BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Weather balloons are launched to give a vertical profile of the atmosphere, and that data is used to run the computer models that help meteorologists create their forecasts.
Extra launches - 586 of them - are taking place across the country to help get a better understanding of what Hurricane Sandy will do.
"As far as whether or not we can get a better forecast from it, we are going to have to take time to see what it will look like with the data and without the data, but it is sufficient to say that every extra bit of data can only help," Dave Zaff of the Buffalo National Weather Service explained.
Most of this year has been significantly dry, with our yearly rainfall deficit just under seven inches. However, since September 1, western New York has seen 1.5 inches above average. This storm could easily be a drought buster for the region. And despite the dry year, flooding is the greatest concern.
Three inches of rain over the course of the storm is something western New York waterways could handle. But if rain falls in the five- to six-inch range, as it is forecasted to, that could cause some problems.
"Some of the rivers that could be a problem would be the local creeks around the Buffalo metro area. Cayuga Creek, Buffalo River, Ellicott Creek, and Cattaraugus Creek and there could be some concerns off to the east as well. Any of those problems could be a significant issue as the storm continues to evolve Tuesday into Wednesday," Zaff said.
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