Behind the Scenes at the National Weather Service

July 26, 2010 Updated Jul 26, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 26, 2010 Updated Jul 26, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) -- There's usually three meteorologists on-duty at the Buffalo Office of the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, there were six. Plus support staff was on-hand to help pinpoint three tornadoes and warn residents.

The weather service has issued nine tornado warnings for the 16 counties it covers in Western and Central New York.

The area averages about two tornadoes a year, but this year there's been four confirmed twisters.

"We're seeing a lot more because of the Doppler radar. We're putting out more tornado warnings because we've got much more to go on," said meteorologist Dave Sage.

Sage, who has been forecasting the weather for 40 years, said he can't remember a day when three twisters touched down within hours of each other.