new york snowfall

Are you feeling a bit tired of the snow? I’m sure some of the smaller towns that get pounded by snow every season and don’t get any recognition may be by now. 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. 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!!!

Have a Great day All!

With snowfall totals being well below average this season, and last Winter being well above average, I thought I’d take a look at combining the two years. Here are the “to date” totals for this year and last year, as of 3/2:

Albany: 22.8 (77.5 last year)
Binghamton: 37.0 (87.1)
Buffalo: 34.2 (97.5)
Rochester: 52.4 (111.9)
Syracuse: 44.1 (160.1)

And here are the averages for the 2 years:
Albany: 50.15
Binghamton: 62.05
Buffalo: 65.85
Rochester: 82.15
Syracuse: 102.1

Finally, here are the 30 year averages to date, again as of 3/2:
Albany: 46.9
Binghamton: 62.1
Buffalo: 79.3
Rochester: 79.6
Syracuse: 102.7

All but Buffalo have their two year averages within 4 inches of the 30 year average. In fact, the 2 year average for Binghamton and Syracuse are within an inch of the 30 year average!

So, while last Winter was snow-filled and this one is snow-less, when you combine the two, it’s just been average.

Hey, have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

You’ve probably seen or heard of the movie Mr Smith Goes to Washington.  Well Tuesday was a reverse when “Andrea From Washington Came to Syracuse”.  Andrea, who I’ll call Snowless in Washington, is a writer for the Washington Post in Washington, DC who was on a quest to find snow and to hopefully build a snowman. 

She contacted me and a couple others to see if I had any ideas as to where she should begin and said she was going to head toward Binghamton.  So I think and then think some more.  Here I am just outside of a city that is suppose to be one of, if not the snowiest Big city in the country and I couldn’t say come to Syracuse we have tons of the white fluffy gold just laying around.  No, I had to say to Snowless that maybe Fulton or the Tug Hill region may have some.  Yes, it was hard to say Fulton and even embarrassing but I said it. I figured with the snow they got last weekend that there still had to be some leftovers laying around somewhere to the north of Da’Cuse.

In the mean time I noticed that there was a little snow pile in one of the parking lots by my house.  I thought if worst comes to worst I could always take Snowless to one of the bigger parking lots in Syracuse like at one of the malls.  I put a call into Sean Kirst to see if he knew of any snow or even snow banks around in the Syracuse area or around the Clinton Square ice rink.  He told me to hold on while he looked out the window for a look at the ice rink.  I was happy to hear Sean say that there was a small snow pile right next to the rink.  So that was plan A for me but I had to run it by Snowless to see if that was something she could use.  She said she would meet me on Tuesday morning and we would drive around and check it out and then head up to Fulton for some real snow on the ground.

I’m still shaking my head for the fact that here it is a third of the way into February and in all of the Golden Snowball cities no Freaking snow to show off :(  Anyways, Snowless came to my house around noon and off we went on the quest to find snow and build a snowman.  Snowless (Andrea) did write a cool and fun article about her search for snow and she tells the story a lot better than I can.  You can check out the article Here at the Washington Post.

Thanks for a fun day Andrea and if there is a next time I’ll teach ya how to build a snowman 😉


It’s finally snowing again in the Golden Snowball cities and there was some sliding around in the line-up.  Rochester jumped into 2nd place and Buffalo managed to move into 3rd dropping Binghamton all the way down to 4th place.  Not a whole lot of snow but from what we have seen so far this winter season it’s enough to keep this contest close and the Golden Snowball trophy up for grabs still.

Yesterdays snow stats show:

Albany –  0.2
Syracuse – 0.6
Binghamton –  0.9
Buffalo – 3.5
Rochester – 5.0 inches of snow.

Rochester was the big winner but it’s still snowing in some of the cities and should be interesting to see which city gets the most through tonight and if they can overtake Syracuse for the top spot on the snow hill.  Updates as they come in.

Have a great week all :)

Well, look at that, it’s February! Time to take a look back at January’s snowfall for the GSB cities.

Albany: 7.5
Binghamton: 17.2
Buffalo: 20.8
Rochester: 19.9
Syracuse: 24.6

The big winner was Syracuse with just over 2 feet of snow! Um…what the heck kind of January was that? All of the GSB cities were below their average for the month! Wow. Let’s go a little bit deeper than just snowfall and check the precipitation stats.

Albany: 2.26
Binghamton: 3.04
Buffalo: 4.42
Rochester: 3.32
Syracuse: 3.88

For comparison sake, here is each city’s average precipitation for January:

Albany: 2.59
Binghamton: 2.45
Buffalo: 3.18
Rochester: 2.41
Syracuse: 2.50

Four of the GSB cities had above average precipitation, and Albany was pretty close to average. It just didn’t fall as snow. A bit colder weather (ok, A LOT MORE colder weather), and we may have been talking about some decent snowfall numbers for the month.

Either way, it’s been a very snowless season so far. But I can’t shake the feeling that will change at some point this season. I mean, it can’t be like this the whole season…can it?

Hey, have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy the Super Bowl!

Noonish Update – The NOAA stats for Buffalo and Rochester were posted around 4:30 this morning and we have another change in the snowfall lineup. Binghamton has knocked Buffalo down to the number 4 spot on the snow hill. Right now it looks like the storm is flaring up a bit around Rochester and swirling it’s way towards Buffalo.

Syracuse finally hit the 100 inch mark as of around Midnight but I think the bigger news is how Binghamton is making a move on the cities to the north. Buffalo and Rochester haven’t had their stats updated since yesterday afternoon as I’m typing and I think the new stats come out around 4 – 5 am when I’ll be napping. That said there is a good chance that by the end of today Bingo just might be moving up a spot, hmmm, or two. More to come later today! Night All!

Since the last update here and I’m sorry about the lack of them Buffalo has slid past Rochester and is now in second place. Only a couple of tenths of an inch separate the two cities and the question is will one of them start piling up the snow to challenge Syracuse?

The New York snow race is still close with just a snow storm or two separating the top 3. A couple good lake effect snow events to the west of Syracuse could also put either Buffalo or Rochester on the top. Could this be the season that Da’Cuse goes down??? Still plenty of time left to see who ends up king of the snow hill.

Have a Super Day All!