T.J. Pignataro - The Buffalo News

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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).


Local News

The lake-effect snow refused to go quietly Saturday. But, there will be no replay of last Sunday's snowy scene for the Buffalo Bills home finale at New Era Field. http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/16/don-pauls-updated-bills-dolphins-forecast-cloudy-and-cold-but-snow-free/ A shift in the wind direction throttled down and choked off the lake-effect machine late Saturda…

Environment

Correcting inflow and infiltration into Cheektowaga's sewer lines will be the chief aim of a $5 million state grant to improve the town's wastewater system, state and town officials said Thursday. The grant comes from the state's $2.5 billion pool of money allocated for water quality improvements. It will help Cheektowaga with its ongoing efforts to line its sanitary…

Local News

A winter weather advisory is now in effect until 10 p.m. for Niagara County. An advisory for Northern Erie County continues through 1 a.m. Niagara and northern Erie counties were forecasted to get about 3 to 5 inches of snow — with much of that having already fallen over a two-hour period between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday. Five inches were recorded shortly before 7 p.m. at…

Local News

With 12 days til Christmas, Mother Nature sends to thee... Some more chilling cold. A few lake snows, mixing with some rain. And, an Arctic front on Christmas Eve? https://twitter.com/MJVentrice/status/940950108325150720 Weather service forecasters won't be pinned down on a Christmas Day forecast specifics just yet, but speculation abounds on social media. Weat…

Weather

Those who have more snow will be given even more. By late Wednesday, another foot of lake-effect snow accumulation is possible in the higher elevations along the Chautauqua Ridge. Southtowns residents could top their snowpiles with an additional 6 inches, the National Weather Service forecasts. Both areas remained under a lake-effect snow warning through 7 p.m. We…

Bills

It won't be anything close to the 78 degrees and sunshine expected in Miami. But, the incoming Dolphins won't have to battle heavy lake-effect snow, and the Buffalo Bills, like the visiting Indianapolis Colts did last Sunday. The lake-effect machine churned up again Saturday, but a shift in the wind direction choked it off by late afternoon. High pressure Sunday w…

Weather

Today Warnings and advisories for lake-effect snow and winter weather have been dropped by the National Weather Service for all of the Buffalo Niagara region except for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. In those locations, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Thursday. The weather service reported snow was already falling i…

Environment

All of that snow that fell during November 2014's twin lake-effect storms amounted to about 210 billion gallons of water. Nearly all of the moisture was sucked up from the surface of Lake Erie, transformed into clouds and dumped in the form of 7 feet of snow across the Buffalo Niagara region. The storm lowered the lake level by 1.22 inches. Scientists know this be…

Buffalo

As the season's first winter storm approaches, let's take a look back at the biggest storms of last winter. No. 1: March 13 to 15 It's Winter Madness in Buffalo, baby! One of Buffalo's snowiest March days ever on March 14 brings a record-breaking 13.2 inches to the metro area. And it wasn't even a lake-effect snowstorm. The storm, dubbed Winter Storm Stella, aff…

Buffalo

Oh, it's happening. Lake-effect season will arrive in the Buffalo Niagara region this week, according to National Weather Service forecasters. "A significant lake-effect event will likely develop Wednesday and persist through Thursday night or Friday morning for locations east and northeast of Lake Erie," the weather service said in a hazardous weather outlook. Th…

Buffalo

There are 24 days until Christmas, and 7 more days until it looks the part in Buffalo. Forecasts show the weather will make an abrupt turn from seasonally mild to wintry and white about a week from today. In the meantime, there's still a few days left to get the snow tires on the car, put up the holiday lights or clean out the garage. Temperatures are expected to …

Environment

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today called Rosemary Billquist's death "incredibly tragic." And, completely preventable. "Even one incident is too many," Seggos said. "Every single hunting incident that we see is preventable. Hunting incidents are preventable." Seggos added: "None of these incidents are acceptable. It's ju…

Buffalo

A coyote that slipped inside the gates of Forest Lawn's bucolic urban burial ground this fall killed a litter of fawns to a resident family of deer. A coyote also chased at least two people visiting the cemetery, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation reports. “The coyote that has been seen on the grounds of Forest Lawn needs to be removed,” Fore…

Environment

A state freshwater wetland will be disturbed, but some Lake Ontario shoreline residents could get some relief through a fill to protect a campgrounds, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC announced today it tentatively determined that 20,000 cubic feet of fill can be used by the owners of the Willow Beach Campground in Porter in order…

Local News

We have about a week left of the post-Thanksgiving weather honeymoon. But prepare for things to turn quite wintry late next week, forecasters say. And, when the weather pattern changes, forecast models suggest it could linger for 10 days or so in the middle of December. https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/935963501645967360   Here's what the National We…