Aaron Mentkowski's Blog
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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Over the next 30 days I will blog about my 30 day Insanity Workout.Next month I'll be 37 years old and I wanted to be in better shape in time for my next birthday. I've watched the infomercial for the Insanity workout program and decided to buy the Insanity: Asylum 30 Day Program. I'm going to blog about the journey over the next month, so here it goes...
Day 1 was the athletic performance assessment, it lasts about 25 minutes and it was tough. You do the assessment every 2 weeks to see how you progress so here's hoping for some improvements.
Day 2 was speed and agility, it lasts about 45 minutes and it's non-stop moving. You begin with 3 minutes of jump roping and you don't stop. I was sweaty for about an hour once the workout ended, my wife joked that I may never stop sweating and I was worried she may be right!
Day 3 was supposed to by the strength DVD but I played the Vertical Plyo one instead. This one was a lot of jumping and I think my knee is going feel this one tomorrow.
My favorite sporting event of the year has finally begun and the Sabres are a big part of it. That's right, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are back and the Buffalo Sabres are playing the Flyers in what should be a very exciting and physical series.
The time of year when many of us throw away our razors and show our team support by growing playoff beards. I'm glad the bosses here have embraced the idea since it would be tough to forecast weather on tv and not actually show your face.
It's a great time to be in Western New York. Now is the time to enjoy the spring sunshine, notice the grass is getting much greener, the perennials are sprouting, and so are the playoff beards!
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.
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 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, 1965It'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.
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