All posts for the month December, 2010

It’s about 1:30 am here in DaCuse. Cold, windy with light steady snow. What’s it doing in your neck of the woods???

I’ve been keeping an eye on NOAA and on some of the weather websites today. I was thinking and maybe even hoping we were going to have a repeat of last weeks snow with perhaps Syracuse and Rochester making out pretty good again with this round. :)

The snow predictions seem like they have been going up and down for a good part of yesterday so in my opinion I think it’s still up in the air as to who will get what and how much? I’m still liking Rochester as the winner of this round but Syracuse may be able to hold them off as far as totals go thru Thursday. Buffalo looked like they were getting some snow earlier? Albany is most likely to finally add something to their snow totals. Something they haven’t been able to do since they started up the 2010 – 2011 Golden Snowball contest.

More to come in the morning and it will be interesting to see what happened overnight.

Good luck saying that title 5 times fast! :)

This is my first post as a contributor to the site, so I figured what better way to celebrate than a look back at the last storm.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm produced the fourth highest snowfall totals in any four day period on record. Below are the top 4 four day totals, with the last date in the four day period in parenthesis.

44.6 inches (2/1/1966)
44.5 inches (3/14/1993)
44.3 inches (1/31/1966)
43.2 inches (12/8/2010)

I find it a bit interesting that the three higher amounts are all in the later portion of the season. So, in other words, this the highest amount of snow Syracuse has ever had in a four day period this early in the season.

It was also the 6th highest 5 day total, and the 5th highest 3 day total.

It snowed continuously from 6:16 AM December 4th to 8:10 AM December 8th. That’s a total of 97 hours and 54 minutes.

Oh yeah, more snow is expected toward the later part of the weekend, and the early part of next week.

Is Buffalo’s snowiest season for all GSB cities (199.4 in 1976-1977) in trouble? Obviously, it’s way too early to tell, but Syracuse is already about a quarter of the way there.

By the way, Winter has not officially begun yet. That’s December 21st, almost 2 weeks away.

I’m looking out the window and I’m seeing something that has been missing for about a week now. Blue sky’s! Not a single snowflake is falling here in Syracuse and we’ll see how long that lasts. What a difference 4 – 5 days make in the great snow race called Golden Snowball.

Albany started off this season back around Nov 7th – 8th with 1.3 inches of snow and hasn’t added to their totals since. Then come around Nov. 27th Buffalo grabbed the lead with 1.6 inches of snow total. Rochester decided to take over the snowfall lead around Dec. 5th – 6th and got to enjoy it for about a day before Syracuse said in a nice way of course, “step aside please and thank you very much”. OK, Isaid that and not Syracuse :)

Syracuse gained the lead with some record breaking snowfall. Three days straight they set a daily record for snow totals including yesterday picking up 14.9 inches of snow beating the old record of 8.9 set back in 1961. Way to go ‘Cuse!!!

Right now all of the cities are ahead of their average snowfall for this time in the snow season and are blowing away last years snow totals. Syracuse stands out of course with probably 4 feet more of snow falling compared to last season. The overnight totals still haven’t been added.

A storm is heading our way in the next few days and it will be interesting to see which city makes out the best with it. I have a feeling it will be more westerly winds and predict advantage Buffalo and Rochester. Just a hunch or maybe wishful thinking after shoveling about 8 times so far this week. So does the Syracuse lead make it a lock for Syracuse once again? No way, it’s not even close to being over. As a matter of fact the snow season is just beginning :))

Hey, have a super day all!

5:00 PM UpdateNOAA just came out with the late afternoon snow stats for today. Syracuse set another snowfall record for the date with 10.2 inches so far today breaking the old record of 8.9 set back in 1961. Syracuse is sitting at 41.9 inches on the season. Rochester picked up close to a couple more inches and that’s about it for the other GSB cities.
It’s been snowing non stop for probably 4 days now in the Syracuse area and Rochester and Binghamton aren’t doing too bad either. The shoveling is definitely starting to get old even for us snow lovers. Syracuse set another date record with 9.3 inches of snow breaking the old record of 7 inches set back in 1958. The Rock just missed setting one. If I were to guess, I think Syracuse will have about another foot or so of snow to add come the next update or the one after that.

I shoveled about 6 inches late last night/early morning as it was snowing about 2 inches an hour. By the time I was done it looked like I never shoveled. Wake up this morning and it’s still snowing and to be honest I’m loving it. Well give me about 20 minutes when I go out to shovel again and I’ll probably change my tune for a little while anyways.

Syracuse Snow Around 12:30 Today

Tired of Cleaning the Snow Off Your Car – It Could Be Worse

It’s way too early into the snow season to even think this will be a run away snow contest. Rochester and Binghamton have been getting the snow too and I know Buffalo will be jumping in sometime soon. One of our visitors Charles mentioned the possibility of a big storm coming early next week and I heard the same. Can it get any better than it’s been the last 4 days??? We can only hope.

Here are some snow stats for yesterday:

Syracuse – 9.3 Record
Rochester – 7.4
Binghamton – 4.8

We have another lead change (LC) after yesterdays totals were updated. Syracuse set a date record picking up 12.2 inches of the white fluffy stuff passing the old snow record of 8.8 inches that was set in 2000. Binghamton also set a date record piling up 9.1 inches of snow breaking their old record of 8.5 set in 2003 and moved into second place. Buffalo is reporting 5.8 inches, Rochester 5.2 and Albany isn’t reporting at all :)

These are the stats as of yesterday and there is still a lot of inches to add to the city totals including the overnight snowfall. With the exception of Albany all of the Golden Snowball cities are above their normal snowfall averages and are blowing away last seasons totals. Pretty good numbers for the slow start that we all got off to. I’ll get a late afternoon/evening update in when the new totals come out. I also did a late night update on the national snow contest last night and I am about to update the top 10. That contest is also getting pretty interesting and I’m liking the way the NY cities are looking right now :)

Have a great day all and take it slow on the slippery roads.

Update 9:45 PM:

Just a heads up that we have had another lead change but I’ll wait until tomorrow to change the stats. As of around 4:pm Buffalo grabbed the lead from Rochester and Syracuse moved into second, Bingo jumped to 3rd place and the Rock sits in 4th now. At least 3 of the cities, maybe 4 may set a snow record for the date. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top come morning. I’m off to shovel.

Current Seasons Totals as of 4 – 5 PM

Buffalo – 17.0
Syracuse – 14.4
Binghamton – 13.7
Rochester – 13.4
Albany – Enough said :)


The snow totals are in from yesterday and Rochester is the King of the Snow Hill. They slid past Buffalo by only .05 but enough to get them on top and they are the first GSB city to reach the one foot of snow mark.. It will be interesting to see if they hold the lead through the next update because some of the overnight snowfall hasn’t been reported yet.

Yesterday’s Snow Stats According to NOAA:

Rochester – 8.3
Syracuse – 6.8
Binghamton – 6.2
Buffalo – .7
Albany – Trace

Here in the Syracuse area I just shoveled about 5 inches of settled snow. We’ll see what NOAA comes out with later in the day or evening for the GSB cities. So far there have been 3 Leaders this season. Albany started the season out, Buffalo grabbed the lead from them and now Rochester takes over as the possible snow champion. I think it’s going to be a fun and exciting season and I’ll be posting the Golden Snowball winter outlook forecast sometime in the near future. I know everyone just can’t wait for that post, Not.

Have a great day all!