Rochester, NY Slips Past Buffalo, NY in Golden Snowball Contest

Rochester had it’s the first snow of the season yesterday, 11/9 and it was enough to take the lead over Buffalo in the snow contest. Rochester picked up 3 tenths of an inch of snow and currently sits on the top of the Golden Snowball snow hill. Will Rochester stay on top come the next update?

Keep in mind that the National Weather Service isn’t reporting any of the overnight snowfall yet. Those snow stats will come out late afternoon and I’ll do another update once they do come out.

Click Here for the current snow stats.

Rochester and Buffalo are the only two cities in the snow contest reporting any measurable snow so far this season. That may change once the snow stats for today and the overnight come out. I’ve seen some videos of a little snow in the Binghamton and Syracuse area. It will be interesting to see if both can get on the snowboard to kick off their 2017-2018 snow season. Stay tuned for the next update and it will be interesting to see if Rochester can hold on to the top spot :)

Have a Great Day :)

Buffalo Kicks Off 2017-2018 Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Buffalo, New York received just enough snow to start up the 2017-2018 Golden Snowball snow contest. Congrats Buffalo which received a tenth of an inch of snow at the airport on Halloween.

  • Let the New York Snow Games Begin
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    None of the other cities are reporting any measurable snowfall so far so Buffalo takes the early lead in the Golden Snowball contest. It also puts Buffalo in the Top 10 in the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest tied with several other cities with a tenth of an inch of snowfall on the season. Lakewood, Colorado leads the National snow contest right now with 4.5 inches.

    Last season at this time Buffalo was the only city without any snow and on the bottom of the snow hill with Albany on the top of the snow hill :) That’s what makes this snow contest so much fun. None of us know which city is going to win when a new season begins. Syracuse is the favorite being the snowiest Big city in the country but I don’t think Mother Nature or Father Winter pay too much attention to that.

    Last season Binghamton out snowed all of the cities to win the Golden Snowball contest by just 3 tenths of an inch over Syracuse. Binghamton is the defending snow champions this season. Several seasons back Rochester, NY upset Syracuse to wear the crown for a year. It’s always fun as the season plays on. That’s what the snow contests are about, having fun and passing the months by as we wait for the warm weather to return.

    About The Golden Snowball Snow Contest

    The 5 cities that are in the New York Golden Snowball contest which started up back in the 1970’s are Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY. It’s just a fun snow contest that was started up by a few meteorologists from the Rochester national weather station that has since closed. Click Here for more info about the Golden Snowball contest.

    Click here for the Current Snow Stats! I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with all of you like we do every snow season. Just think, the fun has just begun and it’s going to be a longgg snow season. Good Luck to all of your cities 😉

    Have a Great Day All!

    First off as always, I want to give a Big Thanks to those of you who made a donation to the snow site this season. They really help out with offsetting some of the costs and time spent on the snow contest each season. If you enjoyed the Golden Snowball snow contest this season, feel free to hit the donate button and a Big Thank You in advance 😉
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    Binghamton Wins Golden Snowball Snow Contest

    Updated July 1st 2017 – The 2016-2017 snow season has come to and end as of yesterday, June 30th and it’s Binghamton at the top of the snow hill over Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch. Don’t be sad that the season has ended because as of today, July 1st the 2017-2018 snow season has begun. A big congratulation to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball snow contest.
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    WOW! A huge CONGRATULATION to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball contest for the 2016-2017 snow season. Binghamton defeated last season’s snow champs and seasonal favorite Syracuse, NY to take the top spot on the Golden Snowball snow hill. Binghamton also broke several records including the big one which is the snowiest season on record with a total so far this season of 135.2 inches of snowfall which was 3 tenths of an inch more than Syracuse received which was 134.9 inches.

    It’s been something like 34 years since Binghamton last won the Golden Snowball snow derby. The last time Binghamton won was in the 1982-1983 snow season. How long ago was that? The #1 song on May 1st, 1983 was “Beat It” by Michael Jackson which gives you a good idea. Our President was President Ronald Reagan! Most importantly, the Speedie Fest along with a balloon rally started up in Binghamton and I believe it draws about 100,000 people while it’s going on.

    Live Interview With Bob Joseph Radio 1290 WNBF in Binghamton

    I did just get off the phone doing a live call into Bob Joseph who is a radio host on the Binghamton Now News, NY. It was a fun live conversation and I kind of liked his idea about jumping in his car and heading to Syracuse and give it to Mayor Stephanie Miner about how Binghamton kicked butt. He was talking all in fun of course and it was really was fun talking to him even though I don’t like doing live anything :)

    May 1st Is The Date Picked To Wrap Up Golden Snowball Contest

    I will say that I’m a little nervous about calling the snow contest today with Binghamton only leading Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch as of yesterday, April 30th. That said, several years ago a representative of a former mayor’s office wanted to lay some ground rules and calling the snow contest on May 1st was one of them. According to the National Weather Service, the snow season starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. So far throughout the past seasons, May 1st has worked as far as I know or at least since I started keeping track of the snow stats so fingers crossed it plays out OK again this season :)

    I did talk to Ted Champney at the Binghamton National Weather Service and he seemed to be pretty confident or as confident as anyone can be with just 3 tenths of an inch separation Binghamton and Syracuse that there most likely won’t be any changes in the Golden Snowball line-up.

    I also asked Wayne Mahar, Molly Matott on Facebook live what they thought about the long term and both seem to think we are in the clear. Jim Teske responded to a tweet of mine which I think pretty much says it all. At this time of the season, the one thing that favors Binghamton is Elevation, Elevation, Elevation :)

    So, barring any adjustments or corrections by the National Weather Service my fingers are crossed that Mother Nature stays in line and that the line-up stays the same. Binghamton deserves it this season for the amount of snow they have had which is over 50 inches of snow more than what they receive on average each season.

    The National Golden Snow Globe Snow Contest Still Going

    Keep in mind that the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest is still going on and Syracuse holds a big lead in that contest. I’m still seeing some cities picking up some snow and a couple of states have received some decent snow totals in the last couple of days. I’m sure I will be calling that snow contest sooner rather than later this season so check the snowiest Big city in the country snow contest out at the Golden Snow Globe website.

    I will still be updating as needed and I will most likely be adding more to this a little later along with a season summary in a few days. Have a Great day everyone and CONGRATS BINGHAMTON, NY!

    First off, as always I want to say Thank You to Amy G., William M., Kelly R., Kurt R., Cooper Computer Consulting, Alberta P., and Bob W. for your donations this season. I truly appreciate them and they do help. Thanks All :)
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    Mother Nature Past Favors Binghamton in Golden Snowball Contest

    Right now, only 3 tenths of an inch separate Binghamton and Syracuse so I wanted to take a look at several different snow statistics from the past to see what the odds are right now of Binghamton, NY winning the 2016-2017 Golden Snowball snow contest. I took a look at several different snow stats from the past which include last season’s snow totals, the latest date and the amount of snow that both cities received measurable snow and how much snow both cities receive in April and May on average.

    This will be the biggest upset since I have been keeping the snow stats and will equal the big upset since the snow contest started back in the 70’s which was the only other time that Binghamton has won. Binghamton’s only other win was in the 1982-1983 snow season. There were at least 2 other times that Binghamton beat the other Golden Snowball cities in the past but that was before the snow contest was started.

    30 Year Average Seasonal Snowfall

    I’m sure most of you who follow the snow contest already know that Syracuse is the favorite at the beginning of every snow season which is why Binghamton has made this season so much fun. Syracuse averages 123.8 inches according to the last 30 years which rolls every 10 years I believe, meaning that the next new update for snow averages will be coming out in 2020 if I’m correct. The last one was in 2010. Keep in mind that normally, I’m not though :)

    30 Year Average Seasonal Snowfall for Golden Snowball Cities

    Syracuse – 123.8
    Rochester – 99.5
    Buffalo – 94.7
    Binghamton – 83.4
    Albany – 59.1

    Advantage Syracuse!

    Which City Receives the Most Snow in April & May

    Does Syracuse or Binghamton receive the most snow in the months of April and May? Below are the snow totals for the two cities for April and May according to the National Weather Service out of Binghamton.

    April Snowfall Averages –

    Syracuse = 3.8 inches
    Binghamton = 4.3 inches

    May Snowfall Averages –

    Syracuse = 0.1
    Binghamton = 0.1

    May and April Combined Snow Totals –

    Syracuse = 3.9 inches
    Binghamton = 4.4 inches

    So far this season as of 4/18 for the month of April Binghamton has received 2.1 inches of snow and Syracuse has received 0.3 inches of snow.

    Advantage Binghamton

    The Latest Date Binghamton and Syracuse Received Measurable Snow

    The thing that scares me the most at the end of each snow season in the Golden Snowball contest is calling the winner on May 1st when the snow contest is so close. This season it is especially close and I am already dreading it. The date isn’t my choice but it was a date that was picked several years ago by one of the representatives of the city of Syracuse. The calendar snow season according to the National Weather Service starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. In other words, they record any snowfall amounts that fall during the calendar snow season. So if Binghamton or Syracuse receive snow after May 1st, it should still be counted in my opinion :( End of whine 😉 OK, below are the dates that are the latest both cities have received measurable snowfall.

    Latest Date Recorded For Measurable Snow –

    Syracuse received 1.2 inches of snow on May 17th in 1973. Date of record 1902 to Present.

    Binghamton received 1.7 inches of snow on May 18th in 2002. Date of record 1951-Present.

    Narrow Advantage Binghamton :)

    Are We Done With Snow For The Season

    Obviously, the biggest question right now is are we done with snow this season in the Northeast? The obvious answer is the only one that knows is Mother Nature and I’m guessing that my chances of getting an interview with her are zero 😉 There is one thing I did notice today while doing the last update. None of the cities in the Golden Snowball contest received any more snow for the rest of the season from here on.

    If you look at the snow chart which was updated today on the main page where it shows This Time Last Season, you will see that it is also the final snow totals for all of the cities last season. If this season comes to an end like last season did then it is obviously –

    ADVANTAGE and CHECKMATE by Binghamton 😉

    Stay tuned because it’s not over until the fat man sings and I’m not singing yet 😉 Have a Great night all!

    Binghamton Wins This Snowball Fight Snow Totals Below

    I just crunched some snow totals for the last two days. The 2-day snow storm totals are for Tuesday 3/14 and Wednesday 3/15. As always, keep in mind my fuzzy math but this is what I came up with. The totals are always taken from the National Weather Service.

    Binghamton was the big winner of this snowball fight followed by Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Albany.

    Two Day Snow Storm Totals 3/14 Thru 3/15

    Binghamton, NY – 31.2 + 4.1 = 35.3 Inches

    Rochester, NY – 16.4 + 9.9 = 26.3 Inches

    Syracuse, NY – 18.9 + 5.5 = 24.4 Inches

    Buffalo, NY 13.2 + 4.9 = 18.1

    Albany, NY – 17.0 + Trace = 17.0 Inches

    I also want to apologize for not posting this season as much as I would like to be. I also appreciate the emails I receive asking questions or just saying Thanks for keeping up the snow stats here. I love doing it, believe me 😉 We do have a group page on Facebook for both snow contests, the Golden Snowball and the National Golden Snow Globe snow contests. Just click the FaceBook picture on the page to join. It’s a fun group of people and all snow lovers and haters are welcome :)

    Have a Great Day All!

    Live Eagle Cam, Harriett & M15 Baby Eagles

    Are any of you following the eagles Harriett, M15, and their eaglet on the live eagle cam out of Florida? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been watching the live Eagle cam the last few days. I love this kind of stuff and it’s so amazing to watch it all live. A glimpse into nature that most of us don’t get to see enough of.

    I have been seeing a lot of supposedly live cams on Facebook of the eagles in Florida but several of them end up just being recordings and aren’t live cams. So I found the link from the sponsors of the live cameras which is Pritchett Real Estate out of Florida and decided to add the live Eagle Cam to the site so that we know it’s live.

    A big Thank You to Pritchett Real Estate for doing and sharing the live eagle cam with all of us. Enjoy and Warning, it’s addictive. Has the second eagle egg hatched yet 😉

    Watching the Live Eagle Camera in Florida

    You should have two choices of views on the live Eagle cams in Florida. If you scroll over the video once you start the live camera you will see an arrow pointing in both directions. If you click on that it will give you the option of watching the Eagles with the Eaglet and the egg close up or a choice of a wide view of what is going on around the Eagles nest.

    Sometimes the wide view during the daytime will show the eagle that isn’t in the nest just hanging around and keeping an eye on the nest. I prefer the close up of the baby eagle (Eaglet) and the egg but that’s up to you. All in all, it’s as cool as it can get watching our nations birds in their natural habitat :)

    Fun Fact: The Bald Eagle. The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it’s native to North America.

    Sources:

    statesymbolsusa.org
    Dick Pritchett Real Estate, Inc