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It’s been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks with none of the golden snowball cities adding to their total snowfall for the season.  The cold air is back so hopefully the lake effect machine starts cranking up soon.  Speaking of Lake Effect I think it’s time we have a contest with a real prize this time.

Enter the Contest 

Not like the ones we always have with the winner getting a virtual pat on the back for winning.  The prize for this contest is an autographed book by CNY’s own Mark Monmonier called Lake Effect.  Mark has had several books published in the past and this is his latest book.  I’m sure you all can figure out what it is about by the name (Lake Effect) of his book.  Read more about Mark Monmonier and his books below.

The contest will be similar to the one that Stephen and I are playing on the national snow site .  Here is what you need to do to enter and it’s for US residents only and if you have any questions feel free to contact me..

#1 – Guess the total snowfall that all of the Golden Snowball cities will have combined at the end of February.  In other words add up the total snowfall for all 5 cities – Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.  An example is right now the total of the 5 cities would be 131 inches.  You can go to the nearest tenth of an inch. EX: 156.2.

#2 – Tie Breaker Only – Pick the city that you think will be in second place at that time, the end of February 28th.  We will use this only if there happens to be a tie in number 1, the total snowfall amount.

#3 – All entries must be received by 11:59 PM this Sunday, January 20th 2013.  To enter for your chance to win this awesome autographed book use the contact page at the top of the site.  Write Contest in the Subject box and be sure to add your total snowfall guess and what city you think will be in 2nd place.  It’s that simple 😉

Of course as always we are not responsible for lost emails, blocked, etc, etc.  In our own words if we screw up we’re sorry :(  Once we get your entry I will send you an email confirming that we did within a reasonable amount of time.  Normally within a day or two.  OK, more about Mark Monmonier’s book Lake Effect.

I’ve just been able to get a little reading in so far but from what I have read it’s interesting.  One of the things that stand out so far and I’m only at the beginning is how long it took to find out about lake effect snow and how they did it.  I’m looking forward to getting the time to finish the book.

More Info on Mark Monmonier and his latest book Lake Effect:

CNY’s own Mark Monmonier and his 15 books have been written up in The New Yorker, The Globe, The Times Literary Supplement, Scientific American, Library Journal,  Publishers Weekly and more

About the Book – Blending meteorological history with the history of scientific cartography, Monmonier charts the phenomenon of lake-effect snow and explores the societal impacts of extreme weather. Along the way, he introduces readers to natural philosophers who gradually identified this distinctive weather pattern, to tales of communities adapting to notoriously disruptive storms, and to some of the snowiest regions of the country.

Characterized by intense snowfalls lasting from a couple of minutes to several days, lake-effect snow is deposited by narrow bands of clouds formed when cold, dry arctic air passes over a large, relatively warm inland lake. With perhaps only half the water content of regular snow, lake snow is typically light, fluffy, and relatively easy to shovel. Intriguing stories of lake effect’s quirky behavior and diverse impacts include widespread ignorance of the phenomenon in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since then a network of systematic observers have collected several decades of data worth mapping, and reliable short term predictions based on satellites, Doppler radar, and computer models are now available.

Moving effortlessly from atmospheric science to anecdotes, Monmonier offers a richly detailed account of a type of weather that has long been misunderstood. Residents of lake-effect regions, history buffs, and weather junkies alike will relish this entertaining and informative book.

Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. He is the author of fifteen books, including How to Lie with Maps; Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather; Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy; and Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change. Lake Effect Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows BUY DIRECT from Syracuse University Press


It looks like we hit our January thaw and I’m kind of glad that we can get it out of the way.  From reading around it looks like a few warm days are ahead of us and as I type the winds are gusting pretty good in the ‘Cuse area.  Hopefully in the next couple of days the snow and ice on the roof melts so I can take the outdoor Christmas decorations down.  I think it was just a few years ago when it was nonstop snow and cold when the lights were up until March.

The last post was about the snowman contest and I think it’s time we have one here at the Golden Snowball website.  Not like our normal ones where you guesstimate the totals and win a pat on the back if you’re right.  This one will be for a real prize :)  I’m still trying to figure out the details but it will be based on a little contest that Stephen and I have going right now on the National snowiest city website which was just updated by the way.

I already have a prize in mind which is an autographed copy of a book I received a couple of months ago based on lake effect snow written by weather expert author Mark Monmonier.  He has several other books that are published and that are great reads for any weather enthusiasts.  More to come in the next day or two.

Have a Great Day All!