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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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ERIE, Pa. – They played a minor league baseball game here on Thursday. The sun even peeked out a few times during the day. That meant one thing: This Pennsylvania city seems bound to fall tenths of an inch shy of matching Buffalo's 199.4-inch seasonal snowfall record set during the infamous winter of 1976-77. That is, unless the weather goes haywire in May. Snow-wear…

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ERIE, Pa. – Erie may be down to its last chance to break Buffalo's 199.4-inch seasonal snowfall record set during the infamous winter of 1976-77. Erie has closed within an inch of the record, but the odds are dwindling the Pennsylvania city will break it. The forecast for Erie shows a 30 percent chance for a half-inch of snow today, and a 30 percent chance for a half in…

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There's about a 90 percent chance that Buffalo's 199.4-inch seasonal snowfall during its infamous winter of 1976-77 could melt out of the record books tonight. Erie, Pa., has closed within a single inch. The Pennsylvania city got a big boost Tuesday with 4.6 inches of snow, bringing the city's seasonal total to 198.5 inches. Forecast models suggest there's at …

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The amount of soot in – or better yet, not in – Erie County's air is at its healthiest level on record. That's the good news in today's release of the American Lung Association's 2018 State of the Air report. The region received a failing mark for ozone pollution, down from a D rating in 2017. Data showed that increased summertime temperatures resulted in two more…

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The snowflakes are forecast to keep flying today, the National Weather Service said. It'll be the 10th day this month with measurable snow in Buffalo, one day shy of the all-time mark for April, set in 1961. The weather service calls for snow showers with less than one inch possible. The daytime high is forecast to top out at 34 degrees. That's more than 20 degree…

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Another April rainfall record is in jeopardy today in Buffalo. As of 1 p.m., 0.92 inches of rain has been recorded since midnight at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, closing in on the all-time daily mark of 0.96 inches set in 1986. Last April, three new daily rainfall records were established: April 6, 2017, 1.58 inches; April 20, 2017, 1.95 inches; and Apr…

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Perhaps "April Fools' Month" would be more appropriate. Mother Nature sure seems to think so. For 14 of the month's first 16 days, temperatures at Buffalo have been at or below normal. On eight of them, the thermometer's been double-digits below normal. There's been measurable snowfall on nine days so far this month with the 10th expected on Tuesday. Only 1961,…

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Consider the first weather bullet of the week dodged. The ice storm came late Saturday and into Sunday and passed without significant damage. Now there will be heavy rain on Monday. Then, another frigid day with some snow possible overnight and Tuesday. The National Weather Service posted a flood watch for all eight counties in Western New York through Tuesday eve…

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Are you a weather fanatic? If you enjoy watching the weather, you can help the National Weather Service by being its eyes and ears on the ground. Training is coming up for those who would like to be an official Skywarn weather spotter. Here are the upcoming sessions in Western New York: 7 p.m. Friday at the Genesee County Fire Training Center, 7690 State Street …

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If all goes right, the lake sturgeon could be removed from New York State's list of threatened species before 2024, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The DEC announced the release Friday of its final version of the state's Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan, which is designed to restore self-sustaining sturgeon populations to New York's waters. "Lake …

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The first weather bullet of the week has been dodged. The ice storm was far less damaging than it could have been. Next, comes heavy rain. There could also be some thunder. Then, maybe some snow on Tuesday. The weather service posted a flood watch for all eight counties in Western New York from 1 a.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday. "Warmer temperatures during thi…

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It's the Western New York Land Conservancy's idea: create a 1.5-mile urban nature trail on an old railroad line connecting Canalside with Solar City. It would be Buffalo’s own “high line.” The land conservancy on Tuesday will gather neighbors, community leaders and leading national experts at Buffalo’s Saturn Club for input. The conservancy doesn't want to just re…

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A stalled frontal boundary will divide portions of Western New York between the warm and the unwarm. It'll also bring several rounds of rain to the region through the weekend, including the possibility for freezing rain Saturday that could bring as much as one-half inch of ice to some parts of the region, the National Weather Service said. The weather service issued …

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Keep your umbrellas handy. It's going to be damp for the next several days, the National Weather Service forecast shows. Rain is expected to develop across the Buffalo Niagara region by mid-morning today. There's a 100 percent chance for rain with up to one-half inch possible, forecasters said. Today's daytime high will peak in the upper 40s. Winds will start e…

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On the bright side, it will be relatively warmer over the next several days. But wet. Several rounds of rain showers associated with passing storm systems are forecast this week starting this afternoon, the National Weather Service forecasts. Today is expected to start out mostly cloudy with increasing chances for precipitation by early afternoon, forecasts show. …