Two weeks ago in mid September I had a fabulous time photographing Shelley and Dennis’ wedding in Ellicottville. When Shelley and Dennis and I first sat down to talk about their ceremony we talked about being outdoors, doing the photos outdoors, saying their vows outdoors, doing formal photos of the family outdoors. We were all so excited about having a natural look to the ceremony including a custom hand carved trellis, guests spread out on benches spread under a canopy of old oak and maple trees for the ceremony, a custom bike for a ride after Shelley and Dennis say their vows. In addition it was a FULL MOON! Understand were coming off the most amazing summer. Buffalo broke records for temperatures, lack of rain, number of sunny days check these stats out from the Buffalo News
- The average monthly temperature for August finished at 75.6 degrees – nearly a half-degree warmer than the previous record set in 1947.
- August almost became the city’s warmest month ever, but July 1921 remains the warmest with its average temperature of 76.2 degrees. This past August finished in third place behind July 1955 (76 degrees).
- August had more days of at least 80 degrees than any other August in Buffalo – 28.
- For many, overnight sleeping seemed more uncomfortable than usual for a reason. The average daily minimum temperature, usually recorded overnight, was just 66.6 degrees.
- That’s also the warmest August for average daily low temperatures since official record-keeping started at the airport in 1943.
- The 76-degree low temperature on Aug. 13 set a record for the warmest minimum temperature for the date, breaking a mark of 75 degrees set 98 years ago.
- Every day in August, except for Aug. 22, recorded above-average temperatures.
- For the first time in records at the airport, the thermometer hit 80 degrees for each of the first 20 days of August. The streak of temperatures in the 80s fell short of the all-time record of 32 days, but it was the sixth-longest in Buffalo.
- There were four 90-degree days in August, matching the city’s average for a whole year.
- Lake Erie’s temperature at the Buffalo water intake, 79 degrees on Aug. 13 and 14, marked the warmest readings there in five years.
- August became the first month since February to receive a higher amount of precipitation than average.
- As of 7 p.m., 4.17 inches had fallen at the airport in August. The average monthly rainfall is 3.26 inches. More than one-third of the monthly rainfall fell on a single record-breaking day – 1.54 inches of rain on Aug. 25, breaking a mark of 1.46 inches set in 1982.
- For the year, Buffalo remains about seven inches below average for precipitation as of 8/20/16.
Now I don’t need to say it, I know what you’re thinking. It rained. Well, you’re partly correct. The forecast called for 100% chance of rain. 100% chance of a thunderstorm. Strong winds, strong enough that there was a tornado warning. Not good for an outdoor wedding. On my drive to Ellicottville I stashed a bunch of umbrellas into the car and crossed all of my fingers and toes. I’m not going to tell you what we encountered weather wise it just yet but I will start by sharing some of the details from the day.