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Defending snow champs Syracuse, NY has once again won the New York State Golden Snowball contest for the 2015-2016 snow season. Congrats to Syracuse. That’s all I have to say, really. Pretty much like the snow season was for most of New York, boring, that’s my post. I’M JOKING 😉

I’m looking back to when this snow season started up and the first post or snow update I did was on 10/19/2015. I’m guessing that was the first measurable snowfall this season but don’t hold me to it. It could have been the first time I looked. That update I showed Syracuse receiving 0.4 inches of snow and Binghamton receiving 0.3 inches.

The first lead change I’m showing was around 11/15 when Binghamton took the lead ousting Syracuse with just a tenth of an inch of snow at 0.5 inches. The next lead change was around 11/23/2015 when Binghamton, NY took the lead with an inch of snow. Rochester took the lead when the next report came out from the National Weather Service the next day with 1.2 inches.

The next lead change was around 12/20/2015 if my stats are right and it was Binghamton taking the lead with just 2.0 inches of snow on the season. I had to do a double look as I’m typing this to make sure I didn’t leave out a zero somewhere. That just goes to show you how boring this season was :(

Rochester took over the lead again on or around 12/28 with 3.2 inches of snow. I’m not making this stuff up folks, talk about a wimpy snow season. No wonder none of the New York cities won the National snow contest at the Golden Snow Globe website :( Syracuse finally took back the lead on or around New Years Day with 4.4 inches only to give it up to Buffalo around 1/12 which had 7.9 inches. So as of January 12th, 2016 Buffalo had a whopping 7.9 inches of snow. Really! Lead changes so far are at 7 I believe 😉

OK, on or around 1/13 things started getting real, lol. Syracuse retook the lead picking up over a foot of snow and their totals jumped all the way up to 22.0 inches. Obviously the best snowfall for any of the cities to date. Buffalo also piled up some decent snow and their snow totals were at 15.3. The next 10 to 15 days pretty much made the season. Between January 13th and January 25th Syracuse was able to pile up around a 15 inch lead over Buffalo. Rochester was also adding to their snow totals but was in 3rd place as of 1/25.

Right around 2/15 – 2/16 Rochester was able to cash in on some really decent snow to slip past Buffalo to grab the number 2 spot on the snow hill. I’m thinking about 18 inches of snow. Buffalo was able to melt away an inch at a time off of Rochester’s 2nd place spot but just couldn’t get enough. I think the race for 2nd place this season was more exciting that the race for the trophy. Syracuse never looked back after taking the lead on or around the 13th of January.

April turned out to be a little surprising and actually being more exciting than November or December was. Go figure that one out. OK, I’m sure it has a lot to do with El’Nino. Speaking of El’Nino there is one thing I did learn this season. My snow dances don’t stand a chance against El’Nino :( Not going to happen 😉

Food for thought – This is the 2nd lowest snow total that a winning city has had since I started keeping snow stats for the Golden Snowball contest which was back in the 2002-2003 snow season. The only other time that the snow totals were lower was in the 2011-2012 snow season. Rochester, New York won that season with 58.9 inches of snow beating out Syracuse’s 50.6 inches of snowfall on the season.

I believe the 2002-203 season was the first season that the Golden Snowball contest was resurrected since the late 1990’s. The snow contest started sometime back in the 1970’s and then had a pause when the National Weather Service in Rochester shut down. Looking back this season has to be one of the lowest snow totals that a winning city has had. You all can figure that out by checking out the snow stats that date back to the 1940-1941 snow season at . Notice that Syracuse wasn’t even listed until the 1951-51 season.

Congrats again Syracuse and have an AWESOME, SAFE Summer everyone 😉

First as always I want to give a big Thanks to those of you who have donated to the snow site. They really helped out a lot and I appreciate them. Thank You Adam B., Kerry H. and Keith S. for taking the time 😉
OK, I know Buffalo and Rochester still trail Syracuse by 20 plus inches of snow this season but it looks like Buffalo may be closing the snow gap come the next update. I’m not sure about Rochester though.

Syracuse should be adding a little to their snow totals when the evening update is posted by the National Weather Service but I have a feeling Buffalo will be adding a lot more. I took a peek at the radar this morning before I headed to bed and it looked like some decent Lake Effect snow was just getting ready to head into Buffalo. I’m not sure how long it lasted but it looked like a decent snow band.

I’m looking at the radar right now and it looks like another band of Lake Effect is getting ready to drop down into Buffalo again. It should be interesting to see if Buffalo can get enough snow to make the snow contest close again. Let’s face it, it’s just not as much fun unless there is a snowball fight going on at the top of the snow hill.

All of the cities continue to be wayyy behind what their average snowfall to date should be right now. All of the cities are also way behind what they had at this time last season which the numbers above show. Luckily there is a lot of time left in the 2015-2016 snow season and I’m sure that makes everyone happy :) Stay Tuned for another update a little later and try to stay warm.

Have an Awesome Day!

Buffalo has been closing in on Syracuse the last few days but looking at the radar right now and the snow falling it looks like it may be advantage Syracuse. A lake effect snow band has been hitting Syracuse off and on while it looks like the snow band off of Lake Erie has been hanging to the south of Buffalo. Who is getting snow right now?

It also looks like The Roc is getting some snow from a decent snow band around the Rochester area right now. It will be interesting to see if Rochester can catch up a little with the snow that is falling and expected to fall there today and tomorrow.

Syracuse and Buffalo both finally hit the two feet of snow mark yesterday and it’s still hard to believe that it didn’t happen this season until January 17th. All 5 of the Golden Snowball cities are still well behind their average snow totals for this time in the season but today’s snow could change that for a couple of the cities.

Rochester and Binghamton have been quiet so far this season but from reading around and looking at the radar it looks like Rochester is going to tap into some decent lake effect snow also if they haven’t already. Rochester and Binghamton are both under a foot of snow for the season as of the last update which doesn’t include the overnight snow. Then there is Albany, enough said 😉

Keep checking your local forecasts for today and tomorrow because the National Weather Service has several watches and warnings out for some of the cities. Syracuse is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

Rochester is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from January 18, 07:00 AM EST until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

A Big Thank You to John F. for your recent donation to the snow site. As always, your donations help offset some costs and time spent on the snow site. Thanks John :)

Stay tuned for another update when the new snow stats come out a little bit later today. No doubt it will be interesting to see what the cities have gotten so far :)

First off as always a big Thanks to Larence M. and Alison S. for your kind donation and for taking the time to help out the snow site. Thank You Alison and Larence, I really do appreciate it :)


Syracuse has snowed their way into first place and the top spot on the snow hill in the Golden Snowball contest. A nice way to start out the New Year and Happy New Year from my family to yours :)

I’ll have to look back but I am pretty sure this is the first time that Syracuse has been in the lead this season. WTG ‘Cuse! I’m not sure how long Syracuse can hold on to the snow lead now that the cold air has finally arrived in all of the GSB cities. I’m still just shaking my head that the city leading on January 1st this season only has 4.4 inches of snow so far.

I just combined all of the cities snow totals for this season and it only come out to 17.2 inches of snow if my math is right. That is still less than what Albany’s average totals should be for this time in the season. Yeah, a pitiful snow season so far to say the least.

Stay tuned because I think there may/will be a few changes by the time the weekend is over. Have an awesome night all and Have a Great New Year!

Syracuse’s Latest Date in Season Without an Inch of Snow

According to CNY Central and Molly Matott this is the latest that Syracuse, New York has gone in a season without receiving at least an inch of snow. The previous record was tied yesterday, December 18th which was set in 1998 and broken today December 19th with the National Weather Service still only reporting 0.8 inches of snow for Syracuse this season. WTG Syracuse, now stop it and let’s get the lake effect machine cranking while we finally have some cold air around.

Buffalo’s Longest Latest Snowless Streak Comes To an End

It didn’t come to an end with a big bang, but Buffalo’s streak of the latest they have received measurable snowfall in a season has ended. It ended yesterday, 12/18 when Buffalo received a tenth of an inch of snow. Pretty much just a dusting but a measurable dusting of snow and that is what Buffalo’s snow totals as of the last update are so far this season, 0.1. Buffalo blew away the previous record by over two weeks which was set wayyy back on December 3rd, 1899 for the latest measurable snowfall at the airport. WTG Buffalo 😉 I’m really not liking this trend at all BTW :(

This Season’s Snow Compared to Normal and Last Season

Taking an idea (stealing, shhh) from an article I read by Glenn Coin from the Post Standard I added up some snow totals and keep in mind my fuzzy math 😉 I totaled up all of the snow that the Golden Snowball cities have received so far this season and compared them to what the normal totals should be and also to what all of the cities had this time last season. I’m pretty sure that none of you in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton or Albany are complaining about too much snow this season or how cold it’s been. I’m pretty sure the folks with snowmobiles, skiers and those of you that ice fish and plow probably are though and should be..

All Cities Combined Snow Totals

This Snow Season – 3.2 Inches of Snow (Really)

Normal Snow Season – 96.9 Inches of Snow

Last Season (2014-2015) – 128.2 (WOW)

Prety wild isn’t it? Enjoy it while you can because I’m pretty sure it won’t last thru the season. Then again, ya never know! Have a Great Weekend Everyone :)

WTG Buffalo on receiving now measurable snow so far this season breaking the old record for no snow this late in the season. Keep it up Buffalo 😉

Buffalo National Weather Service Statement – “It’s official, Buffalo has set a new record for the latest measurable snow. The previous record was December 3rd, set back in 1899. We will continue to add to this record for many days to come, with no cold or snow expected for at least the next 10 days. Here is the 6-10 day forecast, showing very high chances for above normal temperatures to last for much of the nation through the middle of December.”.

As of the last update, all of the Golden Snowball cities are behind what the average snowfall totals should be and WAY behind what we all had at this time last season. From reading around, it looks like the snow may hold off through at least the next couple of weeks butttt… A snow dance is in the works so that will probably change 😉

Have a Great night everyone!