Max Schulte / WXXI News

The sights and sounds of Rochester's first snowfall on Thursday as rain turned into snow in a matter of hours.

Winter officially begins with the winter solstice on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Heat wave begins – and it’s sticking around a while

Jun 29, 2018

As the thermometer surged into the high 80s on Friday, Rochester libraries were getting ready.

“We have these big, big fans we set up in the entryway,” said Jason Gogniat, who supervises the Lincoln branch.

“The library is one of the last places where you can come in, cool off, and stay as long as you want without being asked to buy anything,” Gogniat said. “We’re open to everyone.”

WATCH: The weather outside is...

Mar 14, 2017
Juan Vazquez / WXXI

Go ahead and call it whatever you like, but the Rochester region is getting socked with another major storm system, this one expected to leave the region with more than a foot of snow. Here's a view of the storm from around town courtesy of WXXI videographer Martin Kaufman.

On Wednesday, a fierce wind storm caused by a unique weather combination shook the Rochester area. Hurricane-force winds caused the highest total number of power outages in the area since 2003. Many homes were damaged; some, destroyed.

We discuss this once-in-a-decade type storm event, and take your calls and questions about what happened and why. Our guests:

  • Scott Hetsko, 13WHAM meteorologist
  • James Gilbert, WROC meteorologist
  • Rick Herman, executive vice president of the Rochester Homebuilders' Association
  • Marisol Ramos-Lopez, commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services for the City of Rochester

Travel Advisory for Ontario County

Feb 20, 2015

A travel advisory has been issues for all of Ontario County until further notice. Blowing and drifting snow are causing roads to be snow covered and some are impassable, according to the Ontario County Sherrifs Department. 

Texas Tech University

After snow buried Buffalo in November, Governor Cuomo said the development of a state-wide weather detection system will lead to better forecasting.

The statewide network of weather monitoring stations is called the mesonet.

Typically, each station’s a thirty-three-foot high tower in the middle of a clearing, equipped with all kinds of weather instruments like temperature gauges and wind vanes. 

Is there a proven relationship between climate change and severe weather? Climate scientist Adam Sobel's new book explores this question. It's called Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and the Extreme Weather of the Past and Future. It's a timely conversation, considering that California could get six inches of rain in a day, the worst weather in six years for the state. And it follows a prolonged drought, all while New York state has dealt with a wet year (on the heels of an extreme winter last year). He'll answer questions about what science tells us, what to expect, and he'll answer listener questions.

Phillip Osieja

At least one motorist stranded on the New York State Thruway south of Buffalo in Tuesday’s snow storm has a positive attitude.

"I gotta say, it's the best way to learn patience that I could have ever dreamed up," said David Carr.

Carr was traveling from his home near Washington, D.C. to Toronto when he got stuck in the blowing and drifting snow.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, between 5 and 9 inches of rain fell in Penn Yan, causing flood damage to homes and businesses. The damage is described as worse than the damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. 

Area emergency rooms and paramedics are getting a little busier with calls related to the hot, muggy weather this week.

At Rochester General Hospital, Dr. Bryan Gargano, who is medical director at the E-R, says the first big heat wave of the season often causes problems, partly because people spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures.

He says RGH has already seen an increase in the number of people coming to the emergency room in recent days, especially people who do a lot of work outdoors such as roofers and road construction crews.