Today in Buffalo, United States
Cloudy with light rain developing after midnight. Low around 40F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Overcast with rain showers at times. High 48F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
This weather data was last updated 2020-10-26 02:52:48.
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The city of Buffalo is located in upstate New York close to the border with Canada. It has a reputation for having some of the worst winters in the United States. That reputation is well founded as you are able to observe a lot of snow accumulation and temperatures which remain below freezing for most of the winter. The city is well prepared for the Buffalo weather in the winter. As you will see the State University of New York at Buffalo has tunnels for students to walk from one class to the other.
The summers in Buffalo, on the other hand, are mild and rather pleasant. They are the best time to visit the city. The Buffalo weather can be qualified as continental type climate and in some cases even with the mild summers it can be fairly humid. The summers are so mild that the record temperature is not even 100 Fahrenheit.
In the state of New York, there is no single city that will get more snow than Buffalo. In Buffalo weather the snowiest month is December with an average accumulation of 27.3 inches followed closely by January when the accumulation average is 25.8 inches. The reason that Buffalo weather sees so much snow is the lake effect. The lake effect in the area is localized and it happens when cold air formed from the north crosses the warm waters from the lakes. Snow has been seen as early as October and as late as May, giving only four months in the year that have not seen snow.
The month of December is the month which sees the least amount of sunshine. Some of the worst winter snow storms that Buffalo has seen include the blizzard of 1977 and the October 2006 storms; both caused significant damage to infrastructure and paralyzed the city which is always ready for snow.
Summer In Buffalo
The Buffalo weather summers are indeed some of the best in the northeastern United States with the exception that it does see a lot of rain. The air in Buffalo is usually dry and there are a lot of sunshine hours. You can say that the summers are the total opposite of the winter in Buffalo. The National Weather Service, in its history, has never shown a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the city of Buffalo. Rain in the summer is frequent but it usually happens at night.
The lake effect in Buffalo weather coming from Lake Eerie does cause thunderstorms, but the thunderstorms pass by quick and the entire area becomes sunny after just a few minutes. The hottest month of the year in Buffalo is usually July with a total average high of 80.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
When a season arrives in Buffalo weather, the temperatures usually remain constant. There are not many huge drops in temperature when the sun goes down. The spring is the exception to the rule when a day can be in the high 80s and drop to the 60s by midnight. Other temperature changes can happen suddenly when a cold or a warm front makes its way from the west. As a common rule, when the temperatures are high during the day, they will also be high at night.
The breeze that is felt in the city is what may cool the weather and it does come from the Great Lakes. The good news about Buffalo weather is that even when the cold weather is really cool, you still know how to prepare for it because of the lack of changes in the temperature.
Buffalo weather can be very predictable. Before you are even thinking about the winter, you know you will get a lot of snow and that it will be cold. You can also say that the summer will be mild and rather tolerable. But there are some times when Buffalo weather has made the averages look confusing. You would think that a city that does get some humidity would, at least in some cases, go over 100 and that is not the case of Buffalo, which has a record high of 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
As far as the lows go, the lowest recorded temperature in Buffalo weather has been minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. As far as precipitation goes, Buffalo gets around 1,007 millimeters per year and mean monthly sunshine hours stand at 2,188.5. The average high for the entire year in Buffalo is 56.62 Fahrenheit and the average low is only 40.38.