What’s up with that cow manure smell in Cheektowaga?

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – If you encountered an odor Monday night that smelled like cow manure, you’re not alone.  Many Cheektowaga Chronicle readers reached out to us to get to the bottom of the smell.

We contacted Buffalo State Professor Dr. Stephen J. Vermette by email. He teaches Meteorology, Applied Climatology, and Severe & Unusual Weather to name a few courses.  He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society and member of the National Weather Association.

Dr. Vermette says the cause of the smell could be the after effects of the rain storms last week Tuesday.

“If there was an overflow discharge in Cheektowaga (combined sewage and stormwater), then the manure smell might be associated with residual sewage coating objects after the water levels dropped in the creek,” wrote Dr. Vermette.

Just under a half-an-inch of rain fell that day causing the Town to discharge millions of gallons of overflow discharge into Scajaquada Creek according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The high humidity Monday night would allow the odor to be more easily detected in the evening,” added Dr. Vermette.  He noted that the relative humidity around the airport measuring site peaked Monday evening between 9 and 11 pm.

This is just an initial hypothesis, however, and more information would be needed before a definitive answer could be provided.

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