Still a Close Snow Race Between Syracuse and Buffalo

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OK, It’s still a close snow contest between Syracuse and Buffalo as we come down the home stretch. At least let’s hope that we are coming down the home stretch. It’s starting to look like it’s turning into a two city snow contest now with Rochester now behind about 20 inches of snowfall.

Syracuse has a smaller lead over Buffalo right now than they did last season at this time and last season was super close. Syracuse only beat Buffalo by 2.1 inches. Buffalo melted away Syracuse’s lead last season right through until the end of the 2013-2014 snow contest. All it will take right now is some decent lake effect or a small snowstorm to swing things around for Buffalo and slide them into the lead.

I think Rochester will have to pull off a magic trick and find a way for the snow to hit just Rochester and miss both Syracuse and Buffalo. Then again keep in mind that Rochester is the only city to beat Syracuse since the Golden Snowball contest has been started up again. If the cold air sticks around Rochester can also chip away at the lead that Syracuse has over them right now. Do we really want the cold air to stick around. I’m guessing that the folks in Rochester won’t mind losing this season if it means not having to get another 20+ more inches of snow to win :)

Syracuse just took the lead in the National snow contest for the first time this season and Buffalo is also hanging tough in that contest. Right now, Buffalo is in 4th place in the snowiest Big city contest in the United States. You can click here for the national snow contest.

Stay Tuned because I’m pretty sure that more snow will be falling and with the contest this close the Golden Snowball trophy is still up for grabs. Have a Great day everyone!

Syracuse’s Missing Snow Was Found and Lead Grows

Updated 3/5 - First as always I want to give a big Thanks to Jack G. for your kind donation to the snow site. Thank You for taking the time, it helps out Big time and I really do appreciate it Jack :)

It looks like the unsolved case of the missing snow from Syracuse has been solved. I still don’t have a clue as to where it went to in the first place but the missing snowfall was added back to the totals for Syracuse and they now have a lead of over 5 inches over 2nd place Buffalo :) Like I mentioned below, this tends to happen from time to time and it looks like this time it was just an data input error by the NWS.

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3/4 – It looked like Syracuse was adding to their snow lead over Buffalo and the rest of the cities until some of the previous snow amounts disappeared. Conspiracy? Nah, I don’t think the National Weather Service has any skin in the snow race ;) This does happen from time to time and I believe it’s happened to Buffalo already at least once this season.

My guess is it’s an adjustment from a previous date or perhaps and error entering data. Like I said, this is common and if you think about all of the statistics being input everyday by the NWS how could it not happen from time to time… That said, I want my $%^#%^ snow back :( Oh yeah, I have to pretend I am unbiased here :) OK!

So the Golden Snowball contest just got a little closer and now Syracuse’s lead is only 2.7 inches as of the last update. Most of the cities continue to add some new snowfall to their totals and all of the GSB cities are over their normal average snowfall for this time in the season. Syracuse and Rochester are the only two cities that have less snow at this time last season. That could change pretty fast though.

Stay tuned and check out how close the National Snow Contest is also at the Golden Snow Globe snow site. Have a Great Day everyone :)

Will Buffalo Sled Past Syracuse to Start March Off

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OK, It’s starting to look like some of the snow totals forecasted for today and tonight are dropping a little bit from a couple of days ago. Hey, Happy March everyone! Unfortunately looking at this weeks forecasts for all of the cities it’s looking like March will be starting off a little snowy. I guess the good news is some of the Highs for this week are in the 20′s and maybe 30′s. Pretty sad when highs of 20′s and 30′s is good news huh :)

I think it will be interesting to see if Buffalo can take the lead from Syracuse and just as interesting to see if Rochester can play catch up this week with both cities. It’s looking like Binghamton may win this next snowball fight which is today and tonight. According to the forecasts they are expected to receive a little more snow than the rest of the cities in the Golden Snowball contest.

The images below show snow and at least a wintry mix for all of the cities looking ahead all the way to Thursday. Right now only 3.7 inches of snow separate Buffalo and Syracuse. I think for the time being I am going to say Syracuse will be on top of the snow hill come the end of the week. The again keep in mind that I am clueless so stay tuned and good luck to all ;) Below is what The National Weather Service has forecast for part of this week and keep in mind that most likely it will be changing. This is as of today, Sunday March 1st…

syracuse snow forecast march

Buffalo snow forecast march

rochester snow forecast march

Binghamton snow forecast March

Albany snow forecast March

Have an Awesome Day Everyone and take it slow on the roads….

Syracuse Holds on To Snow Lead in Golden Snowball Contest

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OK, Syracuse managed to not only hold on to the lead but when all the snowflakes were counted added to their lead but not by much. Right now it’s just a matter of 0.7 inches of snow separating Syracuse and Buffalo in the Golden Snowball contest.

If I my mind serves me right and it normally doesn’t by the way even when Lake Erie was frozen over early last season Buffalo kept getting snow so don’t let that fool you. No doubt it probably slows Buffalo down some but last season proved it doesn’t stop them ;) Last season I thought Buffalo was going to pull it off but I think Syracuse got lucky and the warm air moved in.

Last season was realty close and Syracuse had just enough snow to beat Buffalo by only 2.1 inches. I believe that last season was the closest the snow race has been since we started keeping stats in the 2002 – 2003 snow season. Is this the season that Buffalo takes the bragging rights away from Syracuse and better yet get’s Buffalo permanently engraved on the Golden Snowball Trophy?

Since the resurrection of the Golden Snowball contest Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse as snow champs. I’m still not even close to counting Rochester out this season. Rochester, just like Buffalo and Syracuse can tap into some Lake Effect snow or better yet some late season snow storms that most likely will be coming. I do think the time has come though for The Roc to start turning it up a notch and maybe even do a little snow dance to help them catch up ;)

Do I look Like I am Ready To Part with The Golden Snowball Trophy

Picture of Golden Snowball Trophy in Snow
Photo by Dennis Nett of The Post Standard

Stay Tuned and Have an Awesome Day :)

Breaking – Syracuse Takes Lead In NY Golden Snowball Contest

Updated 2/22 8:00 PM - The early evening snow stats are updated and Syracuse Managed to hang on to the lead this time for more than just a few hours. WTG Syracuse. That said I hear it is snowing in Buffalo now so as always it will be interesting come the morning update, STAY TUNED :)
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Updated 2/22 AM – According to the latest National Weather Service update Syracuse has taken the lead in the Golden Snowball contest. The stats are as of the end of yesterday, 2/21 I believe so barring any adjustments from the NWS until the next update it’s Syracuse by 0.2 of an inch over Buffalo. WTG Syracuse.

I believe and KEEP in mind my fuzzy math that this is the first time since AROUND November 17th that Syracuse has had the lead at the top of the snow hill all alone. Syracuse did have the lead for several hours around January 7th or 8th but they shared it with Buffalo at the time in a two way tie in the snow race.

Below is what I posted a little while back not counting this last lead change…

From a previous post - I was curious so I just took a look back to see how long Buffalo has held the lead this season. I also wanted to see if there were any other leaders in the snow contest (Short Memory) and here is how the snow contest has played out so far.

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 Take 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)

More to Come so stay tuned ;)

Have a Great Day Everyone ;)

Syracuse Slides Closer to Buffalo, Snow Lead Under 4 Inches

Updated 2/20 7:00 PM - Syracuse continues their snowball assault on Buffalo and are now only 2.1 inches away from catching them. This weekend is going to be really interesting. Stay Safe All and Have a Great Night :)

Syracuse has been climbing the snow hill this last week and cut Buffalo’s lead down to just a little over 3 inches now. I don’t think Buffalo is going to give up the top spot without putting up a good snowball fight though.

This season Syracuse was missing just about every snowflake that was in the area. It seems now that they may have put some gas in the Lake Machine (Ontario Lake) because it seems to be working now. It’s looking a lot better for Syracuse which around February 6th was trailing Buffalo by 17 inches. What a difference February is making in both the Golden Snowball and The National snow contest, the Golden Snow Globe.

I believe this is the closest Syracuse has been to Buffalo since around January 8th when Syracuse was tied with Buffalo at 34.0 inches in the snow contest for a day but then fell 3 inches behind the next day. Buffalo is no way doomed and they keep adding to their snow totals too and are just an inch shy of hitting the 100 inch mark. It will be interesting to see which city hits it first. I’m gonna go with Buffalo I think. Then again as soon as I type my prediction Mother Nature does her thing to prove me wrong. I don’t think she likes me too much :(

Rochester is still lagging behind pretty good but I am sure they will get into the contest before it’s over. They are in the same rut as Syracuse was for most of the season. Hopefully they climb out of it and at least make this a 3 way snow race.

Have a Super Day All and Stay Warm :) Yeah, lots of luck with that huh :(

Buffalo Still Leads Golden Snowball Contest, Syracuse Closing In

Buffalo is still hanging tough at the top and even with the lake frozen isn’t really showing any sign of slowing down yet. Syracuse has once again closed the gap on the lead that Buffalo has but not by a lot. It’s been Buffalo pretty much the entire season so far sitting at the top of the snow hill :)

Albany WAS keeping up with the Big 3 Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester but is slowly fading away into the Horizon. I’m a little surprised because they were doing pretty good with the storms that came through but haven’t been able to cash in enough on the last couple of storms. I can’t say that they are out for the season but I think they will be on the disabled list pretty soon ;) Sorry Albany but being behind almost 30 inches right now (27.5) it’s not looking too good. Of course every time I say something like that Mother Nature slaps me and proves me wrong :(

Syracuse has managed to melt away about 7 inches from the lead that Buffalo did have a little while back and I think the 10 inch lead that Buffalo has right now is going to keep melting away. I think by the end of this weekend only a couple of inches will separate Buffalo and Syracuse with maybe, just maybe me saying Buffalo is now chasing Syracuse. Then again I am from Da’Cuse so that could be just wishful thinking ;)

Rochester isn’t through yet and I don’t think Binghamton is either. It seemed like earlier in the season Binghamton was able to catch some of the snow that moved to the south but recently they have been missing all of the snow that’s been around. Rochester was able to cash in on the last storm and won that snowball fight. There is still a lot of time left in the season for Rochester to melt away some of the lead that Buffalo and Syracuse have over the Roc but in a week or two they may want to start shipping in the snow making machines as backup.. Stay Tuned!

Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse are all in the Top 10 right now in the National Snow Contest. Buffalo is representing New York the best right now sitting in the #3 slot on the snow Mountains. WTG Buffalo! Syracuse is in the number 6 slot and Rochester is right behind them in the number 7 slot. Click Here to See the Top 25 Snowiest BIG Cities in The US.

Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Rochester Wins Latest Snowball Fight, Buffalo’s Lead Shrinks

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All of the numbers from the recent snowstorm are in and Rochester won this snowball fight by a few flakes. What was I even thinking when I mentioned that Rochester could go to last place :( All of the cities snow storm totals are below and the good news is that a few of us gained on Buffalo this round.

Syracuse not too long ago was behind by around 17 inches and as of the last update are behind a little less than a foot now. Rochester has been climbing up and we know it’s just a matter of time when they make their move. Well they actually did this last storm..

Buffalo’s lead in the snow contest has melted away a little more and I think with soooo much time left in the season it’s going to end up really close again this season. Looking at the snow stats and the way the snow has been falling this season, especially this month I think all of the cities have a shot at winning. Yes, including Albany, NY Go Figure..

The snow stats below are from Saturday thru Monday and as always don’t forget about my fuzzy math when I start adding up snowflakes and crunching numbers ;) Rochester won this snowball fight by 1.4 inches over Syracuse. See, having the airport a little to the North does hurt Syracuse more than you think… I really thought Albany was going to win this round thinking they would get around 14 inches. WTG Rochester :)

Rochester – 2/7 = 0.9, 2/8 = 5.5, 2/9 = 6.5 Total = 12.9
Syracuse – 2/7 = 2.1 2/8 = 3.6, 2/9 = 5.8 Total = 11.5
Albany – 2/7 = 0.9, 2/8 = 3.0, 2/9 = 6.1 Total = 10.0
Buffalo – 2/7 = 1.0, 2/8 = 2.4, 2/9 = 2.7 Total = 6.1
Binghamton – 2/7 = 0.8 2/8 = 0.8 2/9 = 2.4 Total = 4.0

Look for another update a little later and have an Awesome Day!

Buffalo Has Lead NY Snow Contest Almost From Start of Season

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OK, I don’t know if season summary so far makes any sense but hopefully by now you are all use to my great grammar in my posts. Hey, I do try and By the way I do read the emails I get once in awhile from some of you correcting me and I don’t just blow them off ;)

Buffalo continues to lead the Golden Snowball contest and keeps adding to their snow lead over the rest of the cities. Buffalo has held the lead since around 11/17.2014  As of the last update Buffalo leads the next best city and defending snow champs Syracuse by 12.8 inches. It’s looking like all of the cities in the Golden Snowball Contest will be seeing some snow the next few days and hopefully longer ;) The biggest problem the cities have been haing is that when they get some snow Buffalo gets just a little more and most of the time it’s just tenths of an inch of snow but it keeps adding to their lead…

I was curious so I just took a look back to see how long Buffalo has held the lead this season. I also wanted to see if there were any other leaders in the snow contest (Short Memory) and here is how the snow contest has played out so far.

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 Take 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)

Buffalo is the King of the snow contest for now and has been the King since around November 18th of 2014. Way to go Buffalo! Can Buffalo or should I say will Buffalo finish out the snowball fight this season? Stay Tuned and It’s hard to believe that we have only had 3 leaders this far into the snow season.

Have a Great Day Everyone ;)

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!