The Golden Snowball Award is a contest between 5 cities in CNY – Upstate New York. The contest is based on which city receives the most snowfall for the snow season. The cities that compete are Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Rochester and last years Champion, Syracuse." A trophy is awarded to the winning city every year.
Buffalo is now on the board with a trace of snow from a couple of weeks ago. Keep in mind though that a trace of snow doesn’t count as measurable snow. Once one of the cities get at least a tenth of an inch of snow the 2014 – 2015 Golden Snowball Contest will begin. Does anyone have any guesses as to which city you think will start of the snow contest this season?
If my memory serves me right and believe me it never does, I think every city in the contest may have started the contest off in past seasons. I’ll have to look back on that to see if Albany has ever started a the Golden Snowball contest off. It’s hard to even think of snow yet when the temperatures in most of New York have been unseasonably warmer than normal the last few days. Unfortunately that will be changing in the next few days and most of us will be dropping down to below normal temperatures.
Buffalo and Binghamton are both below their average snowfall for the season already. Just find that sort of funny for some reason. Buffalo on average, if there is a such thing as average or normal for NY snow should have 0.3 inches of snow and Binghamton should have 0.1 inches. They are slacking this season It will be interesting after last season if Buffalo can play hardball again and pile on some decent snow totals this season too.
I did an update on the National Snow Contest site and none of the snowiest big cities in the country have started the Golden Snow Globe contest off yet either. Quite a few of the cities are showing a trace of snow so far but as of a couple of days ago none are reporting any measurable snowfall yet. I think within the next several days that contest will be starting up and maybe this one too. You can check those out here at The National Snow Contest.
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.
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I have to wonder if the folks in Buffalo can handle a few more inches of snow this season in order to claim the Golden Snowball Award? As of today there is only 2.1 inches of snow separating Syracuse and Buffalo.
Time is running out but we are still stuck in this pattern that keeps bring cold air into the cities. A quick blast of snow over Buffalo and they could dethrone last seasons snow champ Syracuse. Do you want it Buffalo or is it enough already?
There has only been a couple of times since the contest was resurrected that it’s been this close at the end of the season and I DON’T like it. It makes it too hard to call the contest come the 1st of May. Several years back I went into negotiations with one of the city reps at the time. They wanted it called April 1st and I said that it was too early to call it because we still get snow. We agreed to May 1st but what happens if a city, let’s say Buffalo gets a few more inches May 5th and goes ahead of Syracuse? Who was really the snowiest city in the contest? Any thoughts?
There hasn’t been much to post about lately with the weather being the way it’s been buttttt… That is about to change and has already changed in Buffalo. I just saw a picture that was posted showing it is snowing pretty good in Buffalo right now. Buffalo is less than 3 inches away from Syracuse, the current King of The Snow Hill. Only 2.8 inches separates them right now. Both cities are expecting snow today which is hard to believe after the warm weekend we just had.
Can Buffalo overtake Syracuse and finally get a win under their snow belt? Right now it’s just rain in the Syracuse area but that is expected to change over to wet snow in a couple of hours. I’ll have to look back but I think if Buffalo can get ahead of Syracuse that this would be the latest comeback since the Golden Snowball contest was started up again. Don’t quote me on that though. Stay tuned and look for an update later on when some snow stats start coming out.
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————————————— Updated 3/30 7 PM - The evening snow totals just came out from the National Weather Service and The Golden Snowball contest just got a whole lot closer.
Buffalo ended up picking up 5.6 inches of new snow between last night and today. Buffalo has cut the lead that Syracuse had down to only 2.9 inches. No doubt this race is going to the end of the season. It may be the summer season but it’s going down to the end of one of the seasons
3/30 3:00 PM - As of the last update Buffalo is now only 4.8 inches away from storming the snow hill to tie Syracuse and just 4.9 inches away to be crowned King of the Golden Snowball Contest.
It seems like every time Syracuse has built up a decent lead this season Buffalo comes right back with a vengeance. I’ve been telling people for the last month or so not to count Buffalo out of the snow contest this season. Buffalo has stayed within at least a foot or so of Syracuse and normally when Syracuse gets that big of a lead they find a storm to tap into. In the voice of Ronald Reagan, “Well, There You Go Again” Buffalo
Both Buffalo and Rochester tapped into this last storm that missed Syracuse and the other GSB cities picking up some decent snow for this time in the season. So far and most likely there will be more to add Buffalo has added another 3.7 inches to move them up to 126.8 inches on the season. Rochester picked up 4.8 inches of new snow to move their totals up to 108.5 on the season.
Buffalo also still has a real shot at taking the top spot in the National snow contest at www.goldensnowglobe.com . Buffalo has been holding on to the #3 spot on the snow mountain for awhile now right behind Syracuse and Erie, PA. Good Luck Buffalo
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Are you one of those people that the glass is half full or half empty? If it’s half full then the good news is that I had over 25 Robins flying around the yard today. The Robins have returned which is a good sign of what is right around the corner The not so good news for those of you with half empty glasses is that they were dodging snowflakes as they were chasing the squirrels away.
The Robins Have Returned
At one point there were about 15 of them digging for worms in a little spot that had some grass showing and of course the snow was all around them. They must have eaten well on their trip back because they were fat. Either that or they were all females waiting to lay some eggs sometime soon. It’s just nice to see them back and rumor has it that come the end of NEXT week we may be turning the page on this winter season.
Syracuse continues to hold the top spot on the snow hill but Buffalo is still just a storm away from them. I think it’s getting to the point, make that past the point where most people don’t want any more snow.
The National Snow Contest has been really close also with Erie, PA holding the lead for most of the season. Syracuse was able to tie and then pass them but that only lasted for about a day. Right now only 2 inches separate the top spot and Buffalo even has a slight chance at being crowned the Snowiest BIG City in the US. You can check that out at www.goldensnowglobe.com .
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Syracuse has added a few snowflakes to widen their lead on second place Buffalo. Syracuse now leads by 7.2 inches as of the last update. Don’t worry Buffalo fans, there is still plenty of time left to catch Syracuse and win the Golden Snowball trophy. It seems like every time I look at the radar something is falling in Buffalo. Hopefully they keep the pressure on Syracuse. Buffalo is also doing good this season in the National Snow Contest Here.
Rochester managed to slip and slide past Binghamton the last update and are now in third place. I want to say that Rochester is having a bad year as far as snow goes but they are actually over their average snow totals for where they should be for this time in the season.
Now while I was sleeping and I don’t know how I missed this Buffalo and Albany slid past what their snow totals for the entire season. Buffalo has 106.1 inches of snow right now and what they get on average for the entire season is 94.7. Albany is at 65.2 right now and their entire season averages 59.1. Way to go Buffalo and Albany on being the first cities to go over you seasonal totals. Binghamton most likely is next needing only 0.8 inches to pass their normal. Of course this season I don’t think anything has been too normal across the country as far as snow and cold goes.
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
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.
Buffalo keeps piling on the snow and now has a pretty decent lead over the rest of the Golden Snowball cities. Buffalo has almost a foot of snow more than Syracuse who is currently in second place in the snow contest.
I think the big news is that as of yesterday 1/8/14 Buffalo has had more snow this early in the season than ALL of last season. Buffalos”(?) current snow total as of yesterday is 62.9 inches. Buffalo only received 58.8 inches of snow for the entire 2012-2013 snow season. WTG Buffalo
Buffalo also set a date record with 7.6 inches of snowfall beating the old record of 6.6 inches dating all the way back to 1942. If my math is correct and don’t forget it normally isn’t, so far Buffalo has a 3 day total 17.6 inches. Jeesh, isn’t Lake Erie frozen over yet?
I don’t think the rest of us have to worry just yet because we still have about 3 more months of snow left. In other words it is still just the beginning of our snowy season and we all know from past years that one good storm changes everything.
Have a Great Day All
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