National Weather Service set up at fair to help monitor conditions

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GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — All eyes on the sky. Dave Nicosia with the National Weather Service in Binghamton is hyper-focused on the fairgrounds.

“That allows me to really pay close attention the potential for lightning, and high winds and hail right here so we can pass the information along to the public safety folks here,” Nicosia said.

The National Weather Service always has their eyes on the fairgrounds, but if they’re expecting any kind of severe or active weather, they’ll send a meteorologist up to stay at the Emergency Management Center.

Nicosia said, “If it’s going to be a real sunny, beautiful day, which, we hope we’ll see quite a few of those, we’ll just be back at the office. But we always maintain contact with the folks up here.”

And while fairgoers may just be dodging some rain here, any time there is potential for lightning, with thousands of people walking around, it could be deadly.

Nicosia said, “This is a large fairground. It has a history of severe weather. We’ve had a tornado hit here, we’ve had high winds hit here, and we’ve had lightning strikes on the fairgrounds.”

The fairgrounds are a smaller area of focus for Nicosia compared to what he typically deals with in Binghamton, but with this task comes some big responsibilities.

“When the storm is bearing down and you have to give them information and you know you don’t want to be wrong if they’re going to clear the grandstands,” Nicosia said.

A situation they are hoping to avoid, tracking storms before they are a danger to us.


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