Robins and Snowflakes Fill the Sky

First Off as Always – A big Thanks to James M. for your kind donation to the site. As always I cannot say enough how much I appreciate it and how they do offset the costs of the site and time spent on it. It’s nice to know that the site and hours that go into it are appreciated. Thanks again James and to the rest of you who have donated :)

Are you one of those people that the glass is half full or half empty?  If it’s half full then the good news is that I had over 25 Robins flying around the yard today.  The Robins have returned which is a good sign of what is right around the corner :)   The not so good news for those of you with half empty glasses is that they were dodging snowflakes as they were chasing the squirrels away.

The Robins Have Returned

At one point there were about 15 of them digging for worms in a little spot that had some grass showing and of course the snow was all around them.  They must have eaten well on their trip back because they were fat.  Either that or they were all females waiting to lay some eggs sometime soon.  It’s just nice to see them back and rumor has it that come the end of NEXT week we may be turning the page on this winter season.

Syracuse continues to hold the top spot on the snow hill but Buffalo is still just a storm away from them.  I think it’s getting to the point, make that past the point where most people don’t want any more snow.

The National Snow Contest has been really close also with Erie, PA holding the lead for most of the season.  Syracuse was able to tie and then pass them but that only lasted for about a day.  Right now only 2 inches separate the top spot and Buffalo even has a slight chance at being crowned the Snowiest BIG City in the US.  You can check that out at .

Have an Awesome Night All!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

First, a big Thanks to Valerie A. for your kind donation. It means a lot and helps out a lot, Thanks for taking the time Valerie :)
Happy St. Patrick Day to all my Irish visitors and to those of you who celebrate it ;) I was just looking up some of my family’s names to see how we rank in Ireland. I was surprised that our names didn’t rank as high as I thought they would have. I’ll have to check the Canadian French and English version of our names.. How does you name rate?

My Oldest Son Shane Patrick = 11
My Daughter Danielle = 48
My Youngest Christopher Edward = 40
Me, Patrick Christian = 18
My Dad Edward George = 81

Here is a pretty good place I found to check the popularity of your names in Ireland out, both male and female.

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Have a Great St Patty’s Day :)

Sorry About the Snow Updates

First off a Big Thanks to Captain Kev for his donation to the site and good luck with your certification Kevin ;)

OK, Sorry about the updates or should I say lack of updates?  It’s been a busy but fun few days visiting with family and friends during the Christmas holiday and it will be getting even better when My grandson arrives here later on tonight.  I’ll try and get some more updates in as we get ready for the weekend.  A Merry Christmas from my family to yours :)

Have a Great Night All!

Just a Heads up on Comments

Normally I leave the comments sections open for the summer and keep an eye on them.  Most of them are spam and come September, October I find myself having to spend a couple hours going through them and getting rid of most of them :(

Anyways, right now I’m getting hammered by them so I’m going to cut off comments for awhile.  I’m talking about 2000 a day right now and growing.  Isn’t worth trying to block the IP’s because they are always different.

If you do need to get a hold of me for any reason feel free to by using the contact form.  Sorry about any inconvenience and have a fun, sunny summer all :)

It’s a Wrap, Syracuse Once Again Snow Champs

Congratulations Syracuse!!!  It seems like just yesterday that most people were dreading winter and the snow season and now here we are wrapping up the Golden Snowball Contest as we always do on May 1st.  Now we have a whole month or two of warm weather ahead of us before we start thinking about the snow again :)   OK, let’s hope it’s more like 5 - 7 months ahead of us before the word snow is even mentioned.

Last seasons champs Rochester stayed in reach of Syracuse for most of the season but Syracuse was able to get some late season snowfall including 12 inches in April to pull away at the end.  As for how far off the Golden Snowball cities were from their normal averages I would have to say that this was once again a pretty lame season.  Not as bad as last seasons lack of snowfall but when Albany is the city who came closest to their average snow totals you no it was a below average season.

Below are some stats showing the difference between this seasons snowfall and the normal average for all of the GSB cities.  That is providing it doesn’t snow any more ;)   Buffalo’s snow the last couple of seasons definitely has me scratching my head.  36.7 inches last season and only 58.8 inches this season to date :(

Albany - 7.7 inches below normal snow totals.
Syracuse – 8.4 below
Binghamton – 14.3 below
Rochester – 21.4 below
Buffalo – 35.9 below

Last but not least to wrap this season up a quick Thanks to Stephen Ellis who helps out at both and the national snow site  This season Stephen came up with an idea that he borrowed (Stole, shhh) from the weather channel called Fantasy Snowfall.  We gave it a test run this season and hopefully next season we can bring in some more people to make it more fun.  Stephen kicked my butt most likely, always making a big comeback at the end of each month ;)

Thanks to all of you who visit the site and also to all of you who posted comments through the season to make it an even more fun contest to pass the winter by.  This season the Golden Snowball website had well over 100,000 visits.  As always, visits from both snow lovers and snow haters ;)   A big thanks to those of you who were able to donate to the site to help offset some of the out of pocket expenses running the site.  It really does help out a lot :)

A Big Thanks to the journalists from some of the Golden Snowball cities who always have some fun with the contest throughout the season. One that comes to mind is Sean Kirst from the Post standard and who has always written some informative and fun articles about the GSB snow contest.  The main reason our fun snow contest has grown big enough to get some national media exposure.

I’m sure our great Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner will be more than happy to hear that Syracuse has won once again :)   Hey with the lack of snow this season all of the Mayor’s I’m sure are happy for the money they must have saved on their DPW budgets ;)

Congrats again to Syracuse and don’t forget that the National Snow Contest still lives on for a little longer.  I’m hoping to call the Golden Snow Globe Contest in a couple of weeks if the snow has finally stopped falling in most of the states.

Have a Super Awesome Summer Everyone :)

More Snow or Are You Ready for Spring

First Off Thank You Philip G. for your donation.  All of the donations really do help out a lot.

Sorry about the lack of updates the last week but my new love of my life was in town visiting from South/North Carolina :) At the beginning of the snow season I became a Grandpa and when the little one comes to town everything else moves to the back. Unfortunately they went back after a fun weeks visit including the parade last weekend. One good thing is that out of the 3 visits my little buddy made here to Syracuse he got to see snow every time and 2 of the times we had storms. He may have been born in South Carolina but he’ll always have Syracuse in him ;)

OK, on to snow but the problem is there really hasn’t been a whole lot of snow falling in the Golden Snowball cities this past week.  Looking at the snow stats I noticed that Syracuse and Albany at this time last season had all the snow they would get.  In other words last season neither Syracuse or Albany received anymore snow from here on other than maybe a trace.  The other 3 cities are pretty close to their totals last season.

So does that mean it’s done snowing in the GSB cities.  Ha, not a chance in my opinion but no doubt the time is running out fast so last years snow champion Rochester better do a snow dance fast to hang on to the bragging rights ;)   Has everyone had enough already or do you want it to keep coming?

Have an Awesome Weekend Everyone!

Thanksgiving Forecast!

I wish I knew who to credit for this, as it is brilliant. But anyway, here it is…the Thanksgiving Forecast:

Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.

A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.

Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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