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Rochester, NY Slips Past Buffalo, NY in Golden Snowball Contest

Rochester had it’s the first snow of the season yesterday, 11/9 and it was enough to take the lead over Buffalo in the snow contest. Rochester picked up 3 tenths of an inch of snow and currently sits on the top of the Golden Snowball snow hill. Will Rochester stay on top come the next update?

Keep in mind that the National Weather Service isn’t reporting any of the overnight snowfall yet. Those snow stats will come out late afternoon and I’ll do another update once they do come out.

Click Here for the current snow stats.

Rochester and Buffalo are the only two cities in the snow contest reporting any measurable snow so far this season. That may change once the snow stats for today and the overnight come out. I’ve seen some videos of a little snow in the Binghamton and Syracuse area. It will be interesting to see if both can get on the snowboard to kick off their 2017-2018 snow season. Stay tuned for the next update and it will be interesting to see if Rochester can hold on to the top spot :)

Have a Great Day :)

Buffalo Kicks Off 2017-2018 Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Buffalo, New York received just enough snow to start up the 2017-2018 Golden Snowball snow contest. Congrats Buffalo which received a tenth of an inch of snow at the airport on Halloween.

  • Let the New York Snow Games Begin
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    None of the other cities are reporting any measurable snowfall so far so Buffalo takes the early lead in the Golden Snowball contest. It also puts Buffalo in the Top 10 in the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest tied with several other cities with a tenth of an inch of snowfall on the season. Lakewood, Colorado leads the National snow contest right now with 4.5 inches.

    Last season at this time Buffalo was the only city without any snow and on the bottom of the snow hill with Albany on the top of the snow hill :) That’s what makes this snow contest so much fun. None of us know which city is going to win when a new season begins. Syracuse is the favorite being the snowiest Big city in the country but I don’t think Mother Nature or Father Winter pay too much attention to that.

    Last season Binghamton out snowed all of the cities to win the Golden Snowball contest by just 3 tenths of an inch over Syracuse. Binghamton is the defending snow champions this season. Several seasons back Rochester, NY upset Syracuse to wear the crown for a year. It’s always fun as the season plays on. That’s what the snow contests are about, having fun and passing the months by as we wait for the warm weather to return.

    About The Golden Snowball Snow Contest

    The 5 cities that are in the New York Golden Snowball contest which started up back in the 1970’s are Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY. It’s just a fun snow contest that was started up by a few meteorologists from the Rochester national weather station that has since closed. Click Here for more info about the Golden Snowball contest.

    Click here for the Current Snow Stats! I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with all of you like we do every snow season. Just think, the fun has just begun and it’s going to be a longgg snow season. Good Luck to all of your cities 😉

    Have a Great Day All!

    First off as always, I want to give a Big Thanks to those of you who made a donation to the snow site this season. They really help out with offsetting some of the costs and time spent on the snow contest each season. If you enjoyed the Golden Snowball snow contest this season, feel free to hit the donate button and a Big Thank You in advance 😉
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    Binghamton Wins Golden Snowball Snow Contest

    Updated July 1st 2017 – The 2016-2017 snow season has come to and end as of yesterday, June 30th and it’s Binghamton at the top of the snow hill over Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch. Don’t be sad that the season has ended because as of today, July 1st the 2017-2018 snow season has begun. A big congratulation to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball snow contest.
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    WOW! A huge CONGRATULATION to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball contest for the 2016-2017 snow season. Binghamton defeated last season’s snow champs and seasonal favorite Syracuse, NY to take the top spot on the Golden Snowball snow hill. Binghamton also broke several records including the big one which is the snowiest season on record with a total so far this season of 135.2 inches of snowfall which was 3 tenths of an inch more than Syracuse received which was 134.9 inches.

    It’s been something like 34 years since Binghamton last won the Golden Snowball snow derby. The last time Binghamton won was in the 1982-1983 snow season. How long ago was that? The #1 song on May 1st, 1983 was “Beat It” by Michael Jackson which gives you a good idea. Our President was President Ronald Reagan! Most importantly, the Speedie Fest along with a balloon rally started up in Binghamton and I believe it draws about 100,000 people while it’s going on.

    Live Interview With Bob Joseph Radio 1290 WNBF in Binghamton

    I did just get off the phone doing a live call into Bob Joseph who is a radio host on the Binghamton Now News, NY. It was a fun live conversation and I kind of liked his idea about jumping in his car and heading to Syracuse and give it to Mayor Stephanie Miner about how Binghamton kicked butt. He was talking all in fun of course and it was really was fun talking to him even though I don’t like doing live anything :)

    May 1st Is The Date Picked To Wrap Up Golden Snowball Contest

    I will say that I’m a little nervous about calling the snow contest today with Binghamton only leading Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch as of yesterday, April 30th. That said, several years ago a representative of a former mayor’s office wanted to lay some ground rules and calling the snow contest on May 1st was one of them. According to the National Weather Service, the snow season starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. So far throughout the past seasons, May 1st has worked as far as I know or at least since I started keeping track of the snow stats so fingers crossed it plays out OK again this season :)

    I did talk to Ted Champney at the Binghamton National Weather Service and he seemed to be pretty confident or as confident as anyone can be with just 3 tenths of an inch separation Binghamton and Syracuse that there most likely won’t be any changes in the Golden Snowball line-up.

    I also asked Wayne Mahar, Molly Matott on Facebook live what they thought about the long term and both seem to think we are in the clear. Jim Teske responded to a tweet of mine which I think pretty much says it all. At this time of the season, the one thing that favors Binghamton is Elevation, Elevation, Elevation :)

    So, barring any adjustments or corrections by the National Weather Service my fingers are crossed that Mother Nature stays in line and that the line-up stays the same. Binghamton deserves it this season for the amount of snow they have had which is over 50 inches of snow more than what they receive on average each season.

    The National Golden Snow Globe Snow Contest Still Going

    Keep in mind that the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest is still going on and Syracuse holds a big lead in that contest. I’m still seeing some cities picking up some snow and a couple of states have received some decent snow totals in the last couple of days. I’m sure I will be calling that snow contest sooner rather than later this season so check the snowiest Big city in the country snow contest out at the Golden Snow Globe website.

    I will still be updating as needed and I will most likely be adding more to this a little later along with a season summary in a few days. Have a Great day everyone and CONGRATS BINGHAMTON, NY!

    Binghamton Likes it On Top of the GSB Snow Hill

    OK, Binghamton, NY has once again defended the Top spot on the Golden Snowball snow hill. Binghamton was able to not only hold off today’s charge up the hill by Syracuse, NY but was able to push them back down a little further. WTG Bingo!

    Syracuse was able to close in on Binghamton the last day or so and was only 2 tenths of an inch away from reaching Binghamton. I was watching the radars thinking Syracuse may have slipped into the top spot today but it turns out that Binghamton won this snowball fight picking up 2.5 inches of snow so far today compared to Syracuse’s 1.4 inches so far. This is as of 5 pm according to the National Weather Service.

    City Snow Totals From Yesterday, 12/27

      * Binghamton – 2.5 inches of snow
      * Buffalo – 2.5 inches
      * Albany – 2.1 inches
      * Syracuse – 1.4 inches
      * Rochester – 1.1 inches

      Binghamton King In The Golden Snowball Contest So Far

      It will be interesting to see what the rest of tonight has in store and also the next couple of days. If I were a betting man, oh yeah, I am :) I think I’ll be putting my money down on Syracuse to gain the lead come tomorrow evening snow update. Syracuse has lead the National Golden Snow Globe contest for a good part of the snow season but has yet to lead our great NY Golden Snowball contest this season.

      Click Here for the National Golden Snow Globe Contest

      Binghamton started the 2016-2017 snow season off in the Golden Snowball contest in 1st place back on October 27th picking up an inch of snow. So far this season Albany (Really) was the only other city to hold the top spot in the snow race.

      Buffalo, believe it or not, has been in last place a good part of the snow season up until the last couple of weeks, give or take. Buffalo didn’t pass the 1 inch of snow mark until around December 6th or 7th but seem to be getting on a roll now.

      Rochester, NY, the only city that has beaten Syracuse since the Golden Snowball contest started up again seems to be content right now at just hanging in the middle of the pack. The best thing about this season so far is that, that, that it’s only just begun :)

      Click Here for the current snow stats!

      Keep and eye on your weather the next few days because there is a good chance it is or will be a little nasty. Check your favorite pros for you forecast and stay safe. Have a Great night All!

    Binghamton, NY Keeps Piling on Snow Totals

    I was just noticing that Binghamton, NY already has over half of their average total snowfall for the season already. Binghamton’s entire seasonal snow total on average is 83.4 inches of snow. Right now Binghamton has 47.8 inches of snow and chances are they will be getting more today. Only 35.6 more inches to go for Binghamton to hit their average snowfall for an entire season and Winter hasn’t even started yet.

    Binghamton Has More Snow To Date Than Ever Before

    This is the most snow Binghamton, NY has ever had at this time in the season if my math is right. Keep in mind my fuzzy math, though, it normally isn’t as most of you know by now :)

    Binghamton is blowing away the highest snow totals they have ever had on this date, December 14th with 47.8 inches of snow right now. More than 10 inches of snow higher than the 2nd highest to date. The 2nd highest snowfall that Binghamton has had at this time in the season was 36.6 inches on December 14th, 1977.

    This season Binghamton has been ahead of their all-time highest snowfall totals to date record almost all season starting on November 19th. I’ve said it more than once and I’ll say it again. It takes a lot to impress me as far as snow goes and Binghamton is impressing me big time this season. WTG Bingo 😉

    Binghamton is already crushing the snow totals for the entire 2015-2016 snow season. Of course, last season Bingo only had 32.0 inches of snow and it was the lowest ever on record for Binghamton.

    The only season I saw that came close to a time when Binghamton had this much snow so soon in a season was the 1993-1994 snow season. Even that season it took until January 4th for Binghamton to have as much snow as they do right now. WOW! The wow is because 1993-1994 snow season was Binghamton’s highest seasonal snowfall on record which was 131.3 inches of snow.

    Binghamton still has a long way to go to hit the all-time high seasonal snow totals of 131.3 but they are off to a really good start. Could this be a repeat of that season?

    Heavy Lake Effect in Forecast, Stay Safe

    There are a few advisories and warnings out for the next day or two with the colder air coming into the area so check with the pros. It looks like you folks in Buffalo may be getting hit pretty good with some lake effect snowfall and no doubt it’s will be a nasty rush hour ride home. Stay safe all and have an Awesome day. See Snow-Drive Slow 😉

    Snow Here, Snow There, Snow Everywhere

    Lake effect watches and warnings are starting to be posted by the National Weather Service now for some of the GSB cities and the surrounding areas for when the colder air comes in on Thursday and Friday. You all know I am clueless so check with the pros in your area for the latest update. I have a couple links posted below for the Rochester and Syracuse areas that are worth checking out and I’ll keep this post updated the next couple of days.

    All of the Golden Snowball cities received some snow yesterday and it’s only going to get snowier later in the week for some of us. Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester and even Buffalo and Albany got some fresh snow yesterday. Sorry about that dig to the folks in Buffalo but I need to get it in now because I know it’s only a matter of time before you are back in the snow race. Maybe sooner rather than later 😉

    Binghamton cushioned their lead over last season’s snow champs, Syracuse yesterday picking up 0.9 inches while Syracuse picked up 0.5 inches of new snow. I know it’s not a lot but we all know every tenth of an inch counts in the long run. Albany won the round yesterday picking up 1.4 inches which was more than enough to keep Buffalo at the bottom of the snow hill. Below are the snow totals for yesterday.

    Albany – 1.4
    Binghamton – 0.9
    Rochester – 0.9
    Syracuse – 0.5
    Buffalo – 0.3

    Lake Effect Snow Forecasted For End of The Week

    I’m starting to see reports of some decent Lake Effect Snow expected to come Thursday and Friday for some of the Golden Snowball cities. You know it’s all about fun here and that I am clueless so check with the pros for the latest forecast in your area. Here are a few of the forecasts with watches and warnings that have been issued so far. Click on the links below for the most recent watches and warnings.

    Some of the snow totals from Lake Effect snow are expected to be a foot or more of snow for some of the cities so definitely keep an eye on your local weather. Below is as of 12/6 at around 2:00 PM. I guarantee most of this will be changing as the colder air comes in so save the link and keep up to date. These are from the National Weather Service stations in our areas.

    Rochester – Lake Effect Snow Watch in effect from December 8, 06:00 PM EST until December 10, 06:00 AM EST Click here for more info on Rochester!

    Syracuse – Lake Effect Snow Watch in effect from December 8, 06:00 PM EST until December 10, 06:00 AM EST Click here for more info on Syracuse!

    I’ll keep posting updates as the National Weather Service puts them out. Like I mentioned above, your best source is your local forecasters. Have a Great Day and as always, See Snow – Drive Slow, unless you’re riding a sled of course 😉