for much in the way of accumulation.  A More Important Storm will be pulling out of the plains by Sunday and deepen dramatically by Monday. Great Uncertainty remains with the path of this storm, as that path will determine whether we get snow, mixed frozen precip, rain, or all 3. In any case, after the storm passes, we’ll be in its strong, wraparound circulation by Monday. Confidence is higher that we’ll have Snow Shwrs, Blowing Snow, and a Bitter Wind Chill on Monday into Tuesday.

As of this posting (Tuesday night), the odds for Sunday seem to favor more of a mixed bag of precipitation, possibly beginning as all snow.


Protect yourself from fraud

December 6th, 2010 at 4:54 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Federal investigators are cracking down on ponzi schemes and other fraud cases.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says a nationwide investment scam effort called “Operation Broken Trust” just in the past few months has resulted in federal criminal complaints against people like investment advisor Tim Geidel, who’s accused of defrauding over 50 local investors. Or Michael and William Wilson, who bought these two homes on Boston State Road with some of the $8 million they collected from unknowing investors. The message from the Feds is, if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

Targets of fraud:
1. People with available saved assets (retirement accounts/CD’s).
2. Some scams start with $3,000 or less.
3. People with good credit.
4. People who can invest long term and are unlikely to ask for their money back right away.
5. Frequently but not exclusively senior citizens.

7 tips to avoid becoming a victim:
1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Ask common sense questions including:
*How can this advisor get a better return than others?
*How can this investment be “risk free” if in general, big potential returns carry big risk?
*Will you put promises in writing?
3. Don’t be pressured or rushed.
4. Don’t rely solely on a reference, do your own homework.
5. Don’t rely solely on advertisements, e-mails or glitzy ads.
6. Check with the Better Business Bureau and state and federal licensing agencies.
7. Access the StopFraud.gov website.

For the government’s list of tips for unsure investors, follow this link.


Health-e-Link

December 6th, 2010 at 4:04 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The New York State Department of Health is awarding a $10 million grant to “Health-e-Link.” The non-profit organization helps to efficiently share medical information among doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies.

“Health-e-Link” says quicker access to medical information will translate into better patient treatment. Several western New York hospitals and organizations are members of the program.

To learn if your hospital or health care provider is a member, follow this link.