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Light sweaters already are replacing winter parkas. Crocuses are peeking out of the ground already. And ski poles are even being swapped for golf clubs in some spots. Late April’s weather is apparently spending winter break in the Buffalo Niagara region this week. High temperatures are forecast in the 50s and 60s through Friday. Although Tuesday’s 59-degree hig…

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Nearly 40 new wells are proposed for installation at the former site of the coke oven at Lackawanna's Bethlehem Steel site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The wells are on the former steel plant property across the Hamburg Turnpike from last November's fire site and not associated with the cleanup of that location. The new wells woul…

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The International Joint Commission wants to hear what Buffalo residents think of efforts to improve the Great Lakes. The organization will hold a round table discussion and a public meeting March 28 at the WNED-WBFO studios at 140 Lower Terrace, the headquarters of Great Lakes Today. The commission, comprised of commissioners from the United States and Canada, has tw…

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Many local schoolchildren will be out of classes next week for midwinter break, but the weather outside will feel more springlike. A dramatic change in the weather pattern starting Friday will usher in temperatures 10 or more degrees above normal by the weekend. The warm-up is forecast to extend into next week, according to the National Weather Service: Saturd…

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Above-average temperatures in December, January and the first half of February has kept most of Lake Erie wide open. That leaves the Buffalo Niagara region vulnerable to lake-effect snow when it grows cold and the conditions ripen. The next round of lake-effect snow could come Wednesday and Thursday south of Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service. …

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No one knows yet what killed the great horned owl at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A bird watcher found the owl beneath a tree on Friday with no obvious signs of trauma, so it does not appear to have died in the claws of a hawk or other predator. Could it have eaten a poisoned rat? Did toxins around the Scajaquada Creek cleanup project kill it? Or did it just die of natural …

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The Niagara Parks Commission starting this week will present “Northern Owls,” a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that offers a look into the intriguing world of owls. This family-friendly exhibit is the first of the commission’s planned Rooted initiatives, developed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both the Niagara and Ontario. It will r…

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There won't be a lot of snow but just enough will fall this afternoon to slow up commuters heading home for the weekend with snow-covered and slippery travel. The National Weather Service forecasts up to two inches of snow will fall through early evening. Weather service forecasters in a special weather statement issued just before 3 p.m. said "a broad area of light …

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There will be some kind of show in the sky this evening. An eclipse of a full "snow moon" and a passing comet will don the skies above. Although the East Coast would have the best view, unless you're headed west of Indianapolis, east of Boston or up in an airplane, there's a slim chance of seeing it from the Buffalo Niagara region. That's because forecasts show ne…

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It's all about jobs, and maybe less about gas, to hear union workers and business owners talk about the Northern Access Pipeline. Union workers are looking forward to an estimated 1,600 jobs that would be created by building the pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to the northeast United States and Canada, and they stood up in favor of the project Wednesday …

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National Fuel's proposed Northern Access Pipeline would cross 192 streams in Western New York along a 97-mile swath from northwestern Pennsylvania to Elma. “This comes straight up north through Western New York, through its streams, waterways and hilly terrain – there are just all kinds of potential perils to the environment,” said Diana Strablow of the Sierra Club’s Ni…

A federal agency has approved National Fuel Gas Company’s plan to construct a pipeline from northwestern Pennsylvania through Western New York. The project still needs New York state approval, and three public hearings are scheduled for next week, The Northern Access Project consists of approximately 97 miles of new pipeline from McKean County, Pa., and through the New…

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Shipments of liquid nuclear waste from Canada could start crossing the Peace Bridge this month. A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the U.S. Energy Department satisfied all of its requirements for transporting about 6,000 gallons of the liquid nuclear material from a medical research laboratory in Chalk River, Ont., to a reprocessing fac…

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Temperature January 2017 tied its 1998 counterpart for the eighth-warmest January in Buffalo since World War II. At an average temperature of 31.1 degrees, only January 2006 (34.8 degrees) and January 2002 (31.5 degrees) were warmer this century. Highs and Lows HIGH: 60 degrees, Jan. 21 LOW: 5 degrees, Jan. 7 Monthly Averages for January HIGH: 36.8…

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Tonight: Chances for snow showers in Buffalo are 40 percent. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low 20s. Thursday (Groundhog Day): There's a good chance Punxsutawney Phil and Dunkirk Dave won't see their shadows on Groundhog Day Thursday morning. Nearly 100 percent cloudy conditions are forecast in Western New York between 6 and 11 a.m. with snow lik…