Jennifer Stanonis

Jennifer Stanonis

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Jennifer Stanonis is the weekend evening meteorologist at WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo, NY.  She joined Channel 2 in June, 2012.  Jennifer is a Northern California native and moved to Western New York in 2005, when she started forecasting on Buffalo television.  She has covered most severe weather events here since, from the studio anchoring and out in the field reporting. These include the Cheektowaga tornado and the October Snowstorm of 2006, numerous tornado outbreaks, and damaging snow and wind events.

Jennifer has a calculus based Meteorology degree from SUNY College at Brockport.  She graduated in the top of her class and in the Honor's Program.  Jennifer also founded the local Brockport Chapter of the National Weather Association (NWA) and Meteorology Club in 2011 at the College at Brockport. In addition, she is an active MEMBER of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the National Weather Association.  Jennifer is working on getting the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal.  She also has a Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.

Before moving to Buffalo, Jennifer worked at KCWY, NBC in Casper, Wyoming.  Jennifer covered deadly EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes, severe cold weather outbreaks, large forest fires, and damaging wind and snow events. Jennifer was also sent to cover the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery in July, 2005 at the Kennedy Space Center, FL.  Jennifer has received several awards including a station Associated Press award for severe weather coverage in Western New York, and various local weather honors.  Jennifer also has a Journalism Degree from San Francisco State University where she was awarded a journalism scholarship, graduated in three years with honors, and was chosen to make the commencement speech at graduation.

Jennifer lives in Buffalo with her husband Ted.



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Holiday Weekend Forecast and Beyond

8:14 AM, Sep 2, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- The rest of the long holiday weekend forecast will overall be a decent one.

Monday: Partly sunny with scattered showers at times.  Isolated strong storm possible.  High 79.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, few evening showers. Cooler with a low of 58.

Cooler temperatures will start on Tuesday with highs around 70 and will last much of the rest of the week with mostly sunny skies. 

Friday and into the weekend will be warmer with highs near 80 and partly sunny.



Summer Weather

7:27 PM, Aug 24, 2013

Temperatures and rainfall have been up and down this entire summer.

Extra Work Watering In The Yard This Week

12:13 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (August 17th)--  I have been out in my yard almost every day for the first time this month, watering our plants and lawn.

The dry weekend and mainly dry week is allowing the average monthly rainfall to catch up with the totals.

This month we have been well above average with rainfall. But the numbers may finally fall below average this week from the long dry stretch.

So far this month of August in Buffalo we have had 2.05" of rain which is just above the average of 1.82". By the middle of the week the rain totals will likely drop below average.

Buffalo's Summer So Far

12:15 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (August 14th) -- It may seem like a dry and cold summer, but is it?

I used raw temperature and rain data for the meteorological summer months of June, July, and August in Buffalo to calculate some stats.

I found about 48% of the days this summer so far have been at or above average. 53% of the days have had rain.

When you break down the months, July was the warmest and August the coolest (so far). June was the wettest.

21% of the days in August so far have had temperatures at or above average. 43% of the days have had rain.

68% of the days in July had temperatures at or above average. 55% of the days have had rain.

40% of the days in June had temperatures at or above average. 57% of the days have had rain.

So overall less than half the summer we have had warm temperatures and more than half we've had rain.

This latest fall-like weather pattern wi

Detailed Forecast

12:13 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (August 6th)-- Tonight: Partly cloudy, 20% shower. Milder low 65.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, showers and storms in the afternoon and evening and into the late night at times.  A few strong storms possible. Warmer and more humid with a high of 82.

A few showers and storms into early Thursday then mainly dry right into the weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies.

Temperatures will cool back to the mid to upper 70s for end of the week then mid to low 70s for the weekend and into the first part of next week.

A Cool Summer Lately

12:16 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (August 5th) -- It has been about two weeks of below average temperatures.

Finally we will feel a bit of summer on Wednesday with highs in the low 80s and more humid conditions. Then it's back to the 70s and below average temperatures for several days after that.

Storms are in the forecast during the middle of the week for later Wednesday, then dry end of the week and into the weekend.

Nice Weather Equals Bad Bridge Traffic

12:02 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- I was in Canada for a family brunch on Saturday. It was cooler but mostly sunny and a decent day. No matter what holiday weekend or Canadian days off, when there is decent enough weather it always seems the bridge traffic intensifies, big time.

Using the bridge traffic app on that beautiful day, I saw the line of cars piling up and when it hit a 2 hour wait on the Peace Bridge I knew it was time to finish my lunch quickly and head back earlier than planned to make it in time for work. The bridge traffic was backed up even further than it was end of 4th of July weekend this year!

I wasn't planning on taking a ride north to Niagara Falls that day, but it seemed to be a much shorter wait for a longer ride. The Nexus only Whirlpool Bridge is a lifesaver sometimes. I was back in the US and in downtown Buffalo in about an hour.

Wrapping Up A Warm July

12:16 PM, Aug 19, 2013

July was warm but actually below average with rain in Buffalo.

A Warm July

12:16 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (July 27th) -- Temperatures have overall been well above average this month of July.

Using raw temperature data for July, I calculated that 80% of the days in July were at or above average.

Even though we are above average with rainfall for the month, it appears only 48% of the days actually had rain. But when the rain did hit, the area received quite a bit of it.

Now temperatures are going to drop BELOW average for a few days especially on Sunday and Monday with highs near to around 70 degrees F, which is about 10 degrees below average.

We will have a little dry break for much of Sunday.

Very Wet Summer Still

12:17 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Even with the long dry and hot stretch last week, still well above average with the rain totals.

90s Not That Common

12:17 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Buffalo, NY (July 14th) -- Temperatures will continue to be very warm with near record warmth well into the week.  High temperatures are expected to be near to around 90 degrees F.

There could be a four day stretch of 90 degree days into this week.

This doesn't happen too often when looking back at the number of days Buffalo reaches at least 90 degrees.  So far this year of 2013 there has been one day that reached the 90s, which was on Sunday.

In 2012 there were 8 days in the 90s which was a very warm season.  In 2011 there were 2 days, in 2010 there was one day, and in 2009 and 2008 there were 0 days.

However, in 2007 there were 6 days, and in 2006 there were 4 days.

In terms of days that reached 95 degrees and above, there were 2 days in 2012, and 1 day from 2008 until 2011, which occured in 2011.

Stay cool!

A Nice Fall Weather Day For a 5K

11:09 PM, Nov 9, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- High temperatures near 50 and a dry day is a nice day for mid fall in Western New York.

And it was a good day to be outdoors.  I enjoyed running my 9th year in a row in the 9th annual Lindsay's Legacy 5K, and serving as the emcee for the post race party.

I already have my winter gear out for the next runs in December including the Jingle Bell run, among other local 5k races.

Coldest Temperatures So Far This Fall

8:07 PM, Nov 2, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- Temperatures are dropping once again and the coldest temperatures so far this Fall are expected Sunday night.

After a few warm days, get ready for temperatures to drop about 15 degrees below normal.

High temperatures for Sunday will only make it up to 38 degrees F. The average high for this time of year is 53. The average low temperature is 38.

Temperatures Sunday night will also be on the colder side with a low of 25. Even some upper teens could be found in the coolest Southern Tier valleys.

But there will be a warm up once again middle of the week, with high temperatures near to around 60 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cold Season Precipitation

5:33 PM, Oct 20, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- The colder temperatures are almost here, so here's a quick refresher on "cold season" precipitation, if you need it.

The atmosphere can produce snow, hail, sleet, graupel and freezing rain. All are formed differently and mainly depend on temperature and height.

Sticking with the precipitation types that are usually confused (and keeping it simple), hail is ice pellets (layers of ice) that form high in a thunderstorm cloud by being suspended in a thunderstorm's updraft. Hail stones can grow to be very large before dropping out of a storm.

Graupel starts as a snowflake but encounters supercooled water droplets as it falls, which freeze on the snowflake. Graupel is usually smaller than hail and much softer.

Sleet looks like ice pellets but forms differently. Sleet starts out as a snowflake but encounters a warm layer and partially melts but then moves through a cold layer once again and refreezes before hitting

Weekend Forecast

6:41 AM, Oct 18, 2013

Buffalo, NY --  High temperatures today are around average, near 60 degrees F.

Temperatures will drop a bit into the weekend. High temps will be in the mid to low 50s, and lows in the upper 30s.

Lake effect rain showers are possible at times during Saturday into Sunday morning.

It is that time of year. If temperatures were just a bit cooler we would be talking about lake effect snow potentially! We will keep an eye on things of course.

Bye Nice October

7:25 AM, Oct 15, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- We have had nice, mild weather for much of October. That is going to change soon so enjoy the beautiful day today before the rain hits tomorrow and the well below average temperatures for the rest of the week and through the weekend.

Buffalo is already about an 1" above average with rain so far this month, but that is expected to go up a good amount tomorrow with the latest strong system coming in from the west.

Winds will be picking up as well, especially for the higher elevations for middle of the week.

Wet October

9:10 AM, Oct 14, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- The month started out wet but then we enjoyed a long dry break before rain returned once again for some of the long holiday weekend.

Despite the long dry stretch, the monthly rainfall is above average.

Rain so far this month of October in Buffalo is at about 2.60". The average at this point is 1.59", so we are above average with rainfall by about an 1".

We will be adding nicely to the rain totals middle of this week.

Beautiful Start To Fall

5:45 PM, Sep 29, 2013

Temperatures will remain above average.

Record Rain on Last Day Of Summer

4:52 PM, Sep 22, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- The last day of Summer was a very wet one.

Record rainfall of 2.79" was set in Buffalo on Saturday, which breaks the old daily record of 1.49" set in 1992.  

The first day of Fall, or autumnal equinox, starts on Sunday, September 22nd at 4:44pm eastern time. 

It's when the sun crosses directly over the Earth's equator and both day and night are about equal.  Fall will last a solid three months until the beginning of Winter on December 21.

Below Average Rain

9:09 PM, Sep 14, 2013

Buffalo is about an inch below average with rainfall this month.

Let's Look Ahead To The Labor Day Forecast!

7:45 PM, Aug 25, 2013

Buffalo, NY -- The longer range forecast shows a warm up for the rest of August and into the first week of September.

Rain is possible for some of the earlier part of this week, especially on Monday and Wednesday. Then dry end of the week with temperatures in the low 80s for much of the week.

Labor Day weekend is looking like a beauty with warm temperatures in the mid 80s and partly sunny skies. Definitely pool weather!

Let's enjoy it because Fall starts in exactly one month from today (Sunday), on September 22nd!

6 Hour Plane Ride To Buffalo From Chicago

12:17 PM, Aug 19, 2013

The longest time I've ever spent in an airplane on the ground.

Warmth and Sunshine for Official Start of Summer

8:36 AM, Jun 18, 2013

BUFFALO, NY - Temperatures will be increasing this week with several days of sunny skies.

Friday will also have sunshine with highs in the low 80s which is a few degrees above average for this time of year.

Perfect timing since Friday is the first official day of summer beginning at 1:04am eastern daylight time and 12:04am central daylight time.

This is universal time 5:04am, so summer actually starts Thursday night at 11:04pm for areas in mountain daylight time and 10:04pm for pacific daylight time.

Rain Still Well Above Average

2:59 AM, Jun 11, 2013

BUFFALO, NY - Rain totals so far this month are still well above average by about 2.5".  At this point in June the average monthly rainfall is 1.11" in Buffalo.  Rain received is already at 3.66".

The rain this week isn't helping.  The ground is already saturated so it doesn't take much for minor flooding in the usual low lying and poor drainage areas.

Earlier last month the area was below average with rainfall by more than an inch.  The rain totals are swinging back and forth, similar to what the temperatures have been doing.

Well Above Average Rain

10:35 AM, Jun 5, 2013

The few dry days lately have been helpful before another round of rain starting later Wednesday night through Friday.

Buffalo is well above average with rain already this month of June at 2.21", above the average of 0.49" at this point in the month.

Our area could see another 1-2" of rain over the next couple days on the already saturated ground so minor flooding is possible in the usual low lying areas.