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Spring Snow! We Want Your Photos!

Spring Snow! We Want Your Photos!

Citizen Photojournalist Larry Lowell set off to capture the first snowfall of the spring season here in Western New York.  Photos were captured near the 18 mile creek near Lakeview Road in Hamburg, NY.

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The Buffalo "Tsunami" of 1844

The Buffalo "Tsunami" of 1844

  This flood occurred October 18, 1844.  It was the most disastrous that has ever occurred since the city was founded. It came without warning, an avalanche of waters upon a sleeping community, many of whom were drowned and many of whom had narrow escapes from a similar fate.  For several days before the occurrence of the flood a strong north- east wind had been driving the water up the lake, but on the evening of the 18th a sudden shift of the wind took place, and it blew from the opposite direction with a tremendous force, never before or since known to the inhabitants of Buffalo. It brought with it immense volumes of water in a tremendous wave, which overflowed the lower districts of the city and vicinity, demolishing scores of buildings, and spreading ruin along the harbor front, playing havoc with shipping, and causing an awful destruction of human life. 

Coast Guard Cautions Great Lakes Citizens & Visitors of Dangers of Weakening Ice

Coast Guard Cautions Great Lakes Citizens & Visitors of Dangers of Weakening Ice

CLEVELAND, OH - The U.S. Coast Guard is cautioning those who choose to recreate on ice-covered waterways in the Great Lakes region that warmer weather expected this week and coming weekend may accelerate melting of ice fields, resulting in dangerous conditions.

Prior to going on or near any ice-covered waterways, people should check local weather forecasts and the National Weather Service's Marine Forecasts: http://www.weather.gov/om/marine/home.htm

The Coast Guard and other U.S.

Checking Lake Erie Ice Depth for Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament

Checking Lake Erie Ice Depth for Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Earlier today, City of Buffalo officials performed an official ice check to determine Lake Erie's ice thickness in preparation for the 4th Annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament, slated for Feb. 11-13, 2011 at Erie Basin Marina.

After measuring various parts of the ice, city crews determined there is anywhere from nine to 10 inches of solid ice. Tournament organizers would like 10-12 inches for the tournament, so things are shaping up well for the upcoming games.

For updates and more information, come back to this site and be sure to visit the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Facebook page.

NYPA Begins Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Installation

NYPA Begins Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Installation

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced preparations for installation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom began Nov. 29, with installation expected to be completed the week of Dec. 13.  This marks the first time the ice boom is being installed from its new warm-weather storage location accessed at 100 Katherine St.—a 10.3 acre parcel on the Buffalo River in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. 

“With the installation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom this year, we see the benefits of several years of hard work by the community and the Power Authority to find the right alternative storage location,” said Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “The former site is now valuable property for waterfront development, and the new area has the space and water access needed without any compromise for proper operations.” 

BOPC Announces "Olmsted Nights Winter Lights" and "FLURRIOUS!"

The official announcement went out for Olmsted Nights Winter Lights the first energy efficient theatrical lighting show in Western New York. Taking place in the historic Delaware Park along Parkside Ave. including the Parkside Lodge this event will use over 50,000 LED, solar, and other energy efficient lights in a theatrical lighting display. Today's press conference took place inside the Parkside Lodge to provide a media preview which included the ceremonial relighting of the fireplace for the first time in 50 years. The lodge was also decked out in holiday decorations similar to how it will look during Olmsted Nights Winter Lights. Live music was performed by O'Connell & Company Productions and Eden Carriage Company gave a preview of the carriage rides that will be available to enhance the experience.