Aaron Mentkowski

Aaron Mentkowski is the CBM-certified meteorologist for "Eyewitness News" @ 5, 5:30, 6 & 11pm. Aaron joined the Eyewitness News team as a meteorologist in March, 2000. He is the first - and only - broadcast meteorologist in Buffalo, and the 35th in the country, to earn a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. The CBM designation is a mark of distinction and recognition.

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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It's been a cold and windy stretch across Western New York. We've had wind-chill advisories with wind-chill reading 20 below zero at times. It's been cold, but during the Blizzard Of 77 the peak wind gust was 69mph and the wind chill was 60 degrees below zero,. That got me thinking, what is the strongest wind ever recorded at the Buffalo Airport. I checked in with the folks at the National Weather Service and here are the all-time numbers. Speed/Direction/Date: 82 MPH SW FEB 16, 1967 81 MPH W AUG 24, 1972 79 MPH S JUN 7, 1980 75 MPH W DEC 28, 2008 74 MPH W APR 6, 1985 73 MPH SW NOV 12, 1992 72 MPH W MAR 10, 1986 72 MPH SW APR 30, 1984 71 MPH W AUG 15, 1965 71 MPH SW JAN 1, 1985 70 MPH SW JAN 26, 1965

It's been a cold and windy stretch across Western New York. We've had wind-chill advisories with wind-chill reading 20 below zero at times. It's been cold, but during the Blizzard Of 77 the peak wind gust was 69mph and the wind chill was 60 degrees below zero,.
That got me thinking, what is the strongest wind ever recorded at the Buffalo Airport.
I checked in with the folks at the National Weather Service and here are the all-time numbers.
Speed/Direction/Date:
82 MPH SW FEB 16, 1967

81 MPH W AUG 24, 1972

79 MPH S JUN 7, 1980

75 MPH W DEC 28, 2008

74 MPH W APR 6, 1985

73 MPH SW NOV 12, 1992

72 MPH W MAR 10, 1986

72 MPH SW APR 30, 1984

71 MPH W AUG 15, 1965

71 MPH SW JAN 1, 1985

70 MPH SW JAN 26, 1965
I am very blessed to be the father of three wonderful sons. My favorite title in the world is being called dad. I am called many things, meteorologist, professor, coach, but being called dad is the best. In life there are events which you remember that will stay with you forever. One of the best moments of my life was when I first saw the sonogram of our son. I was so nervous to find out if we'd be expecting a boy or a girl. The big moment came and I'll never forget seeing his little fingers and toes on the screen. It was unbelievable the emotions that swept over me when I first met saw my son on that monitor. Several months and an emergency C-section later I held him for the first time. My first son, second son and third son all bring me such joy. I have the pleasure of coaching my sons soccer team, and my other sons hockey team. On this Father's Day I am going to do what I enjoy most, hang out with my three sons. We have a hockey game in the morning followed by two soccer games, maybe a stop for ice cream and I wouldn't have it any other way!

NTHS!

I was invited to speak to the Earth Science students at North Tonawanda High School. It was great being back at NTHS, the same school I graduated from way back in 1992.
The school looks so different to me now after almost twenty years. They've added an entire science wing to the school.
I was placed in a classroom with about fifty students. The students were great, very polite and had some fantastic questions.
They are covering the weather unit right now so I was able to share some meteorology knowledge with them. I always tell students, as they get ready for college, to go to school for something they love to do. You will most likely be working for the next 40 years so you should enjoy what you do. I'm so I glad I followed my passion for meteorology. I enjoy my job a lot and I hope they will enjoy the field they choose as well.
Now with technology the way it is they can research so many topics from the palm of their hands. I explained to them when I went to school we did not have e-mail, cell phones, wii, or a fast internet connection. Things change and can change quickly so they'll need to adapt.
I had a great time back in high school this morning!
It's over!!!!! I finally finished the 30 day workout program that I've been on. It feels great to finally cross the finish line and put this behind me. Looking back I really enjoyed most of the workouts. There were days I dreaded hitting play on the DVD player but I'm glad I did. In the end I lost more than 10 pounds and a couple of inches around the waist. I joke with my wife now that I'm back down to my "wedding" weight.
On day 1, day 15 and day 30 you take a fitness test to check your progress.
Here are my final results:
Day 1 Day 15 Day 30
Agility Heisman 7 9.5 9.5
In & Out Ab Progression 19 38 41
Pull-ups 7 9 12
Mountain Climbers 53 63 69
Agility Shoulder Taps 3.5 4.5 5.25
X Jumps 20 25 27
Moving Push-Ups 2.5 3 3
Agility Lateral Shuffle 12 14 15
Agility Bear Crawl 6 8.5 8

I improved in most of the events and gave 100%. If you're looking for a workout you can do in the comfort of your own I highly recommend this. Now for my next adventure!
This cold spring has delayed the opening of the ice boom. The International Joint Commission's International Niagara Board of Control has determined that opening of the ice boom is likely to be delayed beyond April 1.
Aerial observations show that the eastern basin of Lake Erie is still 27 percent ice covered. That is an area of about 530 square miles.
The governing operation of the ice boom requires that all floating sections of the boom be opened by April 1st unless there is more than 250 square miles of ice on eastern Lake Erie.
Last year the boom opening began on March 22, the earliest opening was on March 5, 1998 and the latest was May 3, 1971. The normal "ice out" date is April 17.
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