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"They were very isolated (thunderstorms) â€" no one else in the state got them," says McLaughlin of our strongest thunderstorms so far this year.
Ice coverage needs to shrink below 250 square miles, or about 3 or 4 percent of the lake, before the New York Power Authority removes the boom, McLaughlin said.
"I would say you've got another two weeks, anyway, at least, before the ice is out of this area," McLaughlin said, "before the ice gets small enough to consider removing the boom."
Those who live along the river inappropriately blame the boom for cold temperatures in the springtime, McLaughlin said.
Records show that the average springtime temperatures for the area before the boom's first installation in 1964 are comparable to what they have been since then.
"People always blame the ice boom because it's cold in Buffalo in the springtime, but it's cold in Buffalo in the springtime because of the ice," McLaughlin told the Buffalo News.
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