University at Albany & National Weather Service researching "Extreme Weather" in the Northeast

The University at Albany will continue its collaboration with the National Weather Service on extreme weather research under a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The university's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences works with the National Weather Service to study and predict weather events that have the potential to cause substantial social and economic disruption in the Northeast. The collaboration has been going on for 13 years and now will continue through September 2016.

Atmospheric science is one of the cornerstones of the University at Albany's Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex, known as E-TEC.

Central New York sees its share of "Extreme Weather" every year. This month we are profiling some of the places around us where the most extreme conditions occur.

Three major floods have swept through pockets of Central New York at least three times in the last six years.

Sherburne in Chenango County was especially hit hard.

The Village saw the worst flood in the village's history in September, 2011. As First Alert Meteorologist Mike Brookins explained in October, neighbors were forced to relive those scary memories more recently, in June. That's when the Chenango River once again rose above its banks, triggering horrific flash flooding.

Every winter, lake effect snow dumps as many as 300 inches of snow in parts of the Tug Hill Plateau. Last week, we sent First Alert Meteorologist Matt Stevens to one of the snowiest places in Oswego County to explain what causes such significant snowfall.

Two winters ago, a 105 mile-per-hour wind gust was measured at the Carrier Dome. Tonight, our "Extreme Weather" series continues with our CNY Central First Alert Chief Meteorologist Wayne Mahar. He will take us back to the historic Janaury night, and explain the science behind the wind.

(Information from the Associated Press used in this report)