NYSDEC reminds of two-month outdoor burn ban in effect through May 14

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding residents that a statewide ban on outdoor burning, with a few exceptions, is in effect through Tuesday, May 14. The action is taken every spring due to higher winds, combined with dry materials, making outdoor combustion more likely. The department notes that open burning … Read more

Air quality alert at reduced levels in effect until midnight Tuesday, storms possible

Allegany County north, east and south remains under an Air Quality Alert of Unhealthy for Sensitive Individuals through midnight today, a reduction from the unheatlhy for all rating Monday which has been caused by particles blowing in from the west from Central and Western Canadian wildfires. The air will become better during the day as … Read more

Unhealthy for all air quality alert for Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania issued for Monday

Point on arrow designates the Allegany County seat at Belmont in this air quality map for Monday. BREAKING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has confirmed our report from last night that Allegany County and, now, Upstate New York, will be in the Unhealthy air quality range tomorrow as a result of … Read more

Canadian smoke returning to Western New York tomorrow but may not reach alert stage

The National Weather Service (NWS) at State College,Pa., has provided this timeline video of what Canadian wildfire smoke may look like tomorrow and Monday in Allegany County and the surrounding region. It says the sky will be a milky white hue, air quality may be impacted “but smoke won’t be quite as thick as it … Read more

Heavy rain and flash flooding potentials in the forecast for today and Monday

“Torrential” downpours are possible today in the region, with a Slight Risk that excessive rain will produce flash flooding this afternoon and evening, with “heavy rain” possible Monday and a lower Marginal Risk for similar flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo also is projecting isolated thunderstorms for July 4th in Allegany County before … Read more

Saturday events in Houghton and Angelica kick off July 4th extended holiday

A Seneca Lands educational day at Houghton and a Lavender Festival in Angelica tomorrow will herald the start to a four-day 4th of July celebration for many, with an abatement in air quality alerts for particles from the Canadian wildfires also being welcome relief despite higher-than-normal ozone readings. Those seeking to participate in outdoor activities … Read more

Unhealthy air quality continues today, showers and thunderstorms possible through July 4th

BREAKING: The air quality index already is in the lower Unhealthy range today for central Allegany County with an alert issued through midnight, temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid-80s today and reach to the 80s range through July 4th, and showers and thunderstorms, some of them Saturday afternoon and evening having potential for … Read more

Areas of fog this morning with another Unhealthy air quality day forecast

Areas of fog, creating visibility of less than a half mile, may be encountered in various parts of Allegany County this morning, as another UNHEALTHY Red Alert Day is forecast for most of Upstate New York and all of Pennsylvania. The fog is expected to burn off by 9AM, according to the National Weather Service … Read more

Allegany County in Unhealthy air quality range

Central Allegany County has been in the Unhealthy range for air quality since early this morning, a level above that forecast yesterday by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, although it is moderating to the minimum level of the designation at noontime. Accompanying graphics from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative … Read more