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Buffalo October Surprise – Freak Snow Storm 2006

I wanted to share a cool video of the October Surprise snowstorm that hit Buffalo 10 years ago. Steven Madsen, aka the General from Buffalo, put this together several years back and we posted it back then too. I’ve been trying to find some posts that we made on the Golden Snowball site 10 years ago but that was right about the time that we switched over to a new design. All I could find was a post from the 13th and 14th back in 2006 which is also below.

National Snow Contest Started

I also wanted to let everyone know that the National snow contest over at Golden Snow Globe started up yesterday. Billings, Montana is the first Big city with measurable snow so far for the 2016-2017 snow season. You can check out the snowiest Big city in the United States here!

Video and Pictures (pics coming soon) From Steven Madsen

Golden Snowball Posts About Buffalo Storm 10 Years Ago

A blast from the past. Below is all I could find, unfortunately, that I posted on the snow site about the Buffalo October snow storm :(

10/13/06 – Let the golden snowball contest begin. Buffalo struck first breaking a record for measurable snow this early in the season with 8.6 inches on Thursday and breaking the all-time record of 6 inches dating back to Oct 31st, 1917. Way to early to be getting pounded with snow. Something isn’t right when I can use the word pounded this early in the season. Unfortunately with the lakes temp being around 60 degrees the cold front that is bringing on the Lake Effect Snow (LES) is producing heavy wet snow that has brought down a lot of trees. Over 155,000 are without power and some reporting up to 300,000 without power, schools are closed and so on.

All I can say is after the dismal snow season Buffalo had last year, they are off to a good start this year. Hopefully everyone is OK and hopefully, they get the power back and things back to normal soon. Remember “See Snow – Drive Slow”. Have a Safe Snow Season All and Let The Contest Begin! I’m off to see if my foursome still plans on golfing today.

10/14 – Talk about getting a jump on the contest this year. Buffalo is leading by almost 2 feet of snow. After Fridays record snow totals of 14 inches, they are well on their way to dethroning the champions, Syracuse. Buffalo’s total snowfall so far this season stands at 22.6 inches. Hello, it’s October, not January. Now we have to wonder if any more measurable snow will fall anytime soon. Nothing as freaky as what hit Buffalo this week I’d bet on.

Let’s not forget Rochester. They also struck early setting their record that dated back to 1874. Their total stands at 0.4 inches. Lake effect snow has never ceased to amaze me. How one city can get close to 2 feet of snow and another city just down the road gets less than an inch. I suppose that’s what makes the Golden Snowball contest so unpredictable.

Looking at this year and last years start of the season I don’t know which is freakier. Buffalo getting the first snowfall of 22.6 inches in October to start the contest. Or last year when it was Albany who started the contest and was winning for a brief period. Stay tuned for the next snow update which should be in about a month. Lets hope anyways. Have a great weekend all!

Some Good Articles About the Snow Storm at Buffalo News
* 50,000 Trees Lost From October Snow Storm
* Remembering the 2006 Buffalo Snow Storm
* TJ Pignatara – Can it Happen Again

Binghamton, New York kicked off the new 2015 – 2016 snow season by picking up 0.2 inches of snow yesterday. Congrats Binghamton and let the 2015 – 2016 Golden Snowball snow games begin. I’m sure everyone is sooo happy to get that pesky summer out of the way and start up the Winter season huh :) I didn’t think so :( The good news is that, ummm, OK, there really isn’t too much good news because we all have a long snowy season ahead of us.

Buffalo is way overdue to win the Golden Snowball contest and I have a feeling this may be Buffalo’s season to do it. Buffalo has come really close the last couple of seasons and of course who can forget last season when they received that epic snowfall that unfortunately hit all around the area but missed the airport. Since the Ressurection of the Golden Snowball contest Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse from the top of the snow hill and it will be interesting to see if The Rock has it in them this season.

Binghamton has actually won the contest way back in the past when the original Golden Snowball contest was running, but that was a long time ago. I think it will take some pretty weird weather for them to win it again. Then there is Albany. Enough said about Albany πŸ˜‰

It should be a fun 2015 – 2016 snow season so break out the gloves, boots and whatever else you need to make it through the winter. I’ll take a look later at the snow stats when they get updated again to see if any of the other cities have any measurable snowfall to report so stay tuned. Last I looked there was still a lot of lake effect snow falling around some of the Golden Snowball cities.

The National Snow Contest, the Golden Snow Globe started up several days back with Anchorage, Alaska picking up 2.8 inches of snow for the new season. Click Here for the snowiest big cities in the country at the National snow contest.

Have an Awesome Sunday Everyone πŸ˜‰

First off, a Big Thanks goes out to Evelyn M. for your recent donation to the snow site. Thank You Evelyn for taking the time, I really appreciate it :)

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Binghamton is the only city so far reporting snow from what could be our last blast of cold air. Binghamton picked up 0.3 inches of snow yesterday to bring their snow totals to 93.2 but unless some super freaky weather hits I’m pretty sure Binghamton is out of the running along with Rochester and Albany.

Syracuse’s snow lead over Buffalo is still just a little over 6 inches is looking good with the end of the contest fast approaching, but we still have some cold air around so no way have they clinched the snow title yet. All it will take is one decent band to set up over Buffalo and it will be interesting.

Looking at the snow stats I noticed that Syracuse is the only city in the Golden Snowball contest that is behind their normal snowfall to date. All of the other cities have already hit their normal snowfall for the season. Albany is winning that battle with 16.8 more snow than a typical snow season for them.

I’m guessing that after the taste of warm weather pretty much everyone is ready to get the snow contest over with and move on to Summer. It won’t be long and keep in mind that the normal call it a wrap date is May first so we are only about a week away. Stay Tuned πŸ˜‰

Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

First off, I want to give a Big Thanks to Valerie A. and Deborah B. for your kind donations to the snow site. I really appreciate both of you taking the time and they do help out. Thank You Deborah and Valerie :)

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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!

Updated 6 PM 1/2/2015 – After a big snow storm it there always seems to be one of the stations that show MM which means more or less not reporting :( . This last update it’s Rochester’s snow stats that we have to wait for. So in other words these are the latest snow totals as of around 4 PM for all of the cities except for The Roc.

So far depending on what Rochester has to report it looks like it will be either Buffalo or Albany winning this latest round in the snowball fight. Hard to tell if it’s still snowing around Albany and if they will have more to add. Either way it looks like Buffalo will be adding a little to their snow lead. Below are the snow stats from the snowstorm that hit yesterday and today for all of the cities except for Rochester. As always, keep in mind my fuzzy math πŸ˜‰

Buffalo – Yesterday 4.4 – Today 7.8 Total = 12.2
Albany – Yesterday Trace – Today 11.8 Total = 11.8
Binghamton – Yesterday 1.9 – Today 8.6 Total = 10.5
Syracuse – Yesterday 1.2 – Today 8.5 Total = 9.7
Rochester – Yesterday 2.3 – Today MM, not reporting?
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Updated Noon 1/2/2015 – It looks like this latest snow storm has just about passed through all of the Golden Snowball cities except for Albany at last glance at the radar. Β It should be interesting to see which of the cities got the most snow this last round. Β Lets hope that it isn’t Buffalo because their lead continues to grow over the rest of us.

Below are the latest snow stats from the National Weather Service and keep in mind that these are as of yesterday, 2/1/2015 and don’t include the overnight snowfall that the cities received. So far Buffalo is winning this round but of course with the way this snow storm was moving Buffalo would have been first in the snow and first out. Stay tuned for when the early evening snow stats come out a little later..

Snow Totals as of 2/1/2015

* Buffalo – 4.4
* Rochester – 2.3
* Binghamton – 1.9
* Syracuse – 1.2
* Albany – Trace

The national snow contest has been getting pretty interesting the last couple of days also with a lot of cities jumping around. It will be interesting to see if Buffalo, Syracuse or Rochester can move up in the contest. You can check the Golden Snow Globe Contest out Here!

Have a Great Day Everyone :)

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 πŸ˜‰ 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.

Have an Awesome Day Eveyone :)