The Lockport native grew up in North Tonawanda and, for as long as he can remember, has been fascinated with weather. Growing up in Western New York meant he saw his share of snow storms - and his passion for weather prompted him to pursue a career in meteorology. After graduating from North Tonawanda High School, he attended the University of Buffalo and went on to SUNY Oswego, where he studied Lake Effect Snow patterns and earned a BS in Meteorology.
In his spare time Aaron enjoys playing soccer and ice hockey, and is a First Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. Aaron and his wife Sharon are the proud parents of three young boys.
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During the blizzard I received this e-mail:
Why are you outside, we know it's COLD.
During the blizzard it was extremely cold, coldest I can remember. I don't mind at all though. I love being outside and I would never change how we do the weather. I felt like a little kid who just had school cancelled while I was out there forecasting the weather for you. I have always admired mother nature and the fury she can bring. I think Lake Effect Snow is the most amazing thing and I was thrilled to be standing in it. During the next blizzard you'll find me outside and that's exactly where I like to be.
November 7, 1913, the most devastating storm ever to impact the Great Lakes began. This storm produced hurricane force winds and is historically referred to as the "White Hurricane". 250 people were killed in this storm and a dozen ships sank. 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes, excluding Lake Ontario, saw a ship capsize with Lake Huron experiencing the most devastation.
Winds during the storm peaked at 90 mph with a peak gust in Buffalo of 80 mph. Waves topped out at over 35 feet. 100 years ago weather forecasting was not as accurate as it is now and a lot of the ships captains ignored the weather warnings that were posted.
This storm caused 5 million dollars of damage which is close to 120 million dollars today.
Of the 12 ships that sank in the storm 4 have still never been found.
To read more about this storm and to see some amazing pictures and animations go to this website:
My wife and I bought our house right after our wedding in October, 1999. This summer we decided to take the plunge and move to a new home.My wife and I bought our house right after our wedding in October, 1999. This summer we decided to take the plunge and move to a new home. We had our home for more than 13 years. I can't believe how fast that time went. I guess that's what happens when you have kids. We both loved the house but we bought it as newlyweds and now with 3 boys we needed a little more space. Our boys are now 12, 10 and 3 and they have never experienced a Bills playoff game, but that will be for a different blog!
We put the home up for sale and purchased a new one just in time for the new school year. Never would I imagine how much stuff a family of 5 could accumulate in 13 years. We didn't move far so I thought the move would be "easy". Boy was on wrong on that one. We were in the last house for 13 years and I'm hoping to be in this new one for at least that. No matter what happens during our next move I am hiring movers for everything.
It never bothered me though, I worked hard to get there and I knew coming in that the television industry does not have any pleasant shifts. I tell all my interns the weather doesn't take Christmas or Thanksgiving or your Birthday off, so be ready.
My first Intern was Autumn Lewandowski who interned with me about 10 years ago. She ended up getting a job at the same station I did when I started in the business. She worked her way back to Buffalo landing at Channel 2 and now we are glad to have her at 7. Following Autumn was Jessica McClaughlin who spent a few years in Iowa before coming back to Buffalo. Three other interns of mine are working in tv weather and I am so proud of all of them. One is in Kansas, the other in Montana, and the third is in Ohio. I have enjoyed mentoring people who also love weather like I do and I hope they all have long careers doing what they love.
My favorite title though, and the one I'm most proud of, is being a dad. 7 weeks ago we were blessed with another child. This brings my wife and I to a total of 3 boys! My grocery bill is growing exponentially and I know way too much about different types of Nintendo DS games but I wouldn't change a thing. This morning I broke out the baby carrier, like the one made famous in the "Hangover". My new son and I got a lot done around the house, at least in our eyes we got a lot done. We ran the vacuum and took a nap and all that excitement made my first blog.
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