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T.J. Pignataro - Buffalo, NY

Environment Reporter for The Buffalo News since 2013. News Staff Reporter since 1998. Previous beat assignments included suburban coverage in WNY and the News' bureau at Buffalo Police HQ. Former staff reporter at the Altoona Mirror (1997-98) and Dunkirk Observer (1995-97), and assistant news director at WBTA-1490, Batavia (1994-95).


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Spring officially begins at 12:15 p.m. It'll be bright and sunshiny again, but chilly. Again. Wind chills are forecast to start out in the single digits this morning and only make it to the teens by midday thanks to a breezy easterly wind, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Today's daytime high is expected to peak near 34 degrees during the mid-af…

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Feel like winter has lasted longer than usual? You can thank March for that. This month brought the snowiest day of the winter: 8.6 inches fell March 2. It included a dozen days of below-average temperatures. And it was colder and snowier than February. Otherwise, the astronomical winter season that started Dec. 21 hasn’t really been one of harsh extremes. “Februa…

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If you like sunshine, this is the week for you. Just wear a toque and some mittens because it'll stay chilly. The National Weather Service calls for sunshine each day through Friday with daytime highs generally staying in the low to mid-30s. This week's normal high in Buffalo ranges from 43 degrees today up to 45 degrees by Friday, data shows. Overnights will rang…

Environment

OLEAN – Last year biologists trapped a mother bear near a person's home in the Olean area. This time they went to the mother bear's home. It was possible to find because of the radio transmitter on a collar they put on the bear last year. The state biologists tracked the bear to a remote hill near the Pennsylvania border – about a 20-minute drive from Olean – wher…

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It's called the "Luck o' the Irish" for a reason. The sunniest, driest back-to-back days of the month will come St. Patrick's Day weekend, the National Weather Service forecasts. Forecasts show extended winter returns to the weather picture again next week. Here's what the weather service says to expect: Today It'll be a chilly wake-up with temperatures in t…

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Snowfall totals over the last 24 hours varied across Western New York, according to a list released this morning by the National Weather Service. Colden measured the most new snow in Erie County, with 5.4 inches as of 7:30 a.m. today, the weather service reported. With 1.7 inches added to today's total at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the official measur…

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The sun will shine upon the faces of revelers at both of Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day parades this weekend. Warmly? Not so much. Weekend temperatures are expected to remain below normal on Saturday, Sunday and even into next week, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service. Here's what to expect weather-wise for Buffalo's two parades: Saturday T…

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Light snow was falling in Buffalo this morning as the far southern end of Erie County as well as Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties were getting the brunt of a winter storm. Overnight the Buffalo metro area got a coating of a couple of inches of snow and can expect another two to five inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Church. "Closer to the lowe…

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ALLEGANY STATE PARK — Slowly, things started to return to normal Thursday at some spots in Allegany State Park. Park officials announced the park's Red House Area will reopen this weekend, but the Quaker Area will remain closed to visitors. Both areas in the park were closed after last week's heavy snowstorm felled trees and knocked out power and potable water servic…

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Wind chills in the teens and upper 20s today with snow will make it feel more like January than March. A winter storm warning is posted through early Saturday for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. That will likely make for a difficult evening commute in those areas, the National Weather Service said. Motorists should prepare for significant…

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A pair of storms engaging in a daylong “courtship dance” before marrying early Friday over northern New York and New England promises to be a mesmerizing sight captured by weather satellites thousands of miles above Earth. The Buffalo Niagara region, caught between the two, should be spared the worst of the wintry weather. The stronger of the two systems, a robust no…

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Mother Nature's stormy relationship with the East Coast continues today. Although the Buffalo Niagara region will avoid a snowstorm per se, it will see a lot of snowflakes pile up between this afternoon and Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. When all is said and done, some spots of Western New York in the Southern Tier could see as much as 12 in…

Environment

A national report released Tuesday described the work of a Buffalo program as one step toward fixing billions of dollars worth of Great Lakes water infrastructure. “It’s something we would like see across Buffalo and the Great Lakes region,” said Radhika Fox, the CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance. The Washington, D.C., non-profit water advocacy group called the collabor…

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First, the good news: the Buffalo Niagara region will watch from the sidelines as the second Nor'easter in less than a week bears down Wednesday on New England, according to National Weather Service forecasts. The storm is expected to remain to the east of the region. Nevertheless, a series of storm systems will help to bring unsettled weather — with some snow an…

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Dreaming that the calendar flip to March meant warmer weather and impending spring? It's time to wake up. That's not happening. National Weather Service forecasts call for a week pretty close to normal in Buffalo. Daytime highs will peak in the mid-30s to upper 30s most of the week with overnight lows in the mid-20s, forecasts show. The average high for this time …