Golden Snowball

First, as always a big Thanks goes out to Xu Lailuyun for your donation to the snow site this season. Thanks for taking the time and they really do help. Thanks, Xu 😉
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OK, only 3 days left for the cities in the Golden Snowball snow contest to catch the defending snow champs, Syracuse. Yeah I know, it’s not going to happen and it’s been pretty much over for the last month or two. What a boring snow contest it has been this season :(

The snow contest ends on the last day of April which is coming up. Of course, if any of the cities decided to get more snow after that date I’m pretty sure we would add it to the totals but it would probably take an executive order from one of the Mayors from one of the cities to overturn this. I’m pretty sure that almost all of you out there aren’t hoping for more snow though :)

I do want to apologize for the lack of posts this snow season. I was able to keep the snow stats updated throughout the season but had a really hard time finding time to do as many posts as I normally do each season so I am sorry for that. The reason for that was a change in my living conditions and a couple of health problems. Nothing major and I also appreciate the several emails I’ve received this season from some of you asking if everthing was OK. Thanks!

The other reason for the lack of posts was the lack of snow. Wow, what a wimpy winter snow season we have all had this season. It’s hard to blog about snow when there wasn’t any most of the time. I think this will be the second lowest snow totals that a winning city will have since I started up the Golden Snowball website to keep track of the snow stats.

Stay tuned for the “It’s a Wrap” post come May 1st for the New York snow contest. I may have to wait a little longer for the National snow contest over at the Golden Snow Globe website.

Have a Great Day All!

Snow Storm Padding Buffalo and Rochester’s Snow Totals

Stay Safe All! Rochester and Buffalo are both making a charge to the top of the Golden Snowball snow hill. I don’t think either city will have enough to make Syracuse slide off the top right now but man, they sure will have enough snow to pick another snowball fight with Syracuse in the near future. Then again, who knows because I’m normally wrong 😉

Both Rochester and Buffalo have been getting snow and a lot of it as of last night and today and it’s still snowing in both places. From reading posts and tweets online, believe it or not, it is looking pretty good that Rochester may slide past Buffalo when all of the snowflakes are added up.

Some Snow Totals From Storm So Far

As of yesterday’s update, Rochester was trailing Buffalo by 4.5 inches of snow this season. Both cities were trailing Syracuse by 20 + inches of snow but that is going to change as soon as the next update from the NWS comes out this afternoon.

I believe that Syracuse will have some snow to add by the time this storm is over but Syracuse got the warm side of the storm picking up a lot of rain instead of snow. No doubt the snow contest just got a lot more exciting than it has been this season so far with this latest storm.

Here are some unofficial snow stats so far for Rochester and Buffalo according to a tweet on TJ Pignataro’s twitter, who writes for The Buffalo News – NWS update from last hour: Buffalo (+7.9″) is now at 43.1″ for the season. Rochester (+16.3″) is at 47.0″. It is looking good for Rochester to overtake Buffalo for the second place slot in the snow contest. Better yet though it is looking pretty good that both cities will melt some snow totals off of Syracuse’s lead they have.

Snowiest City in The US Snow Contest

Wait, it gets even better for those of you who also follow the National snow contest for Snowiest Big Cities in the US. Both Rochester and Buffalo should make a pretty good charge up the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain come the next update. As of yesterday, Buffalo was in 10th place and Rochester all the way down in 17th place. I think both cities come tomorrow will be really close at breaking into the Top 5 of the contest for snowiest Big cities in the country.

Stay Safe all and take it slow – See Snow – Drive Slow! Have an awesome day and stay tuned for the afternoon update.

First as always I want to give a big Thanks to those of you who have donated to the snow site. They really helped out a lot and I appreciate them. Thank You Adam B., Kerry H. and Keith S. for taking the time 😉
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OK, I know Buffalo and Rochester still trail Syracuse by 20 plus inches of snow this season but it looks like Buffalo may be closing the snow gap come the next update. I’m not sure about Rochester though.

Syracuse should be adding a little to their snow totals when the evening update is posted by the National Weather Service but I have a feeling Buffalo will be adding a lot more. I took a peek at the radar this morning before I headed to bed and it looked like some decent Lake Effect snow was just getting ready to head into Buffalo. I’m not sure how long it lasted but it looked like a decent snow band.

I’m looking at the radar right now and it looks like another band of Lake Effect is getting ready to drop down into Buffalo again. It should be interesting to see if Buffalo can get enough snow to make the snow contest close again. Let’s face it, it’s just not as much fun unless there is a snowball fight going on at the top of the snow hill.

All of the cities continue to be wayyy behind what their average snowfall to date should be right now. All of the cities are also way behind what they had at this time last season which the numbers above show. Luckily there is a lot of time left in the 2015-2016 snow season and I’m sure that makes everyone happy :) Stay Tuned for another update a little later and try to stay warm.

Have an Awesome Day!

First as always I want to give a Big thanks to Christopher A. for taking the time to make a donation to the snow site. It helps out more than I can express Christopher, Thank You :)

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Of course, I am joking about the snow contest being canceled due to lack of snow this season but Wow, it’s kind of tough to have a snow contest when there isn’t a whole lot of snow falling in the cities that are in the Golden Snowball contest. I already did one snow dance this season which didn’t work :( I guess El Nino is a little more powerful that my snow dances. I do still have one left, maybe two but I think I will save them seeing how it looks like warmer air will be moving into The CNY/Western NY area soon from what I have been reading.

As I mentioned in a previous post, sorry for the lack of blogging but there really isn’t a lot to blog about. I suppose I could blog about my personal life but that’s more boring than this season’s snow contest is so that won’t work. How boring is the snow contest? Below are some snow totals comparing this season’s snow for all of the cities so far to date and what the normal snowfall should be for this time in the season and also the difference between the 2014-2015 snow season and this season, 2015-2016.

Syracuse right now has a deficit of -32.4 inches of snow compared to what they should have right now. On a good note, Syracuse is only minus 1.4 inches of snow compared to this time last season. In other words, there is still some hope in saving this season because Syracuse did get it going last season and finished the 2014-2015 snow season with 119.7 inches :) Just under what their seasonal snow totals should be on average which is 123.8.

Buffalo which is in second place right now and trailing Syracuse by around 15 inches of snow this last update is -33.3 inches behind where they should be for this time in the snow season on average. Compared to last season Buffalo is -28.4 inches behind what they had at this time last season. Luckily the lakes are still open for business as far as cranking out some lake effect snowfall. Just need to keep the cold air around and get a little shift in the winds compared to how they have been. One good storm and Buffalo catches up as long as it misses the other cities.

Rochester, like all of the Golden Snowball cities is also way behind what their normal snowfall should be at this time in the season. Rochester has a snow deficit of -32.3 inches of snow compared to what their normal snowfall should be at this time. Last season Rochester had 40.7 inches of snow to date compared to only 22.5 inches so far for a deficit of -18.2 inches so far this season.

Binghamton has -31.3 inches less snow this season to date than what they normally should have. Of course we all know there is no such thing as normal when it comes to snow in NY :) Binghamton has -26.4 inches less snow at this time compared to last season.

Then there is Albany, enough said 😛 OK, Albany is behind 27.6 inches compared to what they average for this time in the snow season and Albany has -31.9 inches less snow this season compared to last season to date.

It’s been a pretty weird, boring snow season so far as far as the Golden Snowball contest goes to say the least. Like I mentioned, the lakes are still open for business, the lake effect snow machines just waiting to crank up. Maybe I should change the snow dance to an Artic Air dance 😉

The Golden Snow Globe snow contest is starting to get exciting with cities from many different states in the Top 25. Visit the National Snow Contest Here!

Have a Great Day Everyone 😉

Buffalo has been closing in on Syracuse the last few days but looking at the radar right now and the snow falling it looks like it may be advantage Syracuse. A lake effect snow band has been hitting Syracuse off and on while it looks like the snow band off of Lake Erie has been hanging to the south of Buffalo. Who is getting snow right now?

It also looks like The Roc is getting some snow from a decent snow band around the Rochester area right now. It will be interesting to see if Rochester can catch up a little with the snow that is falling and expected to fall there today and tomorrow.

Syracuse and Buffalo both finally hit the two feet of snow mark yesterday and it’s still hard to believe that it didn’t happen this season until January 17th. All 5 of the Golden Snowball cities are still well behind their average snow totals for this time in the season but today’s snow could change that for a couple of the cities.

Rochester and Binghamton have been quiet so far this season but from reading around and looking at the radar it looks like Rochester is going to tap into some decent lake effect snow also if they haven’t already. Rochester and Binghamton are both under a foot of snow for the season as of the last update which doesn’t include the overnight snow. Then there is Albany, enough said 😉

Keep checking your local forecasts for today and tomorrow because the National Weather Service has several watches and warnings out for some of the cities. Syracuse is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

Rochester is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from January 18, 07:00 AM EST until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

A Big Thank You to John F. for your recent donation to the snow site. As always, your donations help offset some costs and time spent on the snow site. Thanks John :)

Stay tuned for another update when the new snow stats come out a little bit later today. No doubt it will be interesting to see what the cities have gotten so far :)

Updated 1/12 7:00 PM – As expected from the earlier post, Buffalo has broken the tie between they had with Syracuse as of this last update. Buffalo has passed Syracuse to sit alone at the top of the Golden Snowball Hill. WTG Buffalo!

Below are the snow totals so far for today as of 4:00 to 5:00 PM from the National Weather Service:

Buffalo – 1.3 inches
Binghamton – 0.7
Syracuse – 0.2 inches
Rochester – 0.2
Albany – Not Reporting as Normal :(

No doubt there is a lot of snow left to come down in the next 24 hours. It’s going to be interesting to see which city come out on top so stay tuned and take it slow on the roads folks 😉
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1/12 1:00 PM – OK, I think the word the phrase “sleds into first” is overdoing it a bit but Buffalo is now in a tie with Syracuse in the snow contest. Buffalo added 2.2 inches of new snow yesterday to share the top spot with Syracuse on the Golden Snowball snow mountain. WTG Buffalo :)

I think the tie between Buffalo and Syracuse will be short lived though. I’ve been looking around and seeing some pictures of some whiteouts in Buffalo just a little while ago. I’m guessing come the early evening update a little bit later Buffalo will probably own the top of the snow hill. It will be interesting to see if Rochester or Syracuse can keep up but I don’t think they will this round anyways.

Come the end of tomorrow from what I have been reading, I think it’s anyone’s guess as to which city will be in 1st place. Most likely it will be either Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse. Below are some links to the NWS site that has the latest weather for you city. Remember, I am clueless and just pretend to know what I am talking about. Always check with the Pros for your latest weather forecasts 😉

Syracuse is going to be under a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 7 PM tonight(Tuesday) until 7 PM Wednesday night so they should be adding hopefully quite a bit to their snow totals. More Info Here National Weather Service Syracuse Snow

Buffalo is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning right now which goes until 10 PM tonight. You can check that warning out here to keep up to date Lake Effect Snow Warning for Buffalo

Rochester at last check is getting some decent snow squalls but so far no warnings have been issued. You can check out the latest weather watches and warnings for Rochester at The National Weather Service

So far there hasn’t been a lot going on other than light snow in Binghamton and you can stay up to date on Binghamton at the Binghamton Weather Statements and Warnings For Albany check out The National Weather Service for Albany here.

I know I haven’t been blogging much this season but lets face it, this snow season has been pretty boring and there really hasn’t been much to talk about until this week. I suppose I could blog about my personal life but Trust Me, that’s more boring than the snow season has been.

The National snow contest has been going pretty strong and it will be interesting to see if any of the NY cities can break into the top 25 this week. You can check out the Golden Snow Globe National Snow Contest Here!

Have a Great Day Eveyone and drive safe. See Snow – Drive Slow 😉