Syracuse finally got some lake effect snow to help push them to the top of the snow hill. So far they are showing 2.5 inches of snowfall for the day to put them at the 3 inch mark. Just enough to take the lead from Binghamton who has been sitting at the top for awhile now.
Snow is still in the forecast so it should be interesting to see what later tonight and tomorrow drops on the Golden Snowball cities. Will Syracuse be able to hold the lead by the time the Lake Effect Machines start slowing down. Should be interesting
Then there is the possibility of a storm hitting the East Coast sometime this week. From what I have been reading the National Weather Service should have some kind of idea toward the end of this weekend as to how that storm will pan out and which cities it may effect. Makes me wonder if Albany may have an advantage with this one if it happens. More updates to come as the snow stats come in from NOAA.
Have a Great Night All
I was just looking around and checking some stats and so on for the Golden Snowball website here as I am getting ready for the new snow season and I cam across a link to our site from the CNY Central weather section here in Syracuse that I thought was pretty cool Most of the local news stations and websites have always been great about plugging the snow contest. No doubt Sean Kirst, who gave me the nickname The Oracle of the Golden Snowball contest, and www.syracuse.com made the snow contest as big as it is today along with a bunch of others including sites from Buffalo and Rochester like The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester and Buffalo News. There have also been some links from national websites and lots of smaller but cool blogs and so on. Thanks to all of you
But when I looked at the link on the CNY Central site I thought about a lot of my family and friends. I come from a family who has quite a few teachers in it along with a lot of friends that are also teachers. So when I saw the category that our site was listed under I kind of smiled
If you look toward the bottom of their webpage you will see some links that go to other sites under different categories. I love what the Category that my website is listed under on their site and when you see it you will catch my drift as to what I am talking about
Just call me Professor from here on please, and thank you very much to CNY Central and to all of the sites that have sent visitors here over the years
Hmmm, Professor Oracle maybe???
Have an awesome day all and don’t expect any improvement in my spelling and grammar in the near future Professor or not :)
Nothing measurable to report yet for the Golden Snowball cities but that could change anytime now. Just a trace of snow for Syracuse and Binghamton being reported so far. I did hear about some white stuff falling around Binghamton so we will see if that gets reported in the update later today/this evening.
My daughter is in town from the Carolina’s and I just took my Grandson for a nice brisk walk. Gotta show him where his roots are from. I think I was colder than he was and he handled it like a trooper from the North
The national snow contest has started and it’s all Colorado. I just did an update on th National Snowiest City site yesterday. You can check that out at Goldensnowglobe . com.
Have a Great Day All
I’ll be crunching numbers for those of you who entered to win the Autographed book “Lake Effect” signed by author Mark Monmonier. From taking a quick look at some of your snow stats that you guesstimated I can tell you that it’s pretty close between a handful of you.
OK, barring any fuzzy math on my part here are the entries that were pretty close to each other along with the winner of the contest. Thanks to all of you who entered
Stephen – 261.7 off by - 18.5
Kimberly – 299 off by - 18.8
Peter – 258.4 off by - 21.8
The winner and not by much is
* Don who had 297.5 and missed by 17.3 inches of snow.
END OF FUBRUARY TOTALS
Syracuse – 83.2
Rochester – 63.8
Binghamton – 53.8
Buffalo – 48.7
Albany – 30.7
Total = 280.2
The snow totals above is what NOAA, The National Weather Service has reported as of the end of yesterday. So the magic number to hit or be closest to after adding the totals of the 5 Golden Snowball cities comes out to 280.2 inches of snow.
First off Thanks for the donation Cynthia B. It’s very much appreciated
Thanks to Jan also for the info and lnk on Lake Erie Here is how Lake Erie is looking http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ofs/leofs/now_temp.shtml Jan metioned that Lake Erie is still mostly in the mid 30s, with a few edges frozen over which the map shows:
Some of you may have noticed that the website was down for a day or so. Sorry about that and hopefully it’s up for awhile now. It still may not be up in some parts of the state or country but hopefully by the end of the day everyone can get to it again. Thanks Barry for the heads up on it also. I’m just able to get on now and update the snow stats.
While we were down here Rochester made their move. Not enough to catch Syracuse yet but they slid past Binghamton to move into second place on the snow hill. WTG Rochester. Most of the cities are just a storm or two away from taken the lead from Syracuse and now it’s just a matter of which city will step up first.
I think we all know that sooner or later Buffalo will make some kind of move to the top I think they better make it sooner rather than later before their Lake Effect Machine freezes over with this Arctic cold air around. Does anyone know how much of the lakes have frozen over yet?
Have an awesome weekend Everyone!
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 http://goldensnowglobe.com 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!
I was just looking at the snow stats and all of the cities are below their normal snowfall averages for this time of year. Could this be another season like the 2011 – 2012 snow season? Could be but I don’t think it’s going to be.
I haven’t looked at last season but it seems to be colder more days than it was the last. Plus right now with the exception of Albany all of our snow totals are over last season. Not by a lot but we’re off to a slightly better start this season and it’s so early into the snow season. Below is the difference from what the average snow totals should be for this time of year.
Albany is -4 inches
Binghamton is -4.9
Buffalo is -10.2
Rochester is -10
Syracuse is -12.5
Let’s wait, hope and see if we can catch up to those stats some time in the near future Have a Great weekend ev
Coming to you live from New York it’s the 2012 – 2013 Golden Snowball snow contest! Hello all, we hope you had an awesome summer. We sure did with plenty of poolside cocktails and soda pops to go with plenty of hot, hot days of sunshine. Now it’s just a memory of the past as the cold weather is upon us with the possibility of another storm coming up the coast.
Normally when I here storm I’m all in but because of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy and so many folks still without power I’m hoping this one passes by those on the East coast. I know I have several family members and friends who were and still are being affected by Hurricane Sandy. Most likely you do too. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.
Once again congrats to Rochester, last seasons champion Who would have thought that around 60 inches of snow would win the Golden Snowball contest. Not us that’s for sure but they did and you can bet all of the other cities will be out to dethrone them and knock them off from being the king of the snow hill this season.
That’s about it for now but I’m sure it’s only a matter of days, maybe even hours before one of our great cities has snow to report and gets on the snow board. Any thoughts on who this seasons snow champion will be?
Hey, have a fun, safe winter season and remember – See Snow – Drive Slow!
You’ve probably seen or heard of the movie Mr Smith Goes to Washington. Well Tuesday was a reverse when “Andrea From Washington Came to Syracuse”. Andrea, who I’ll call Snowless in Washington, is a writer for the Washington Post in Washington, DC who was on a quest to find snow and to hopefully build a snowman.
She contacted me and a couple others to see if I had any ideas as to where she should begin and said she was going to head toward Binghamton. So I think and then think some more. Here I am just outside of a city that is suppose to be one of, if not the snowiest Big city in the country and I couldn’t say come to Syracuse we have tons of the white fluffy gold just laying around. No, I had to say to Snowless that maybe Fulton or the Tug Hill region may have some. Yes, it was hard to say Fulton and even embarrassing but I said it. I figured with the snow they got last weekend that there still had to be some leftovers laying around somewhere to the north of Da’Cuse.
In the mean time I noticed that there was a little snow pile in one of the parking lots by my house. I thought if worst comes to worst I could always take Snowless to one of the bigger parking lots in Syracuse like at one of the malls. I put a call into Sean Kirst to see if he knew of any snow or even snow banks around in the Syracuse area or around the Clinton Square ice rink. He told me to hold on while he looked out the window for a look at the ice rink. I was happy to hear Sean say that there was a small snow pile right next to the rink. So that was plan A for me but I had to run it by Snowless to see if that was something she could use. She said she would meet me on Tuesday morning and we would drive around and check it out and then head up to Fulton for some real snow on the ground.
I’m still shaking my head for the fact that here it is a third of the way into February and in all of the Golden Snowball cities no Freaking snow to show off Anyways, Snowless came to my house around noon and off we went on the quest to find snow and build a snowman. Snowless (Andrea) did write a cool and fun article about her search for snow and she tells the story a lot better than I can. You can check out the article Here at the Washington Post.
Thanks for a fun day Andrea and if there is a next time I’ll teach ya how to build a snowman ;)
It’s finally snowing again in the Golden Snowball cities and there was some sliding around in the line-up. Rochester jumped into 2nd place and Buffalo managed to move into 3rd dropping Binghamton all the way down to 4th place. Not a whole lot of snow but from what we have seen so far this winter season it’s enough to keep this contest close and the Golden Snowball trophy up for grabs still.
Yesterdays snow stats show:
Albany – 0.2
Syracuse - 0.6
Binghamton – 0.9
Buffalo – 3.5
Rochester – 5.0 inches of snow.
Rochester was the big winner but it’s still snowing in some of the cities and should be interesting to see which city gets the most through tonight and if they can overtake Syracuse for the top spot on the snow hill. Updates as they come in.
Have a great week all