golden snowball contest

A BIG thanks to Lawrence R. from N.Syracuse for making a donation to the site and to me. Again it couldn’t have come come at a better time and helped out a lot. Thanks Lawrence for taking the time and Merry Christmas…

My family has always been about spreading tradition to different generations and it’s what I love the most about the Christmas holidays. I love watching our family coming together and sharing the same traditions that has gone on in our family for many decades.

I think this is one of the reasons I love this song so much. Two different generations so far apart and two different cultures so far apart that come together for the holidays.

It also brings to mind another favorite song by John Lennon, Imagine. Wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t just the for holidays and was year round that all of us could come togehter across the globe. JMO!

From my family to yours we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and what ever it is that you celebrate during this time of the season. For myself and my family it’s Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the time spent with your family my friends and have a Very Merry Christmas ūüėČ

According to section 13, rule #6 – the snow contest will end on the last day of April it’s time to yell out those famous words,¬†IT’S A WRAP.¬† Congratulations Syracuse on winning the 2013 – 2014 Golden Snowball Contest.¬† WTG Syracuse!¬†:)

I have to give Kudos to Buffalo who came up just a little over a couple of inches short this season.¬† This seasons snow¬†contest was the closest it’s been since the resurrection of the Golden Snowball contest.¬† The next closest snow race was back in the 2007 – 2008 when Syracuse bested Rochester by just 3.1 inches of snow.

This seasons victory gives Syracuse it’s second consecutive win since being topped by Rochester in the 2011 – 2012 snow season.¬† I was thinking that Buffalo was going to slip ahead a few times at the end but they just couldn’t pull a couple of more inches from Father Winter.¬†¬†Buffalo’s last couple of seasons have been pretty wimpy as far as snow goes but this season was their highest snow total since the 2001 – 2002 season.

OK, as for section 13, rule #6, Nah, doesn’t exist although I kind of wish it did.¬† Several years back we agreed that the contest would be called on May 1st no matter how close the race is.¬† You can read my thoughts on that in a post below.¬† I did call two of the stations with the National Weather Service to get a little bit of input last night.¬† Both agreed that the chances are pretty slim that Buffalo will get more than a couple of inches this late in the year.¬† Buffalo has only had 4 seasons out of something like the past 130 years where they received over 2 inches in May.¬† One of the guys said it was probably less that a 5% chance of it happening and the last time was in 1989.¬† Of course now that I said that we all know it will happen.¬† Let’s hope not and let’s hope we all move into the nice warm, sunny weather pattern for the summer.

Thanks to all of you who visited the GSB site this season and a Big Thanks to those of you who took the time to drop some of your hard earned money by leaving a donation to the site.¬† I truly appreciate it ūüėȬ† A big Thanks also to the media, Sean and the others who cover the snow contest each season to make it grow every year.

You may want to check out the National Snow Contest at

A Big Congrats to Syracuse, Winner of the 2013 Р2014 Golden Snowball Trophy!  Have an awesome spring and summer everyone.

First off a BIG Thanks to Margaret S. for your kind donation to the site.  I can never say it enough times how much they are appreciated, help and mean to me.  Thank You Margaret :)


Syracuse has added a few snowflakes to widen their lead on second place Buffalo.¬† Syracuse now leads by 7.2 inches as of the last update.¬† Don’t worry Buffalo fans, there is still plenty of time left to catch Syracuse and win the Golden Snowball trophy.¬† It seems like every time I look at the radar something is falling in Buffalo.¬† Hopefully they keep the pressure on Syracuse.¬† Buffalo is also doing good this season in the National Snow Contest Here.

Rochester managed to slip and slide past Binghamton the last update and are now in third place. I want to say that Rochester is having a bad year as far as snow goes but they are actually over their average snow totals for where they should be for this time in the season.

Now while I was sleeping and I don’t know how I missed this Buffalo and Albany slid past what their snow totals for the entire season. Buffalo has 106.1 inches of snow right now and what they get on average for the entire season is 94.7. Albany is at 65.2 right now and their entire season averages 59.1. Way to go Buffalo and Albany on being the first cities to go over you seasonal totals. Binghamton most likely is next needing only 0.8 inches to pass their normal. Of course this season I don’t think anything has been too normal across the country as far as snow and cold goes.

Updated 2/27 6:00 PM – Buffalo took this last round and closed in on¬†the 6 inch lead that Syracuse had.¬† As of right now Buffalo only trails last seasons snow champ by 2 inches.¬† It doesn’t get much closer than that.¬† Go Buffalo :)


Syracuse has added a few more snowflakes to their snow totals but Buffalo doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Right now it’s just a 6 inch lead for the defending snow champs Syracuse which we all know is nothing at this time in the snow season. That lead could change with just one snow event hitting Buffalo and missing Syracuse. Unfortunately for Buffalo is that they have been stuck at 99.1 inches for awhile now. The same thing happened to Syracuse when they were stuck at 99.9 inches.

One thing that has stood out the last couple of updates is the difference in snow totals for all of the cities from this snow season to last seasons. Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany really stand out and what a difference a season makes. Buffalo as of today has 99.1 inches of snow compared to last season at this time when they had only 47.6 inches. That’s 51.5 inches of snow more than they did this time last season. What they are over so far is more than what Buffalo had last season :) Plus Buffalo is 22 inches over their normal snow totals for this date.

Albany and Binghamton both stand out also. Albany has 37.9 inches of snow more than this time last season and Binghamton has 31.6 inches more than last season. Both cities are also just about 20 inches over their normal snowfall to date. Syracuse and Rochester are right around their normal snowfall for this time in the season give or take a few inches.

I was reading around the NOAA website and it’s looking like the long term, next 10 days or so are suppose to be colder than normal. Just what we want to hear huh? Plus I was reading something about some possible storms for the beginning of March. It’s way too early for the National Weather Service to predict that far out but as we get closer to March it may get interesting in the Golden Snowball contest. Is anyone ready for Spring yet? Hopefully come April ūüėČ

Have a Great Day All :)

Updated 12/15 8:30 PM – Hold the press!¬† That was a short lived lead for Syracuse.¬† The last update from NOAA shows that Buffalo has taken the lead by 1 snowflake or a tenth of an inch.¬† Really, it’s Buffalo on top, for a little while anyways but it’s nice to see them in the top spot.¬† There is a good chance that come morning there may be another lead change for the fact that Rochester wasn’t showing any new stats for whatever reason.¬† Stay Tuned and WTG Buffalo.¬† Could this be their season that they take the trophy?

Updated 12/15 10:00 AM – Syracuse has taken the lead from The Roc who is now tied¬†with Buffalo for second.¬† It’s Syracuse on the top of the snow hill¬†but only by an inch.¬† I’m loving how 4 of the Golden Snowball cities are keeping up with each other and keeping it close so far this season :)

When I was doing this update I was actually pulling for Buffalo believe it or not because it seems like it’s been quite awhile since they have been able to hold onto the lead.¬† All is pretty quiet right now and we’ll see what the later day update has to show as far as snow totals go.



First off sorry about the lack of updates the last couple of days.¬† I’ve been still moving and didn’t have internet access other then the local library and time is limited there so I had to work on some of my other sites that pay the bills.¬† Also a Thanks to someone who donated to the website but didn’t want her name listed.¬† I do appreciate the kindness and your donation.¬† Thank You :)

OK, I received an email that I can’t find now but I think it was from maybe Dave¬†pointing out that Buffalo jumped ahead of Syracuse.¬† I’m not sure if they will be ahead come morning but they are up a couple of flakes right now..¬† Thanks for the heads up :)

It’s bedtime here for now and I’ll get another update in come tomorrow morning and hopefully a full update also on the National Snow contest.

Rochester picked up 3.7 inches of snow yesterday which was enough for them to slip past Syracuse for the top spot on the snow hill.  Way to go Rochester :)  Snow is in the air and will be for at least the next couple of days so the snow contest will get interesting.

All of the Golden Snowball cities except for Syracuse received measurable snowfall yesterday including Albany which had 0,6 inches of new snow.  Buffalo got 1.1 inches but Binghamton grabbed 1.7 inches of snow yesterday which was enough to keep them just ahead of Buffalo on the snow hill.  Just a trace for Syracuse.

With the Lake Effect Machine already cranked up and dumping a lot of snow to the North it should be a good snowball fight this week between the GSB cities for the top spot.¬† I’ll be posting the snow stats as they come in from the National Weather Service and as always, See Snow, Drive Slow!

Have a Great Day All ūüėČ