To The Buffalo Area – Good Luck and Stay Safe

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OK, I normally try to keep the snow site fun after all that’s what it’s all about. Having fun and maybe helping the winter season pass by a little faster. That said what’s going on in the surrounding Buffalo area is I think one of the most serious situations I have seen. With that I am just going to post a couple of comments that were were posted and you won’t hear me say this too often but I do hope the snow stops soon. Here is what Angelo posted in a comment to the site and my reply.

Angelo – “Just wanted to update you guys, official snow fall in my town of Lancaster over last 2 days is 73 inches, south buffalo has about 65 on the ground. Airport is on the border of the heavy snow line but should receive another foot tonight and tomorrow. Lancaster is looking at another 20 plus inches in the same time frame. Maybe we can reach that magic number of 100 inches! In all seriousness this storm has claimed 7 lives so far and has collapsed a number of roofs and with the additional snow and 50 degree temps we will be seeing Sunday through Tuesday I’m sure we will be seeing even more collapses and major flooding. Wish us luck!”

Me – “Hey Angelo, Wow is still the only word that comes to mind. It’s cool seeing the numbers, pictures and videos but then again I wish I wasn’t seeing them because I know how serious the situation is there and all around there. Definitely Good Luck to all of you effected and I hope there are no more deaths from this unbelievable snowfall. My thought s and Yes prayers are with all of you. I’m not looking forward to what we will most likely be reading once the temps start going up. Stay Safe,”

I wish Nothing but the best to our friends in the Buffalo area ;)
Patrick

Buffalo Takes The Snow Lead But Wow

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Updated 11/19 6 PM - Ok, Buffalo has double what they had the last update and I still think when all is said and done they will have a pretty decent lead on the rest of us. Right now they are at 8.5 inches on the season adding another 4.5 inches of snow since the last update. I also still think they are going to make a run for the top slot in the National snow contest before all is said and done. Go Buffalo and Stay Tuned ;)

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It’s not too often I feel for our arch rival, Buffalo but I do today for a couple of reasons. First off when I checked the snow stats from NOAA and only saw 2.7 inches of new snow being at reported at the airport I was shocked. Especially after looking at probably over 100 pictures today of the unbelievable amounts of snow that has been falling all around the Buffalo area. Don’t get me wrong either.

I understand how lake effect snow is and how it can set up and dump several feet of snow like it’s doing now in the towns around Buffalo and probably even in Buffalo but when I was looking at the radar the last day or so it looked like it was set up where the airport was going to cash in too. Maybe they do measure after the planes take off instead of before like we do here in Syracuse ;)

OK, all joking aside I am seeing reports of some epic snowfall in several cities with totals of 4 feet or more and counting. All I can say to all of you folks being affected by that much snow is Please stay safe. As much fun as the snow contest is, that is some serious snow and dangerous to say the least. Good Luck all and Congrats Buffalo on taking the lead…

Buffalo Dead Last In Snow Contest

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OK, I had to hurry up and get that out, that Buffalo is in last place in the Golden Snowball contest. Chances are I won’t be saying that for awhile with all of the lake effect snow that they are expecting the next couple of days. So, Yup, Buffalo is in dead last place and even behind Albany, snicker ;)

From reading around the weather sites it’s looking like it is still a go for Buffalo to receive close to a couple of feet and maybe even more. Hopefully for you snow lovers the snow bands will set up just right and hang over the airport. Don’t underestimate this either because with the wind and that amount of snow there is no doubt it will be dangerous out there so Drive careful and stay safe.

buffalo and erie, pa lake effect storm

Predictions For Snow

I just added 0.6 of an inch to Buffalo’s totals so the chances are that it is snowing right now there. It will also be interesting to see if Buffalo can over take Erie, Pa in the National Snow Contest Here. Right now Buffalo isn’t even in the top 25 snowiest cities but if this all pans out they should most likely jump to at least second place in the contest. Depending on how Erie makes out with the lake effect snow Buffalo may even have a shot at taking the top spot on the snow mountain in the Golden Snow Globe contest. Stay Tuned!

Syracuse Slides Into First in GSB Contest

Syracuse has pushed Binghamton a spot down the snow hill to move into the #1 spot for the first time this season. All of the Golden Snowball cities now have measurable snow this season and obviously we have only just begun ;)

It’s close and only 0.3 of an inch separate Syracuse and Binghamton as of the last update from NOAA. I’m out of town right now so unfortunately I missed the first snowfall of the season although I did see a few snowflakes falling here in Clayton, NC this morning. I think I counted about 11 of them ;)

I think this is going to be another fun season and as always any of the cities can win the Golden Snowball trophy which sits just outside of the Mayors office door on a shelf here in Syracuse. OK, I don’t think Albany can win but it’s up for grabs for the other four cities.

Have an Awesome Weekend All :)

Binghamton Leads Golden Snowball Contest

Updated 11/14 10 am - Binghamton is reporting another 1.1 inches of new snowfall on the season bringing their new snow totals to 1.3 to date and sledding them back into first place.

For some reason The National Weather service is only showing 0.2 of an inch of snow for Buffalo now instead of the 0.3 inches. We will have to see if that was a correction or a mistake. If that’s the case then Binghamton has been at the top of the snow hill the whole season so far :)

Rochester and Syracuse have finally gotten on the snow board. Both cities are reporting 0.2 inches of snow for the new 2014-2015 snow season. Looks like the snow race is on. Of course and then there is Albany, our Great states capital. Enough said about Albany ;) Have an Awesome Day Everyone!
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Buffalo is the second city so far this season to show some measurable snowfall in the Golden Snowball contest. Only 0.3 of an inch but enough to slip past Binghamton to take the top spot on the snow hill ;) Snow is suppose to be in the air for the next day or two so I’ll keep this post updated as to how the GSB cities are doing.

Way to go Buffalo and could this be your season ;) Stay Tuned!

Let The Golden Snowball Games Begin

Binghamton is the first city to strike first this snow season reporting 0.2 of an inch as of Friday.  That only means one thing, that the Golden Snowball contest for the 2014-2015 snow season has begun.  Way to go Binghamton :)

None of the other cities are showing any measurable snow yet for this season.  All of the Golden Snowball cities are reporting at least a trace of snow now though after the cold air we had on Friday.  Is everyone ready to get this snow season going?  Enough for now and let’s see which city is the next to report some snowfall…

Have a great weekend everyone ;)

Rochester Gets a Trace Easy Snow Season So Far

Rochester is the third city that got to see some snowflakes falling.  So far so good if you’re not a snow lover.  None of the cities have any measurable snow as of this last weekend.  This snow season is starting off pretty much the same as last season did.

Buffalo and Binghamton should have over an inch by now on average.  In the National Snow Contest Anchorage has the top spot on the snow mountain for now but that can and probably will change sometime soon.  As of this weekend there were 9 cities with measurable snowfall in the big city contest.  Remember that contest is for cities that have a population of 100,000 or more.  You can check that out at www.goldensnowglobe.com .

Have an Awesome Week All :)

Buffalo Second City to Show a Trace of Snowfall

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 ;) 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 :)

Binghamton is Showing a Trace of Snow

I suppose it’s too nice too soon and too nice out to say “Let The Snow Games Begin” but I figured it was time to at least make a post about the new snow season. I was a little surprised to see that Binghamton is showing a trace of snow already especially being the southern most city in the Golden Snowball snow contest.

I also had a major computer crash so I kind of wanted to take a test ride on the computer I am using as a back up which dates back to the beginning of time. Everything is taking about 5 times longer to do but it will have to do for now. I was fortunate that I did a full backup on the other computer a few months back so I was able to retrieve most of the stuff I needed. I should probably say surprisingly I did a full backup not too long ago because that doesn’t happen too often. All of the logins and passwords to sites that I need is a whole other story :(

I was reading an article by Glenn Coin over at Syracuse.com which inspired me to check on the stats today to see what was going on. It was mainly about Syracuse and the first snowfall of the season. Glenn mentioned that October 1st was the earliest day of Fall when syracuse has received more than just a trace of snowfall which was back in 1946. It was a little later for Buffalo and Rochester. You can check Glenn Coin’s article about early snowfall here!

Any predictions on which city will win the Golden Snowball contest this season? I thought for sure Buffalo was going to pull it off last season.  One more thing is that I did do an update on the National Snow Contest Website Golden Snow Globe and a few cities are also showing just a trace of snow.  No measurable snow as of the last update though.

OK, back to the nice October weather we are all having ;)

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.