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 Snows It’s Not Over Yet

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?

Have a Great Day All :)

Can Buffalo Snow Past Syracuse For a Late Upset

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.

Have an Awesome Day All :)

Buffalo is Like The Snow, They Just Won’t Go Away

First Off as always a big Thank You to Alison S. for your donation to the website. They help out a Whole lot with the cost and time spent on the site. I truly appreciate it Alison and Thanks again :) Like you mentioned, the site is here to have some fun and to help pass the season by.
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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 ;)
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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 ;)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!

Happy Spring All BUT The Snow Contest Goes On

Hey, some good news for you snow haters. In just a couple of hours you can look out the window and say Goodbye to Winter and Hello to Spring. The bad news is that the snow contest lives on for the main fact that we will probably be getting more snow ;) But wait, there is more good news. The days start getting longer than the nights do now, Wooo Hooo ;)

Syracuse only has less than an 8 inch lead on Buffalo right now so even if we could it would be way too early to call it when it’s this close. Buffalo could slide past Syracuse with one decent storm and I don’t think we are done with the storms just yet. There was one the other day that hit the South but it didn’t come North enough to effect us.

It is the first day of Spring though so we know what is right around the corner. Most likely a long HOT summer and me whining about how hot it is every minute of the day. I’m joking, kind of ;) I’m looking forward to hanging by the pool sipping on a Margarita errr, I mean soda pop and the smell of fresh cut grass…

Have an Awesome Day 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 :)

Exactly 100 Inches of Snow for Syracuse So Far

Just a quick post that Syracuse has hit the 100 inch mark this season. 100.0 inches to be exact. Buffalo is still staying close to Syracuse and added another couple of inches. I think the question now is where the heck is Rochester this season? Rochester is always right up there but for some reason just can’t get it going yet.

I think it’s time for a few of you in Rochester to do a snow dance to see if you can get the snow flying again. There is still enough time to make a run for the King of the Snow Hill but time is slowly running out. Have a Great Night 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!