Binghamton, New York kicked off the new 2015 – 2016 snow season by picking up 0.2 inches of snow yesterday. Congrats Binghamton and let the 2015 – 2016 Golden Snowball snow games begin. I’m sure everyone is sooo happy to get that pesky summer out of the way and start up the Winter season huh :) I didn’t think so :( The good news is that, ummm, OK, there really isn’t too much good news because we all have a long snowy season ahead of us.

Buffalo is way overdue to win the Golden Snowball contest and I have a feeling this may be Buffalo’s season to do it. Buffalo has come really close the last couple of seasons and of course who can forget last season when they received that epic snowfall that unfortunately hit all around the area but missed the airport. Since the Ressurection of the Golden Snowball contest Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse from the top of the snow hill and it will be interesting to see if The Rock has it in them this season.

Binghamton has actually won the contest way back in the past when the original Golden Snowball contest was running, but that was a long time ago. I think it will take some pretty weird weather for them to win it again. Then there is Albany. Enough said about Albany 😉

It should be a fun 2015 – 2016 snow season so break out the gloves, boots and whatever else you need to make it through the winter. I’ll take a look later at the snow stats when they get updated again to see if any of the other cities have any measurable snowfall to report so stay tuned. Last I looked there was still a lot of lake effect snow falling around some of the Golden Snowball cities.

The National Snow Contest, the Golden Snow Globe started up several days back with Anchorage, Alaska picking up 2.8 inches of snow for the new season. Click Here for the snowiest big cities in the country at the National snow contest.

Have an Awesome Sunday Everyone 😉

Rainiest Cities in Golden Snowball Contest

I was finally able to get an update in on the rain totals for the Golden Snowball cities and it’s pretty close. Right now Binghamton, NY has a slight lead over Syracuse, New York. The rest of the cities, Rochester, Albany and Buffalo are only 2-3 inches behind the leader.

Albany, unlike the snow contest, managed to pour themselves out of last place in the rain contest and it’s Buffalo that holds the title right now for being the least rainiest city out of the bunch. Unless you’re a farmer that probably isn’t a bad thing :) Check out the rain totals here.

Almost Time to Start the Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Who is ready for some SNOW? Don’t ya all just hate that 4 letter word :) I’m starting to see SNOW mentioned in some of the forecasts in New York and we all know that it’s just a matter of time. So far only Binghamton is showing a trace of snow. I would love to know when they got it and what it was that you received in Binghamton. Remember that the Golden Snowball contest doesn’t officially get started until one of the cities receive some measurable snowfall. Could this FINALLY be Buffalo’s season to win the Golden Snowball trophy?

The National snow contest started up a week or so ago. Yup, you heard me right. Anchorage, Alaska received 2.8 inches of snow to start the national snow contest up for the 2015-2016 season. There are several cities in that snow contest with at least a trace so far but only Anchorage has some measurable snow so far. Visit The National Snow Contest Here!

Stay Tuned! It won’t be long now and don’t ya just hate me now :)

First off as always a Big Thanks to John P for your recent donation to the site. I just noticed it and I think it was the first one of the summer. A Big Thanks John, I really Appreciate you taking the time. It helped out a lot during these slow summer months :)

Binghamton continues to lead our little rain contest between the Golden Snowball cities so far for 2015. Binghamton on average should be at the top but what I just noticed is last place Albany should be right at the top with them. Both of the cities average rainfall to date is 25.56 inches. It looks like Albany may follow their typical winter snowfall rank and come in last place. I’m sure the good folks in Albany don’t mind too much though.

Binghamton, Rochester and Syracuse New York all continue to be at least a few inches over what their average rain totals should be for this time in the year. Both Buffalo and Albany continue to be below their average rainfall to date with Buffalo only being 0.08 inches below normal. Pretty much a typical summer for those of you in Buffalo unlike the way the snow season started out last year. Below are how all of the cities are doing so far this year compared to an average year.

Binghamton – Plus 5.96
Syracuse – Plus 3.26
Rochester – Plus 4.15
Buffalo – Minus 0.08
Albany – Minus 2.42

Have a Super Day Everyone 😉 Click Here for Current Rainfall Totals!

Which Golden Snowball City Gets The Most Rainfall

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Golden Snowball contest will start keeping track of the total rainfall that the cities get. I’ve always been curious as to how the cities in the Golden Snowball contest stack up when it come to rain. The rain totals posted here for Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York are the yearly totals so far for 2015.

This should be a fun contest because I doubt that Syracuse will be the favorite like they are in the snow contest. Right now Binghamton is at the top of the Puddle with 26.03 inches of rainfall on the year. Albany is in last place, go figure so it looks like Albany will just carry over from the snow race 😉 I really don’t have a clue as to which city is the favorite other than by going by what the average rain to date is. That shows that most of the cities are pretty close to each other so it should be interesting. We all know what one good thunderstorm can drop so I am guessing the rain contest will probably have several lead changes like the snow contest does.

I am also keeping track of which city records the hottest day for the year, 2015. Rochester has bragging rights to having the highest temperature so far for 2015 which is 92 degrees. The high temp contest should be fun also and it’s starting to look like summer is finally making an appearance this week 😉

Any thoughts or as always any suggestions feel free to post them here or get a hold of me through the contact page. This is all new to me so bear with me as I try to get this up and running. You can check out the cities 2015 rainfall totals here!

Have an Awesome Day Everyone 😉

I have sold a website or two in the past but without a doubt selling The Golden Snowball site is the hardest choice I have had to ever make. The Golden Snowball website has been my baby for something like 12-13 (seasons) years now and I have loved every minute of it. Whether it was just updating snow stats, answering emails or comments or doing research for one of you who may have had a question about snow or the snow contest. I REALLY Truly did love every part of being the stats keeper for the Golden Snowball contest and had a blast with all of you :)

For more information or to bid on the snow site click here!

I went back and forth I don’t know how many time as whether to sell the site or not. It comes down to recent developments with a recent move to North Carolina to be with my Grandson and Daughter and having some health problems since I have been here. Nothing major I don’t think and I won’t go into it but the bills are adding up being a self payer when it comes to the doctor bills and well, Enough about that and me 😉

Thanks to all of you, I was lucky enough where the site took care of itself in the winter between donations and ads that were on the site. This is only one of two of my sites that wasn’t about making money but about having fun which I have had for 12 years now give or take. That’s all because of you who have visited the site over the years. Well over a Million people both snow lovers and haters :)

I am hoping that someone local from one of the cities that are in the snow contest is able to take over the snow site. The website is up for sale at an auction on Flippa and unfortunately I have no control over who purchases the site. The good news in a way (for me anyways) is that if no one comes up with the price I am asking for the site then you will all still be stuck with me. It really will be nice if one of the local news channels or a local weather nut like myself ends up taking over.

The media from most of the cities and even National have been great to me, to the site and to the contest. Syracuse media including The Post Standard,, CNY and TV 9. The Buffalo and Rochester media. A Big Thanks!

Sean Kirst from the Post-Standard and stand out big time. I know everyone from Syracuse knows Sean from his award-winning journalism and most likely those of you that are not from Syracuse have read articles about the Golden Snowball Award that Sean has written. I am just a little peon compared to Sean when it came to getting the Golden Snowball contest going again.

Sean being the humble person he is will blow it off but Sean has been my mentor right from the beginning. I always love answering the phone when Sean was ready to write something about the snow contest. Not because of the publicity that the site would get but because I have always enjoyed just shooting the sh&* with him. The Funny thing is that when he calls he always says “Hey Pat, this is Sean”. For those of you that know him, you know he has a deep extinguished voice that can’t be mistaken for anyone else. Just once I wish I said “Oh really, I thought it was Tiny Tim”. :)

Anyways when it comes to the Golden Snowball Contest I suggest if anyone buys the site that they hook up with Sean because without a doubt he is the Real Oracle of the contest. The person I always turn to 😉

OK, I’m not sure if the site will sell at the price I am asking for and if it doesn’t I can honestly say I won’t be sad. I’ll be broke, lol :) but I can live with it. If anyone is interested in taking over the site and I hope, keeping it pretty much like it is you can go to Flippa. com and bid on the Golden Snowball site here.


Congratulations Syracuse on Winning the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Award :)

It’s a wrap! Syracuse, New York has won this season’s Golden Snowball Award barely beating out Buffalo, NY by only 6.8 inches of snow. Not quite as close as last season when Syracuse won the contest by only 2.1 inches of snow. With all of that epic snowfall that fell around the Buffalo area back in November but missed the airport, I have to admit this probably should have been Buffalo’s season at the top.

I’m always nervous about making the “It’s a Wrap” post because as most of you all know it’s not unusual for most of the cities to get some snow in May. I do feel more confident though after reading around about average or above average temperatures to take over in the long term forecast. Let’s just say I feel more confident calling it this season than I did last season.

Syracuse long term forecast

Long term forecast for Buffalo

April 30th is the date that the city of Syracuse decided to go with which is a lot better than what they originally wanted which was April 1st. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t have a whole lot of Freaky weather planned for May.

A Summary of the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Snow Season

Buffalo held the lead for a good part of the snow season, but Syracuse managed to take over the lead from Buffalo around 2/22/15. Below is a look at how some of this seasons snow season went.

Start of This Snow Season – Snowfall Totals Updated 11/8/2014

* Around 11/8/2014 Binghamton was in first place and was the city that started off the 2014 – 2015 snow season for the Golden Snowball Award with 0.2 inches of snowfall. WTG Binghamton :)

Binghamton 0.2 1.8 Trace 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo Trace 2.0 Trace 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester Trace 1.1 0.2 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse Trace 1.6 0.2 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Albany Trace 0.3 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Snow Lead

* Syracuse took the lead over on or around 11/14/2014 with 2.9 inches of snow and held the lead until around 11/17 Our current leader, Buffalo was in last place at the time.

Syracuse 2.2 2.9 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 1.3 2.7 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo 0.2 3.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 0.2 2.2 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 0.1 0.7 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo Takes The Lead From Syracuse

* Buffalo took the lead from Syracuse the following day on or around 11/18/2014 and Rochester also passed Syracuse and jumped into 2nd place.

Buffalo 4.0 4.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 3.2 3.1 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse 2.9 4.0 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 2.9 3.4 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 1.0 1.0 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo and Syracuse Tie for 1st, Buffalo Still at Top

* On January 7th or 8th Buffalo and Syracuse were tied for 1st place in the snow contest with 34.0 inches each.

Buffalo 34.0 42.7 55.3 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Syracuse 34.0 49.9 51.9 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 31.6 29.5 46.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Rochester 29.8 35.3 48.0 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 26.6 20.4 31.6 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Lead and Top of Snow Hill for Good

* Right around 2/22/15 Syracuse picked up enough snow to slip past Buffalo for the rest of the snow season. Buffalo never gave up and kept it close right til the end.

Syracuse 101.3 96.8 100.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 101.1 75.4 97.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 85.1 74.4 78.6 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 75.5 60.2 81.8 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 70.6 44.0 64.8 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

The Season Wraps up With Syracuse on Top – CONGRATS ‘CUSE

* Hopefully the snow is done falling and the warm weather is here for good. If by chance Buffalo was to slip ahead with some freaky May weather I will get in touch with the Mayor of Syracuse and I am sure she would be more than happy to start up the snow contest again and give the award to Buffalo 😉

Syracuse 119.7 123.7 132.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 112.9 94.4 129.9 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 101.9 99.1 112.7 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 93.4 83.3 85.4 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 75.9 59.0 73.5 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Feel Free to Buy Us a Cold One for The Hot Summer Ahead 😉

Have a Great Spring and Summer Everyone and I’ll See You in a Couple of Months 😉