For much of the year, Buffalo is blessed with a benign and hospitable climate. May is typically the most beautiful and comfortable of the spring months -- a mix of sunny weather and beautiful blossoms.
Our summers traditionally arrive in mid-June and are usually mild and pleasant with breezes from nearby Lake Erie keeping temperatures moderate and humidity low. This "Oasis Effect" makes Western New York's summer weather among the most spectacular in North America, as sunshine is plentiful and the average daytime temperature in July is a comfortable 80 degrees. In fact, temperatures in the 90s are rare. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has never recorded a reading above 100 degrees. Overall Buffalo experiences drier summers than most cities in the Northeast.
Autumn is breathtaking in Western New York. The pleasant temperatures, sunny days, and autumn colors stretch well into late October making this a favorite season for many.
The severity of Buffalo's winter weather is greatly exaggerated by the national media. While most large-scale winter storm systems usually pass by Buffalo, the region does experience "Lake Effect" snows. These snows generally occur just south of the city, a region locals refer to as "ski country". Outdoor activities are plentiful - ranging from downhill skiing to ice fishing, sledding and tobogganing -- as day time temperatures often hover at or above freezing and there is usually snow to enjoy.
While the Weather Channel likes to make much of the occasional lake effect snow in this part of the country, we are fortunate to be free of much of the severe weather that routinely besets other regions.