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Don Paul: Midsummer heat, humidity and scattered storms return

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Derek Ljiljanich of Lewiston heads out into Cayuga Creek on a jet ski from the Niagara Falls Boat Docks on his way out to the Niagara River, Friday, June 25, 2021.

We had a seasonably toasty July 4, with a Buffalo high of 84 degrees and comfortable dew points. Now, nature is going to add more humidity to the mix along with the presence of a nearby frontal boundary, to likely trigger scattered convection by Tuesday morning.

While parts of Western New York received some genuinely helpful rainfall from more numerous showers and thunderstorms Friday, much of the region is still in need of additional rain. It is the heart of the growing season, and soil moisture is still coming up somewhat short.

Buffalo itself is one of the driest locations, running 6.84 inches below the average of 19.23 inches for the year as of July 4. No part of our region is in true drought, but a large majority of the area is classified as abnormally dry.

Streamflow volume in most counties has, however, improved since mid-June, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.

A disturbance drawing closer to Western New York by Tuesday’s predawn hours is not modeled to produce much areal........

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