It’s a Wrap, Syracuse The 2013-2014 Golden Snowball Champs

According to section 13, rule #6 – the snow contest will end on the last day of April it’s time to yell out those famous words, IT’S A WRAP.  Congratulations Syracuse on winning the 2013 – 2014 Golden Snowball Contest.  WTG Syracuse! :)

I have to give Kudos to Buffalo who came up just a little over a couple of inches short this season.  This seasons snow contest was the closest it’s been since the resurrection of the Golden Snowball contest.  The next closest snow race was back in the 2007 – 2008 when Syracuse bested Rochester by just 3.1 inches of snow.

This seasons victory gives Syracuse it’s second consecutive win since being topped by Rochester in the 2011 – 2012 snow season.  I was thinking that Buffalo was going to slip ahead a few times at the end but they just couldn’t pull a couple of more inches from Father Winter.  Buffalo’s last couple of seasons have been pretty wimpy as far as snow goes but this season was their highest snow total since the 2001 – 2002 season.

OK, as for section 13, rule #6, Nah, doesn’t exist although I kind of wish it did.  Several years back we agreed that the contest would be called on May 1st no matter how close the race is.  You can read my thoughts on that in a post below.  I did call two of the stations with the National Weather Service to get a little bit of input last night.  Both agreed that the chances are pretty slim that Buffalo will get more than a couple of inches this late in the year.  Buffalo has only had 4 seasons out of something like the past 130 years where they received over 2 inches in May.  One of the guys said it was probably less that a 5% chance of it happening and the last time was in 1989.  Of course now that I said that we all know it will happen.  Let’s hope not and let’s hope we all move into the nice warm, sunny weather pattern for the summer.

Thanks to all of you who visited the GSB site this season and a Big Thanks to those of you who took the time to drop some of your hard earned money by leaving a donation to the site.  I truly appreciate it ;)   A big Thanks also to the media, Sean and the others who cover the snow contest each season to make it grow every year.

You may want to check out the National Snow Contest at www.goldensnowglobe.com

A Big Congrats to Syracuse, Winner of the 2013 – 2014 Golden Snowball Trophy!  Have an awesome spring and summer everyone.

Buffalo Hanging Tough with Current Snow King Syracuse

Updated 2/27 6:00 PM - Buffalo took this last round and closed in on the 6 inch lead that Syracuse had.  As of right now Buffalo only trails last seasons snow champ by 2 inches.  It doesn’t get much closer than that.  Go Buffalo :)

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Syracuse has added a few more snowflakes to their snow totals but Buffalo doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Right now it’s just a 6 inch lead for the defending snow champs Syracuse which we all know is nothing at this time in the snow season. That lead could change with just one snow event hitting Buffalo and missing Syracuse. Unfortunately for Buffalo is that they have been stuck at 99.1 inches for awhile now. The same thing happened to Syracuse when they were stuck at 99.9 inches.

One thing that has stood out the last couple of updates is the difference in snow totals for all of the cities from this snow season to last seasons. Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany really stand out and what a difference a season makes. Buffalo as of today has 99.1 inches of snow compared to last season at this time when they had only 47.6 inches. That’s 51.5 inches of snow more than they did this time last season. What they are over so far is more than what Buffalo had last season :) Plus Buffalo is 22 inches over their normal snow totals for this date.

Albany and Binghamton both stand out also. Albany has 37.9 inches of snow more than this time last season and Binghamton has 31.6 inches more than last season. Both cities are also just about 20 inches over their normal snowfall to date. Syracuse and Rochester are right around their normal snowfall for this time in the season give or take a few inches.

I was reading around the NOAA website and it’s looking like the long term, next 10 days or so are suppose to be colder than normal. Just what we want to hear huh? Plus I was reading something about some possible storms for the beginning of March. It’s way too early for the National Weather Service to predict that far out but as we get closer to March it may get interesting in the Golden Snowball contest. Is anyone ready for Spring yet? Hopefully come April ;)

Have a Great Day All :)

It’s Official Syracuse New King of The Snow Hill

I was looking at snow stats all day trying to figure out if Syracuse got enough snow from the storm PAX to overtake Buffalo for the number one spot and to take over as King of the snow hill for now anyways. The National weather service just posted the new snow stats and Syracuse has knocked Buffalo from the top of the hill. This snow race isn’t even close to being over and right now Syracuse is only on top by about 4 snowflakes.

That 4 snowflakes was just enough though to slip past Buffalo who has been hanging in the top spot this season for quite awhile now. Buffalo has held the top spot since around January 8th which is a long time for any of the cities to stay on the top. January 7th was the last time that Syracuse was the King and at one point between then and now Buffalo had over a foot lead on Syracuse. No doubt Buffalo has impressed me this season along with all of the cities and that’s even including Albany. Did I just say that Albany has impressed me? You won’t hear that too often. Anyways like I mentioned, the snow race isn’t even close to being over and pretty much all of the cities are still in the hunt for the Golden Snowball Trophy :)

Here are what should be the totals from snow storm PAX if my math is right and as always keep in mind it normally isn’t ;) This is taking the totals from the last two days and adding them together. Keep in mind that the storm stayed to the east of Rochester and Buffalo for the most part.

Albany – 14.4
Syracuse – 9.5
Binghamton – 6.1
Rochester – 2.1
Buffalo – 0.1

Have a Great Night All :)

Will Buffalo Stay King of The Snow Hill

Things are starting to get interesting as far as the Golden Snowball contest goes. I’m looking at anywhere between 8-12 inches of new snow in my driveway right now which is a little east of the airport. It will be interesting to see if the airport received as much as we did in the Syracuse area. If so it’s going to be a close snow contest at the top.

The new totals don’t include any overnight snow I believe so they will/should be going up a little later when some new snow stats come out from the National Weather Service. Binghamton managed to slip by Rochester with this last storm and to be honest I was surprised that Rochester had some snow to report. The chances are that the storm made it far enough to the west to give them a little snow. Just a couple of days back it didn’t even look like the storm was going to be west enough for Syracuse to get in on it yet a lone Rochester.

I’m guessing that Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse will make out the best with this recent storm and like I mentioned we will find out later when the new snow stats come out. Here is what is being reported so far which is for yesterday.

Albany – 5.6
Binghamton – 4.3
Syracuse – 4.1
Rochester – 1.9
Buffalo – Trace

Stay Tuned and look for another update come later in the day. See Snow – Drive Slow – Stay safe all ;)

Buffalo Remains Snowiest City But Syracuse Chipping Away

First off a Big Shout Out to the Syracuse men’s basketball team for pulling off another unbelievable come from behind victory once again against Pittsburgh. For those of you who were lucky enough to catch the game you can relate to it doesn’t get any better than that. WTG Syracuse, keep it going and Thanks for the exciting season so far :)

Speaking of a come from behind victory that’s what it’s going to take to knock Buffalo off the top of the snow hill. Buffalo has been sitting up there for awhile now just looking down on the rest of us. Syracuse has been chipping away at Buffalo’s lead the last week or so to bring Buffalo’s lead to less than a foot of snow now. With the storm that’s going on to the east it will be interesting to see if Syracuse can at least tap into a couple inches of snow from it. Buffalo is currently ahead by 9 inches of snow over 2d place Syracuse.

Right now it’s looking like Albany and probably Binghamton will make out the best from this storm that’s going on right now. My grandson who is down in the Carolina’s is at least getting to have some fun in the snow :) He’s been out in the snow a couple of times here but normally when they visit the timing hasn’t been great for any decent snow. The last storm they got down in the south he got out in it and learned that snow is really cold by falling face first in it. I think he’s learned ;)

One other note is that a visitor suggested that I start putting the time when I post the stats which I thought was a great idea. I normally do if I am doing several updates during a storm but not every day. Anyways providing I remember I will put the time of the update at the top of the snow stats where I have it right now. This kind of gives you an idea if the stats were just from the previous day or if some of the current days snow stats were added too. Normally any of the updates before 5 – 6 PM only include the previous days snow totals. Obviously I try to get a couple updates in a day if I see it is snowing in one of the cities. Stay Tuned, it should be interesting to see how the cities lineup when this storm to the east is over. It is sooo close but yet sooo far away :(

Have a Great Day All!

Snow For All The Golden Snowball Cities

1/6 3:30 - Well that was short lived for Binghamton. OK, maybe not because I guess as of right now Binghamton is still in 3rd place but tied with Rochester for the spot. We’ll have to wait and see what the next update from the National Weather Service has to offer :) Here are the totals being reported for yesterdays snow storm..

Binghamton – 13.2 beating the old date snow record of 3.0 back in 1976
Rochester – 12.7 breaking the date record of 5.5 back in 1907
Albany – 10.4 breaking the old date record of 8.0 inches dating back to 1975
Syracuse – 10.0 inches breaking the 1995 date record of 5.6 inches of snowfall
Buffalo – 8.8 beating the date record of 5.2 going way back to 1916

All in all some pretty good totals for all of the Golden Snowball cities. Stay tuned and have a Great Day :)

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1/5 - Binghamton Storms past Rochester to take the number 3 spot on the snow hill :)

OK, I just found some snow stats for Syracuse and Binghamton and it’s looking like Binghamton may be the big winner of this round. Binghamton so far has crushed their date record for snow showing 11.4 inches of snow breaking the old record of 3 inches set back in 1976.

Syracuse so far is reporting 7 inches breaking the date record of 5.6 inches of snow set back in 1995.

I’ve been trying to get an update in for awhile now but The National Weather Service’s (NOAA)website seems to be having problems. I’m sure with this big of a snow storm the website is most likely getting pounded. I was able to get some newer snow stats for Buffalo and Rochester however Binghamton, Syracuse and Albany haven’t been updated yet for today.

Buffalo set a date record picking up 7.4 inches of new snow breaking the old record of 5.2 going all the way back to 1916. Rochester also broke/tied a record for the day with 5.5 inches of snow going all the way back to 1907. I say broke because most likely Rochester will be adding more to their snow totals.

I’ll take a look later to see if NOAA is reporting some new snow stats and post them as they come in. Guessing where I am at we have about 9 – 11 inches of snow just outside of the Syracuse area. We’ll see what NOAA has for us, stay tuned…

Buffalo Plowing Over The Competition, Snow Dance Done

Yesterday I decided it was time to do the highly anticipated Snow Dance to help Syracuse hold on the Golden Snowball trophy. Give it about 36 hours to kick in though. Right now it is freezing and sunny as can be in the Syracuse area. Let’s just hope I didn’t get my dances mixed up and ended up doing a Sun dance instead of the snow dance. Next thing you know it will be in the 70′s here in Syracuse while the rest of the nation is freezing. Hmmm, that may not be a bad thing Huh ;) Make me wonder if Ellen (NYCO) remembered to put the Snow God out this season…

Lake Erie has frozen over so it’s advantage Syracuse, Rochester and Binghamton right?  Ummm, not quite and as a matter of fact Buffalo keeps adding to their snow totals for the 2013 – 2014 snow season while also increasing the lead over the other cities.

Buffalo is now an even foot of snow over the next snowiest city, Syracuse.  If Syracuse, Binghamton and Rochacha get snow Buffalo gets more.  Just an inch or so but it is starting to add up and so far a mainly frozen lake Erie hasn’t slowed Buffalo down yet.  The same is happening in the National Snow Contest where Erie, PA holds a decent lead and seems to add snow just about everyday even though their main source is also Lake Erie.  Buffalo has slowly been chipping away at Erie’s lead though in that contest.  Go Buffalo.

One of our visitors to the national snow site, The Snowiest City in the US made a post about Lake Erie, Buffalo and Erie, PA. Quoting Bryan,”Lake Erie frozen over pretty good but can still produce some lake effect from the following ways: moisture flux through the ice itself, moisture from cracks in the ice (often the wind can shift ice fields), and moisture through holes in the ice. Even brief thaws can open up the lake a bit. Also, friction and convergence from moisture going over the frozen surface can enhance snow somewhat. Finally, central Lake Huron is still open so Erie can still get lake effect off Huron in a NW flow, but even this is greatly diminished as Huron is freezing over pretty good this year. Having said that, Syracuse has plenty of time to catch up with Erie as they can get good snows off Ontario (they have lake effect snow warnings as I type this) and any good Nor’easter that sends heavy snow just a bit more inland than the past couple storms could easily put Syracuse in the lead”.

The only other news is that Rochester has finally slipped past Binghamton by a few snowflakes to take over the number 3 spot on the snow hill. Something in the back of my mind tells me Rochester is going to make a run sometime soon.

Have a Great Day All!

Buffalo is Still King of The Snow Hill

1/26/14 Update - Just a quick post that even a frozen Lake Erie isn’t slowing Buffalo down.  Buffalo continues to add to their snow totals and are now just over a foot of snow ahead of the next snowiest city, Syracuse.  WTG Buffalo ;)

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Buffalo is still hanging tough on top of the Golden Snowball snow hill but things could start to change. Looking at some graphs and pictures it looks like Lake Erie has frozen over. In other words it looks like Buffalo’s lake effect machine has just about run out of gas. I’m still adding to their snow totals though so they are still picking up some snow and just enough to keep ahead of the rest of the GSB cities.

All of the Great Lakes seem to have more ice than normal but keep in mind I’m normally clueless. Lake Ontario looks to be wide open and should stay that way other than the east side of the lake. Lake effect snow is in the forecast tonight for some of the cities and lets hope it pans out this time. It’s been too quiet lately and a little too cold for my liking. I think I would rather have the mid 20′s with snow than this Artic air and no snow. Just my opinion of course ;)

Where has Rochester been this season? Right now they are sitting just one spot ahead of Albany. Just one storm away from going to the bottom of the snow hill. Come on Rochester, let’s pick it up a bit and start piling on some snow. I think it’s time for some of you folks in Rochester to do a snow dance. This guy here is getting ready to do one for the Syracuse area and it will be in the next day or two.

In the National snow contest at www.goldensnowglobe.com Erie, PA is holding on to a pretty good lead right now and right behind them is Buffalo, NY. Erie’s days on the top of the snow mountain could be numbered also seeing how Lake Erie is also their main source of lake effect snow. I think the next week or so is going to get interesting, or at least I am hoping it does.

Have a Great Day All and LET’S GO SYRACUSE ORANGE!!!

Binghamton Snows Past Rochester and Syracuse Basketball

First off, way to go to the Syracuse basketball team taking on UNC earlier and pulling off another victory. SU is still undefeated and ranked number 10 in the country. They had no problem today controlling UNC most of the game other than the very beginning. Wouldn’t it really be a shame if Arizona lost tomorrow?  AZ is currently ranked number 1 in the country and of course a loss would most likely put Syracuse in the number 1 spot. Hey, if we can’t do it here in the Golden Snowball contest we may as well do it in basketball ;) Congrats SU and keep the streak going!

Oh yeah, snow. All of the cities had some snow to report since the last update and Binghamton added enough snow to slip past Rochester to take over the number 3 spot on the snow mountain. Binghamton has been hanging with the big 3 all season moving up and down on the snow hill. I’m sure Rochester will get things going sometime soon though and the question is which city will be the one to give Buffalo a run for their money?

Buffalo did close in on Erie, PA in the National snow contest and moved up to the number 2 spot on the snow mountain the last time I updated that site. I may get a top 10 update in tonight on the snowiest big city website if nothing comes up.

As much as I hate to see rain I have to admit that I didn’t mind the 50 degree weather today :) Have an Awesome Weekend All..

Syracuse Sneaks Past Rochester for The Lead

First off a big Thanks to Brian N for your donation to the site.  It means a lot and helps out a lot also.  Thanks Brian :)

It was Buffalo by a flake a couple of days ago then Rochester slipped past them for the lead and as of now it’s Syracuse on top of the snow hill.  WTG Syracuse :)

What is really standing out right now other than all of the lead changes and how close the snow contest is so far is Albany.  Look at Albany’s totals so far for the season, about double their normal snow totals for this time of year and more than 16 inches above what they had last season at this time.  No doubt it would be a shocker if Albany ever won the contest ;)

It’s been snowing off and on here in the Syracuse area so there will be more snow to add to their totals.  Is any of the other cities getting snow?

Have a Great Day All – See Snow, Drive Slow ;)