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Fire Weather Concerns in California; Air Quality Issues For West Coast States; Pattern Change Likely This Week

Elevated fire concerns persist in southern California today, while air quality and stagnation issues from smoke and pollutants will last over the next few days from California into the Pacific Northwest. However by the middle of the week, the weather pattern changes across the West as a series of moist Pacific systems will produce heavy to excessive rain and mountain snow for the region. Read More >


The NWS designed StormReady to help communities better prepare for and mitigate effects of extreme weather-related events.
StormReady also helps establish a commitment to creating an infrastructure and systems that will save lives and protect property.

Some of the basic requirements for a community/county to be considered StormReady:
1. Establish a 24 hour warning point to receive NWS information and provide local reports
2. Warning points and Emergency Operations Centers need multiple ways to receive NWS warnings
3. The warning point or EOC must be able to monitor weather information, especially radar data
4. Once NWS warnings are received, the warning point or EOC must be able to disseminate the information to their population
5. Conduct community preparedness weather-safety talks, accomplish weather-related safety campaigns, and host a spotter training session

StormReady Communities in the Buffalo CWA


  First Recognition Renewed Date Expiration Date
Monroe County 03/02/2001 03/02/2012 03/02/2015
Oswego County 06/17/2004 06/17/2013 06/17/2016
Town of Cheektowaga 06/25/2007 06/25/2013 06/25/2016
Town of Amherst 06/25/2008 06/25/2014 06/25/2017
Wayne County 05/08/2009 05/08/2012 05/08/2015
Cayuga County 06/01/2009 06/01/2012 06/01/2015
Erie County 07/13/2010 07/13/2013 07/13/2016
Fort Drum 05/19/2014   05/19/2017
Jefferson County 05/19/2014   05/19/2017

StormReady Supporters in the Buffalo CWA

  First Recognition Renewed Date Expiration Date
Buffalo Bills 12/23/2008 12/23/2011 12/23/2014

More information about StormReady can be found at