Can Albany Sled To The Top of Snow Contest

Updated 1/28 1:00 PM – It looks like Albany did pick up some snow after all. I did see on the radar yesterday that the clipper or whatever it was did head more west during the day and that it was passing through Albany. The snow stats that were just updated added another 5.6 inches to Albany’s snow totals which would bring their 2 day total to 5.8 inches of fresh snow.

Here is where it gets weird ;) Albany, NY is actually still in the running for the Golden Snowball trophy believe it or not. Are they a long shot to win it all? No doubt about it but if that storm would have come just a little more to the west the chances are that Albany could have been winning the snow contest. I have to wonder after the last couple of weeks if we may be set in a pattern now for the second half of the snow season. The last couple of weeks have been active as far as snow and storms go and it looks like the next few days it may continue. Keep in mind though that I am clueless and check with the pros for the latest weather.

Last season at this time Albany was over 43.5 inches behind Buffalo which led in the snow contest. This season they are only 17 inches behind which could be made up in a matter of a couple of snow storms. All of the cities in the GSB contest are lagging behind their average snow totals to date and Syracuse really stands out being almost 30 inches off their normal average to date this season. This could be the season that Albany wins it all. Wow, I just woke up from a bad dream ;) I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high my friends in Albany ;)

Have a Great Day All…

Updated 1/27 12:00 PM - I must have gotten caught up in the hype yesterday about Albany :( As of the last update they remain in last place and only 0.2 inches of snow is being reported for yesterday. Keep in mind that the overnight snow isn’t being reported yet. It looked like the storm stayed just to the East of Albany pretty much keeping them out of all of the snow action that some of the other cities to the east received.

NYC also dodged most of the heavy snow with the storm hanging just a snowflake to the north but WOW some of the other cities are getting hit really hard by the snow storm that will be hanging around the northeast coast most of today.

Buffalo has added a little to the lead the last couple of days and now have a lead over 11 inches of snow over the next best snowiest city Syracuse. Rochester and Binghamton continue to slip and slide back and forth in the number 3 and 4 slot on the snow hill and this time it’s Rochester coming out on top and dropping Binghamton down to the fourth place spot ;) Even though it’s been a pretty lame snow season for most of us the snow contest is still really close and all 5 cities actually have a shot at winning the Golden Snowball trophy still this season. Stay tuned for another update a little later and have a great day…
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Updated 1/26 9 PM - Albany isn’t reporting as of the last update so it’s hard to tell how they are doing today. Binghamton got enough snow to pull ahead of Rochester. Stay tuned because when and if Albany reports it should be interesting ;)
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No, no and Hell NO! There will be no crazy talk like that ;) OK, there is a slim possibility I suppose but it will take a lot of snow from this snowstorm to slip past Buffalo and I don’t see that happening. Looking at what is in the forecast for Albany I think they have a real shot though at sledding all the way past Syracuse to claim the number two spot on the snow hill if Albany gets the high end of snow totals in their forecast. Wow, I think this is one of the longest posts I have made about Albany since keeping the snow stats for the Golden Snowball Contest… I wonder if our leaders in the capital took the next couple of days off :) I wonder if they have to shovel :P

Albany trails Buffalo right now by a little over 20 inches of snow and is behind second place Syracuse by 9 1/2 inches. The last forecast I saw for Albany which was as of around 11 am today they were under a winter storm warning until 1 am Wednesday and calling for anywhere from 7 – 14 inches of new snowfall. Of course a slight change in the path of the storm could drop more snow or less so it will definitely be interesting to see where Albany ends up when this snow storm is done dumping snow on Albany. Click Here for The Latest Warnings and Updates for Albany!

From what I have seen it’s still looking like just a few inches of snow for the rest of the cities. NEVER take our word for it here though and always check with the pros like your local news channels and the National Weather Service. Things are always changing with these types of snow storms. Stay Tuned for more updates as the winter storm approaches and as the snow stats come in from the National Weather Service.

There is a lot going on in the National Snow Contest the Golden Snow Globe. Several of the cities on the east coast that have been quiet all season like New York City, Boston, Worcester and others should be climbing the snow mountain and maybe a few will make it into the top 10 or top 5. You can check that out Here at Golden Snow Globe..

Have an Awesome Day All and as Always, See Snow – Drive Slow!

More Than Halfway Thru Snow Season Buffalo Leads

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A SNOW DANCE HAS BEEN PERFORMED :) Time for Syracuse to make their move in the snow contest… To all of the meteorologists, your equipment is fine and don’t mind the weird pattern changes on the radars in the near future. Just a little snow dance, that’s all ;)

I have to say that I am impressed with Buffalo so far this season holding on to the snow lead as long as they have. I would guess looking at the snow stats that sometime last week we hit the halfway mark for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. Of course none of us have a clue as to what Mother Nature and Father Winter have in store for us in the second half. If the last several days are any indication it could be a stormy second half to the snow season. There is another storm moving into some of our areas so keep an eye on it. This storm should help Albany out and maybe Binghamton. Click Here to Keep Updated on The Snow Storm!

Check out the current snow stats and you will notice that the normal snowfall averages to date for this time of the year are more than half of what each of the cities average for the snow season. In other words Buffalo has 56.4 inches of snow for what their normal snowfall should be to date which is more than half of what their Entire season on average totals are which is 94.7. It’s the same with the rest of the cities in the GSB snow contest.

Syracuse to date on average has 68.9 which is more than half of the total snowfall for an average season. Binghamton shows the normal snow to date at 42.0 inches which is just over their normal total season snowfall of 83.4. Rochester’s normal is 51.2, again just more than half of what the totals are for the entire season which are 99.5. Wrapping it up with Albany who by the way we may want to keep an eye on the next couple of days normals are at 30.4 and are just over half of the normal seasonal snowfall of 59.1 inches of snow… As always keep in mind that my fuzzy math shows up every now and then ;)

So I would think it is safe to say that we have all made it through the first half of the Snow Bowl and it was pretty lame for most of us. I don’t think the second half is going to be as easy though if the past several days are an indicator. Another clipper that turns into a coastal or Nor’easter has already shaped up and some blizzard warnings are being post for some of the cities on the Northeast coast. Right now it is looking good for Albany and maybe Binghamton will be able to sneak some of it into their city to climb up the snow hill a little.

Rochester and Syracuse both have some kind of snow bubble over the cities. As of the last update both Binghamton and Rochester are tied for 3rd place or is that tied for 4th place? The scary part or embarrassing part is that one of those cities may be in last place by the end of Tuesday or even sooner depending on how this storm tracks and when. I think it would be funny to see Albany at the top of the snow hill after this storm is done with them. I think they trail Buffalo by too much right now but I do think they have a chance at taking the number 2 slot on the snow hill. Stay tuned and I’ll be posting the snow updates as they come into me.

Have an Awesome Weekend Alll!

Lake Erie Ice and Syracuse & Rochester Slowly Closing Snow Gap

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Buffalo was almost 14 inches ahead of Last seasons snow champs Syracuse but the snow lead has melted away this past week just a little bit. Rochester has managed to slip past Binghamton, NY and is now if the 3rd slot on the snow hill with Binghamton right behind both Syracuse and Rochester. Will Buffalo and Rochester’s snow slow down when Lake Erie freezes over? Beats me, lol :)

Snow on Bushes in Syracuse

See Lake Erie Ice Cover Pictures Below – There is still a lot of talk going on about Lake Erie getting ready to completely freeze over and at last check it is pretty close to doing just that. I think the question is will that slow down Buffalo and Rochester at all. I’m still thinking how fast Lake Erie froze over last season and how Buffalo managed to keep adding to their snow totals even after the lake was frozen. One explanation was posted in a comment and I’ll share it here. Here is a comment from Bryan W. on the National Snow Site, The Golden Snow Globe:

UPDATED 1/21

An Animation of Ice Cover on Lake Erie from Jan 19th – Jan 21st

“There can still be lake effect from effects of friction off the ice, any open water from cracks that open in the fluctuating ice fields, and moisture transport through the ice in areas where ice isn’t real thick. There have been some good lake effect storms even w/ ice cover, but overall nowhere near what occurs w/ open water.Lake effect off Ontario never really slows down until the sun angle gets high enough in mid to late February (which only provides brief disruptions to the bands in the afternoon hours).”.

There is still a lot of snow season left and it will be interesting to see how he second half of the 2014 – 2015 snow season plays out. Buffalo has a pretty good lead right now and the obvious question is can they hold onto it this season? The other question is can Rochester, Syracuse or Binghamton even start their snow season up in the Golden Snowball Contest. I don’t think that they want to wait too long. Stay Tuned, it’s sure to get more interesting than it’s been ;)

Lake Erie Ice Cover From January 10th, 2015 To January 19th, 2015

LAKE ERIE ICE COVER JANUARY 19th
Lake Erie Ice Cover January 19th

LAKE ERIE ICE COVER JANUARY 10th
Lake Erie Ice Cover January

Click Here for All of the Great Lakes and the ice cover so far.

Have an Awesome Night All!

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Football Champions Sports Apparel, Sweatshirts and T-Shirts

Check out the new Ohio State Buckeyes championship college football gear and sports apparel, Ohio State championship t-shirts and sweatshirts. CONGRATS Ohio State and I had you picked for the last two weeks. You played a great game and showed that you deserved to be in the very first college football playoffs.

Ohio State Buckeyes National Champions – Championship Clothing and College Sports Apparel

The Oregon Ducks played a good game too but even with the Ohio State turnovers couldn’t keep up with the Buckeyes. I was impressed that Ohio States quarterback Cardale Jones play with the confidence of a QB that it normally takes at least a couple of years of full time experience on the football field to gain. WTG Cardale Jones and you played like a Heisman candidate the last two games IMO.

Congrats to the Oregon Ducks on a Great Football Season

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Great College Championship Game and Congrats to Ohio State Buckeyes :)

Buffalo Starting to Sled Away From Other Cities

Updated 7:00 PM 1/12 - Buffalo continues to add to their snow lead and are now almost 14 inches ahead of the next snowiest city, Syracuse. Albany was hanging in with the big boys for awhile but are starting to slip behind (go figure) and are now trailing the top spot by almost 2 feet of snow. Of course one Nor’easter that hangs to the east could put them back in the running.

Buffalo remains in 3rd place in the National snow contest as of yesterdays update and keeping up pretty good with the number 1 and 2 cities in that snow contest. There is still a lot of time left in the snow season for any of the cities to make a run ;)
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Updated 1/10 - I mentioned earlier that I was curious as to what the ice cover is on Lake Erie right now and T.W. posted a good link for me in the comments. Thanks T.W. ;)

Wow kind of comes to mind when I see how wide open it is right now. I was thinking that most of Lake Erie wouldn’t have any ice on it because of how warm it’s been up until this last week but wasn’t expecting the whole lake to be pretty much wide open. Instead of a snow dance for Syracuse I might be better off doing a cold dance for Buffalo to help slow down their Lake Effect Snow Machine, Lake Erie ;)

Lake Erie Ice Cover January

Click Here for All of the Great Lakes and the ice cover so far.

Buffalo is starting to pull away from the rest of us in the snow contest. They picked up another half a foot of snow yesterday, 6.5 inches of new snow and now lead last years snow champs Syracuse by over 9 inches. It seem like just a couple of days ago those 2 cities were tied. Oh Yeah, they were.

Buffalo is also doing pretty good in the National snow contest this season and as of the last update in that snow contest Buffalo was in 3rd place behind Erie, Pa and Grand Rapids. I’ll be getting an update in for the National Big city snow contest in a little bit.

The snow race is far from over of course and if you look at the snow stats above you will see that Buffalo had an even bigger at this time as they do right now. I thought for sure that last season was going to be Buffalo’s turn to wear the crown but they just missed by a couple of inches. Is this the season that Buffalo takes the victory lap around lake Erie.

Speaking of Lake Erie (ya like how I did that ;) ) does anyone have any info on how much of it has frozen over so far? I’m thinking that a good portion is still wide open because of how warm it’s been up until this week which I think will give Buffalo the advantage. Then again Buffalo did pretty good last season even though Lake Erie froze over really early. Even after the lake froze over Buffalo was still picking up enough snow to stay near the top right til the very end.

Stay Tuned for Hopefully another update later today. Have a Great Day All!

It’s Buffalo, It’s Syracuse, It’s Both, It’s Buffalo Again

Updated 7 PM 1/8 - Well that was a short lived stay at the top for Syracuse who managed to tie Buffalo when all was said and done yesterday. With the new snow that fell today Buffalo has managed to not only stay at the top but pus Syracuse off of the top of the snow hill that they both shared for less than 12 hours ;)

I don’t think Buffalo is done yet either looking at their forecast for the next couple of days. I have a feeling they will be adding to their snow totals and to the lead they have also. They are also slowing closing in on a few cities in the National snow contest over at The Golden Snow Globe where it’s also been pretty interesting and close. WTG Buffalo ;)
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It’s a Tie! It’s been awhile since we have had a lead change and it looks like it’s going to be awhile longer. We have a two way tie for the top spot on the snow hill. Buffalo has held the lead for quite some time now but they are playing nice and decided to share the top spot for now with Syracuse.

The last update from the National Weather Service has both Buffalo and Syracuse reporting 34.0 inches of snow on the season so far. I’m sure this will change come the next update because I don’t think this includes any of the overnight snow and should be as of the end of yesterday, the 7th.

I’ll be getting another update in later and it will be interesting to see if Buffalo continues it’s run at the top or if Syracuse or any of the other cities can knock them down from the King of The Snow Hill spot on top. I think I’ll go with Buffalo keeping the lead and most likely just Buffalo. Stay Tuned ;)

Let it Snow, Let It Snow, LET IT SNOW

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It’s starting to look like winter may finally arrive after the nice break we had the past month or so.  The weather pros are saying that the coldest air of the season is on it’s way which means it’s time to Crank Up The Lake Effect Machines :)

As boring as the last month has been I am really liking the fact that all 5 of the cities are still in contention for the Golden Snowball Award so far this season.  Even Rochester, Ha :P  OK, normally I would say even Albany but it seems like The Roc has been in last place just as long as Albany has been for the 2014 – 2015 snow season.

Rochester was just tied for last place again but managed to show a tenth of an inch from the overnight to pull ahead of Albany.  Of course I am just picking on Rochester and I am sure you will be at the top of the snow hill before the season is over.  As long as it’s not at the very end of the season ;)

Buffalo has held the lead for a good part of the season and it will be interesting to see how that all pans out this week.  I believe that all of the cities are expecting the cold air to stick around for awhile so the GSB trophy is up for grabs.  Let’s hope Mother Nature can set up some decent snow bands over the LES cities and get this contest sledding again.

Sorry about the lack of posts the last month or so but I have been trying to kick some kind of sickness that has lasted almost 2 months now :(  Between that and working on my Christmas sites it took away from the time I had to spend on here.  Christmas is over, I’m still broke like some of ya’s but at least I will have more time for the snow sites now.  I have been able to get a lot of updates in though this season and that should continue.  Here is hoping for a lot of snow for you skiers, sledders and some cold air for those of you who are waiting for the lakes to freeze to start ice fishing ;)

As far as the National Big City Snow Contest goes that is a really close contest too.  All 3 of our cities with a population of 100,000 or more are in the top 10 and in striking distance of taking the top spot on the snow mountain away from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Go Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester!

It was a choice between Dean Martin’s version of let it snow which I like or Jessica Simpson’s version.  They guys won out this time ;)

Have an Awesome Day All!

Rochester Finally Out of Last Place in Snow Contest

Updated 1/1/15 - WTG Rochester and it’s about time you joined the snowball fight ;)  It had to be pretty embarrassing siting at the bottom of the snow hill for all of that time.  It really has to be embarrassing when you were even losing to our vacation city to the East, Albany :)

All of the snow stats are up to date and it is a really close snow race with all 5 cities in the hunt for the king of the snow hill.  Maybe The Roc was just hanging back and will start making their move now.  Stay Tuned!
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From my family to your family I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! I also wanted to say Thanks to all of you have visited the site over the past year, took time to make a donation, leave a comment or dropped me an Email :)

Thanks to ALL of you who visit and the media for spreading the word about the snow contest. Our fun little snow site continues to grow each and every season. Of course if it doesn’t start snowing pretty soon that could change this season :( Joking, a lot of time left… Here is an unofficial look at the traffic for the last few years and keep in mind it is for the entire year and not the Seasons.

Visitors to the Golden Snowball Contest

Year               Unique Visitors         Total Visitors             Page Views
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2011                   7,873                    14,846                        44,386 (Oct – Dec)
2012                 51,432                  102,042                      335,866
2013                 72,048                  175,565                      452,907
2014               143,445                  311,800                      649,169

Buffalo is just a few flake out of first place in the National Snow Contest, the Golden Snow Globe and it will be interesting to see if they can pull ahead of Grand Rapids, Michigan before the end of the year. Buffalo could actually end the year in the lead and start the new year with the lead in just a matter of hours time. Good Luck Buffalo ;) Buffalo continues to hold on to a slight lead and as I am typing all of the cities are within striking distance of taking the top spot on the snow hill this season, INCLUDING Albany ;) Of course that could change pretty soon because it looks like Buffalo is expecting to get some decent snow today and tomorrow. If that pans out they should be able to add to their lead in the Golden Snowball Contest.

Have a Happy Safe New Years Eve Everyone!

Merry Christmas to My Family, Friends and All of You

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…
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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 ;)

Melissa Balmain Author of “Walking in on People” From Rochester

First off I want to give a Big Thanks to James M. for your kind donation. It was perfect timing and it really helped out a lot. All of the donations do. Thanks James for taking the time and to all of you who have made a donation to the site :)
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Wow and Congrats Rochester! You may be in last place right now in the snow contest but when it comes to humorous poetry authors living in Rochester you are in the lead ;) Author Melissa Balmain who recently won the Able Muse Book Award for Poetry for her book of humorous poems “Walking in on People” is from Rochester, New York :) If you’re looking for a great Christmas idea for the poetry lover in the family, well here you go…

I met Melissa during last years snow season when she dropped me an email that she was going to mention our fun snow contest in an article she was writing. The article appeared in Success Magazine which she also writes columns for. Just the mention of success and something I’m affiliated with should give you an idea of her witty offbeat sense of humor :) Myself and Success don’t seem to see eye to eye :( That said we became online friends and believe me she is a very down to earth person with a great sense of humor.

Melissa Balmain teaches at the University of Rochester and her book which has gotten great reviews BTW. I haven’t had the chance to read it (Yet) but I will still strongly recommend it (Just pretend I’m Oprah Winfrey) for the fact that I have read several of her articles and columns and I have found them all to be humorous and witty. Below is all the info you need to find out more about Melissa Balmain’s new book of poetry, Walking in on People including reviews and links where to order her book.

Melissa Balmain Walking in on People Poetry


For More info on Walking in on People Click Here

More Information about Melissa Balmain and Walking in on People

Melissa Balmain is a humorist, journalist, and teacher. She recently became editor of Light, the country’s oldest journal of light verse, which she helped revive and bring online after 20 years in print. Balmain’s poems have been published in such anthologies as The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse and Killer Verse, and in American Arts Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, Poetry Daily, The Spectator (UK), The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Details, and many other magazines and newspapers. She is a columnist for Success magazine and the author of a memoir, Just Us: Adventures of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber). Balmain has won national journalism honors and been a finalist for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. She teaches at the University of Rochester and lives nearby with her husband and two children. Walking in on People, the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award, is her first full-length poetry collection.

Reviews of Walking in on People by Melissa Balmain

In Melissa Balmain’s Walking in on People, the serious is lightened with a generous serving of wit and humor, and the lighthearted is enriched with abundant wisdom. She shows us how poetry can be fun yet grounded in everyday challenges and triumphs, with subjects ranging from the current and hip (Facebook posts, online dating, layoffs, retail therapy, cell-phone apps, trans fat), to the traditional and time-tested (marriage, child-rearing, love, death). Through it all, her craft is masterful, with a formal dexterity deployed with precision in a showcase of forms such as the villanelle, ballad, triolet, nonce, and the sonnet. It is little wonder then that Walking in on People is the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award, as selected by the final judge, X.J. Kennedy. This is a collection that will not only entertain thoroughly, but also enlighten and reward the reader.

Winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award

PRAISE FOR WALKING IN ON PEOPLE:
“An infectious, often hilarious blend of the sweet and the lethal, the charming and the acidic.”
~Billy Collins, former United States Poet Laureate
“Poetry these days is rarely so entertaining, so beautifully crafted, so sharp of eye, yet so wise and warm of heart.”
~X.J. Kennedy, final judge, Able Muse Book Award

Resourses:
Melissa’s Balmain’s Website

Have a Great Day Everyone and snow is on the way :)