All posts for the month February, 2011

I think right about now some of us are feeling a bit tired of the snow. Below is a Cute story that has been going around the internet for a couple of years now about the weather in Good Ole New York State and is one of my favorites. It makes me wonder if someone from the south of Buffalo or the north of Syracuse isn’t thinking this right now. Author unknown!

Dear Diary

August 12th – Moved to our new home in New York. It is so beautiful here. The mountains are so majestic, can hardly wait to see snow covering them.

October 14th – New York is the most beautiful place on earth. The leaves are all turned colors with shades of red and orange. Went for a ride through the beautiful mountains and saw some deer. They were so graceful. Certainly they are the most wonderful animal on earth. This must be paradise. I love it here.

November 11th – Deer season will start soon. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to kill such a gorgeous creature. Hope it will snow soon.

December 2nd – It snowed last night. Woke up to find everything blanketed with white snow. It looks like a postcard. We went outside and cleaned the snow off the steps and shoveled the driveway. We had a snowball fight (I won) and when the snowplow came by, we had to shovel the driveway again. What a beautiful place, I love New York.

December 12th – More snow last night. I love it. The snowplow did his trick again to the driveway. I love it here in New York.

December 19th – More snow last night. I couldn’t get out of the driveway to get to work. I am exhausted from shoveling. Dumb snowplow.

December 22nd – More STUPID snow last night. I’ve got blisters on my hands from shoveling and I think the snowplow hides around the curve and waits until I’m done shoveling the driveway. The JERK!

December 25th – Merry Christmas. More STUPID snow! If I ever get my hands on that STUPID JERK who drives the snowplow, I swear I’ll kill the driver. Don’t know why they don’t use more salt on the roads to melt the darn ice.

December 27th – More snow fell last night. I’ve been inside for three days except for shoveling out the driveway after that snowplow goes through. Can’t go anywhere; car’s stuck in a mountain of snow. The weatherman says to expect another 10″ of snow again tonight. Do you know how many shovels full of snow 10″ is?

December 28th – The darned weatherman was wrong again! We got 34″ of snow this time. At this rate it won’t melt before the summer. The snowplow got stuck in the road and that STUPID JERK had the nerve to come to the door and ask to borrow my shovel. After I told him I had broken six shovels already shoveling all the snow he pushed into the driveway, I broke my last one over his STUPID head!

January 4th – Finally got out of the house today. Went to the store to get some food and on the way back a darned deer ran in front of the car and I hit it. It did about $3000.00 dollars worth of damage to the car. Those beasts should be killed. Wish the hunters would have gotten them all last November.

May 3rd – Took the car to the garage in town. Would you believe the thing is rusting out from the STUPID salt they put all over the roads.

May 10th – Moved to Florida. I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would ever live in that god forsaken state of New York.

Gotta Love New York!!!

This weekend’s outlook is a bit of a modification on one done earlier. More details are available after the look back at the last forecast.

The January 21-23 forecast involved low temperatures for the weekend in all 5 GSB cities. Below are their coldest lows of the weekend.

Albany: -6 (11:59pm Jan 23)
Binghamton: -4 (11:59pm Jan 23)
Buffalo: -5 (10:47pm Jan 23)
Rochester: -8 (11:59pm Jan 23)
Syracuse: -5 (11:48pm Jan 23)

Bull’s Eye: All five GSB cities will have low temperatures below 0 this weekend.
On Target: Three or four of the GSB cities will have low temperatures below 0 this weekend.
Complete Miss: Two or fewer of the GSB cities will have low temperatures below 0 this weekend.

All five were below 0 late Sunday, so the forecast was a Bull’s Eye.

In all, it was a solid weekend as the Bull’s Eye here was matched with an On Target forecast over on GSG. As a result, both site are at 1 each Bull’s Eye, On Target and Complete Miss, giving me an average of 1.00 for the season.

Now onto this weekend’s outlook. Snow showers seem to be in store for the southern and eastern portions of the state, so Albany and Binghamton should have more snow than the other three GSB cities this weekend.

Bull’s Eye: Albany and Binghamton combine for more snow than the other three GSB cities’ combined total.
On Target: Albany and Binghamton have more snow than the other three GSB cities.
Complete Miss: Albany or Binghamton have less snow than at least one of the other GSB cities.

Be sure to check out the Golden Snow Globe site for that forecast update. Have a great weekend everyone!

It’s February, so it’s time for a new edition of Shot In The Dark Forecasts. This month’s focus is on milestones for some cities. But before we get into that, it’s a look back at January.

January’s outlook was based on snowfall for Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo, compared to the start of the season. Below are the month’s totals, with snowfall in the beginning of the season in parenthesis.

Albany: 34.4 (13.0)
Binghamton: 25.0 (33.2)
Buffalo: 29.8 (33.6)

Bull’s Eye: Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo will at least double their current snowfall totals by month’s end.
On Target: 2 of the three double their current snowfall totals.
Complete Miss: 1 or fewer double their current snowfall totals.

Albany was the only one that had more snow in January than the start, so it was a Complete Miss. If only Binghamton and Buffalo could have kept up with Albany. 😉

While this one was a Complete Miss, the GSG forecast was a Bull’s Eye. As a result, my average is at 1.00, exactly the goal set at the start.

Now onto this month’s outlook. Since January focused on Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo, February will be about Rochester and Syracuse. For the month, Rochester averages about 20 inches while Syracuse averages about 24. These averages would put Rochester at about 100 inches, with Syracuse at around 140. I believe Rochester will reach the 100 mark, and Syracuse could see 150, by month’s end.

Bull’s Eye: Rochester reaches 100, and Syracuse hits 150, by the end of the month.
On Target: Rochester reaches 100 by the end of the month.
Complete Miss: Rochester stays under 100 at the end of the month.

Be sure to check out the Golden Snow Globe site to see that edition as well. I will resume the Point Blank Range Forecasts tomorrow.

10 PM Update – All is quiet in the Syracuse area. Any guesstimates for how the cities will do?? Mine are:

Buffalo – 19
Rochester – 16
Albany – 13
Syracuse – 9
Binghamton – 5

Leave your guestimates in the comments area.

*** For DOUG – I’ll get back on track and Goooo CUSE!!!!


Snow Storm warnings are posted for something like a third of the country and New York state is included. January is finally over and if the way February is coming in is any idea of how the rest of the month will be it could be a long one.

Most of the forecasts are calling for up to 18 inches of snow in the next couple of days with most of it falling late tonight and early tomorrow. This could be a chance for one of the cities to move a little closer to Syracuse. More to come! Here is how January snowed out in the GSB cities.

Syracuse – 43.4
Albany – 34.4
Rochester – 31.7
Buffalo – 29.8
Binghamton – 25.0

Have a Great Day and Drive Carefully! See Snow – Drive Slow!