It's hard to believe that we're less than two weeks from August, as we head deeper into the dog days of summer.

It's been a strange last two months of weather for the northeast, including New York state.

May was cooler than normal and there was a drought that lasted weeks, well into June. Then the Canadian wildfire smoke that has been periodically making its way to the state. Humidity and thunderstorms have been the story lately, with more severe weather possible for Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

The National Weather Service says that there is now an elevated risk for severe weather on Tuesday. It's a marginal chance for Western and Central New York, with slight risk for severe storms in Upstate New York.

Damaging winds and heavy downpours are the main threat.

Wednesday will see a break in that weather, with thunderstorms once again coming back to the region by Thursday afternoon. Friday will see more chance of thunderstorms for Western and Central New York.

The good news is that hail and tornado possibilities won't be a story this week, which was the story a week ago. There were no tornadoes that ever materialized.

It was almost once year ago to the day that a tornado was confirmed in the Western/Central portion of New York state, which caused no injuries but caused 115 mph winds. It was on the ground for 15 minutes.

Hail and tornadoes can happen in New York. Yes, they're more rare than the Midwest and southeast, but it's best to always be prepared when severe weather is forecasted.

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