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National Weather Service meteorologists are dedicated to improving forecast techniques and providing a better, more accurate product to the public.  The meteorologists not only work as operational forecasters, they are involved in on-station research projects as well.  As you can see from the references below, they cover a wide range of topics.  This is only a sampling of the ongoing R&D at Buffalo. Please feel free to browse through our research page! 


The Use of High Resolution Hourly Forecast Soundings for the Prediction of Lake Effect Snow  by Thomas Niziol and Edward Mahoney, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.  Presented at the The 13th International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, 2-7 February 1997, Long Beach, California.

BUFKIT: A Software Application Toolkit for Predicting Lake Effect Snow
by Edward Mahoney and Thomas Niziol, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.  Presented at the The 13th International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, 2-7 February 1997, Long Beach, California.

Contamination of WSR-88D VAD Winds Due to Bird Migration: A Case Study by Thomas Niziol, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.   Presented at the 6th Annual Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Toronto, Ontario,  17-19 September, 1997.

WSR-88D Analysis of the June 2nd 1998 Severe Weather Outbreak in Western New York
by Thomas Niziol, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.   Presented at the 8th Annual Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI . 18-20 August, 1998.

A Climatology of Non-Convective High Wind Events in Western New York State by Thomas Niziol and Thomas Paone, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.  NOAA Technical Memorandum - NWS ER-91. 

An Analysis of Satellite-derived Great Lakes Surface Temperatures in Regards to Model Simulations of Lake Effect Snow by Thomas A. Niziol, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY.  Presented at the AMS 10th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Portland, OR, June 2003.

A Brief Analysis of River Flooding Along Major Basins in the Albany and Buffalo , NY WFO County Warning Areas by Jessica Najuch, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY., January, 2004

EL Niño's Influence on Western New York's Winter Weather by Robert Hamilton, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY., October 2004

A Sensitivity Study on the NOAA/GLERL Wind Wave Model used in the Graphical Forecast Editor by David Zaff and Keith Jaszka, NOAA/National Weather Service, Buffalo, NY., November 2008. Abstract and Powerpoint Presentation

Other ongoing research initiatives at NWS Buffalo, NY

Realtime Mesoscale Models Run at NWS Buffalo

Historical and Realtime Lake Erie Water Temperatures

Western New York Snow Spotter Network

Lake Effect Snow Archives Page

BUFKIT - An Operational Forecast Tool Developed at NWS Buffalo


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