In an article called (yes) “Buffalo Oasis,” published on August 26, the New York Times said the following:

The weather has been inhospitable in parts of the nation this summer. In July, the interior West sizzled under a spell of extreme heat, with Montana, Idaho and Wyoming recording their hottest Julys on record. This month, the stifling heat has shifted to the South and Ohio Valley. Memphis, Birmingham and Cincinnati have had more days with temperatures of 100 degrees and higher than any other August.
Torrential rain has poured on the Midwest and southern Plains this summer. Corpus Christi, Texas had its wettest July, while Madison, Wis. has had its wettest August and month on record. In contrast, it’s been a blissful summer on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo. May and June brought record amounts of sunshine to the city, while the average high since May has been a pleasant 77 degrees.

Having bragged thus far, I do admit we could have used more rain. But still. We get so much (mostly inaccurate) razzing about our weather, I couldn’t resist. Of course, now I’ll probably be struck by lightning.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I was in Buffalo mid-July to the end of the month, and it was glorious. We had rain once or twice, out by the lake where we mostly stayed. My friend kept apologizing. It was really wonderful. Then I came back home to Tennessee, 90s and severe drought. Even though I hate those Buffalo winters (and yes, October blizzards, which I’ve driven through many times), I’ve always said there’s no better place to be in the summer. And the Elmwood Village area (co-op, yoga studio, Bidwell Farmer’s Market, etc.) was also delicious this year. Take the rewards where they come. I’ll be laughing at you in the wintertime, but summer is a blessed time in Buffalo!

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