The Golden Snowball Award is a contest between 5 cities in CNY – Upstate New York. The contest is based on which city receives the most snowfall for the snow season. The cities that compete are Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Rochester and last years Champion, Syracuse." A trophy is awarded to the winning city every year.
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.
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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
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.
Have a Great Day All and GO SU ORANGE BASKETBALL TODAY
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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!
Binghamton has jumped ahead of Buffalo this last update but only by a few flakes. Most of the Golden Snowball cities are now right around their normal snowfall averages for this time in the season and are starting to get a good jump on how much snow we had this time last year.
A couple of the cities, Syracuse and Rochester are more than a foot of snow above last season at this time. If my math is right and remember it’s me and I tend to use fuzzy math although not on purpose here are the differences from last season for the GSB cities.
It’s been so quiet this past week so that’s about all I got to post about. With this current storm that is hitting the east coast it could be interesting to see what tomorrow brings. In the mean time I did get a full update in on the National Snow Contest today at www.goldensnowglobe.com .
I just updated the new snow stats from the National weather service and Rochester has taken back the top of the snow mountain from Syracuse with this last snow storm. Well snow storm for some of you but more of a rain storm here in Da’Cuse Congrats to Rochester and let’s hope the snow contest goes like this right to the end of the 2013 – 2014 snow season. Buffalo has even gotten in on this snowfall which is good considering the wimpy winters they have had the last couple of seasons Here are the totals so far which include yesterday and the snow being reported so far today. Let’s see how long The Rock can hold onto the now lead…
Although Frank and I both had Rochester winning this round it’s looking like M. Creek is going to win this guesstimate game easily unless some snow starts falling fast and hard. WTG
I wanted to get an update in tonight on the National Snow contest over at www.goldensnowglobe.com but with the SU Basketball game coming on in a couple of hours I don’t think it’s going to happen unless it’s really late tonight. I will see if I can at least get a top 10 done over there though.
10:00 AM Wednesday - So far a dud here in the Syracuse area but some of the other cities are getting some snow and from the sounds of things the storm isn’t over yet. Here is what the National Weather Service is reporting for yesterday and I believe this doesn’t include the overnight snow which will come out later. Syracuse ended up getting a lot of rain rather than snow. Look for another update as the snow stats come in.
12:16 am Wednesday 11/27/13 – Just a heads up that I’ll probably just keep updating this post as to what’s going on. So far tonight for the last couple of hours it’s been just rain with a mix of sleet every now and then in the Syracuse area. More to come in the morning
It’s starting to look more and more like the storm they have been talking about is going to actually pan out. They were thinking several days ago that it may have stayed more toward the coast but it is on more of an inland track now and the chances are that at least a few of the Golden Snowball cities will get a decent amount of snow from this storm. I’m starting to think that Rochester is going to be the King Snowman for this storm and perhaps so far this season.
OK, does anyone have any estimates for this storm? Let’s say from the start to finish and we’ll call the finish date Thursday at 11:59 PM just in case some lake effect snow gets drawn into the cities when this pulls out.. The normal prize will be a lot of Notta as in Notta Thing other than a virtual pat on the back for calling it right. The person closests to the snow total for all of the cities snow added up wins. My guesstimate is below and you can post yours in the comments section anytime before midnight tonight, Tuesday.
Normally I love a good storm but I really do wish or hope that they don’t happen during the holiday travel times. Unfortunately this storm most likely will effect quite a few people that will be traveling on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday. For those of you traveling take it slow and have a safe trip. I know I’ll be worrying about a few of my family members who will be traveling. Take it slow and be prepared
Syracuse was the king snowman yesterday so far picking up 4.5 inches of the white fluffy stuff yesterday. At least I hope it is fluffy and not wet heavy snow because I haven’t shoveled yet. Syracuse tied the date record of 4.5 inches going back to 1981. Albany finally got a peak at some snow picking up 0.4 inches.
Like a little kid I get all excited with the first decent snowfall of the season and went for a ride in the middle of a decent snow band that was hitting. The roads were slick with a few whiteouts from the windy lake effect snow band. I guess that it what makes LES so cool. The way the wind really picks up and how much snow can fall in a short amount of time when the snow band sets up over your house Of course I say I am like a little kid the first snowfall but I’m really like a little kid every time a storm or good lake effect snow hits. OK, maybe not so much so come around March when the shoveling starts getting a bit old.
I stayed up until around 2:30 this morning waiting for the new snow totals to come out from NOAA for Buffalo, Rochester and Albany so I would have a nice update this morning for you all buttttt. When the stats came out for those 3 cities all I saw was MM which means that they were missing the data. Wasn’t too happy about that of course and I wasn’t staying up until the 5am update, sorry about that. Then again overall NOAA is awesome with all of the information and stats they collect and post so I’ll stop my whining
The new totals include the snow from yesterday so they will be changing as the snow stats come in today and later tonight. I should be able to get at least one more update in later and we will see if all of the cities have more to add. My guess is they will.
Syracuse finally got some lake effect snow to help push them to the top of the snow hill. So far they are showing 2.5 inches of snowfall for the day to put them at the 3 inch mark. Just enough to take the lead from Binghamton who has been sitting at the top for awhile now.
Snow is still in the forecast so it should be interesting to see what later tonight and tomorrow drops on the Golden Snowball cities. Will Syracuse be able to hold the lead by the time the Lake Effect Machines start slowing down. Should be interesting
Then there is the possibility of a storm hitting the East Coast sometime this week. From what I have been reading the National Weather Service should have some kind of idea toward the end of this weekend as to how that storm will pan out and which cities it may effect. Makes me wonder if Albany may have an advantage with this one if it happens. More updates to come as the snow stats come in from NOAA.
Have a Great Night All
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