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Friday, May 4, 2018

We Watched, We Waited,
We Wondered: What happened
to Thursday's All-Day Rain,T-Shower

What happened to all that rain? We believe the answer lies in the Red Flag Fire Warning from the National Weather Bureau that ended at 8 pm yesterday evening. It is somewhat unusual for Western New York to be under a Red Flag Fire Warning as we were yesterday. That means that all aspects of the air and ground conditions were about as dry as they could get--partially the results of a number of unusually warm days mixed with a steady wind.

Although the rain was kept firmly on the radar as it passed over the cold water of Lake Erie, something rather amazing happened as those same rain clouds were drained, by way of evaporation, as they floated into extremely dry air conditions over Erie County and Western Wyoming County. There was a very limited amount of moisture that did fall in Eastern Wyoming County, but most of that also evaporated in the dry air or upon hitting the very dry surfaces which had been pointed out to us in the Red Flag Warning of the night before.

Forecasters who hypothesized about the dryness easing or eliminating the rain, were seemingly among the most accurate on this one.

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