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Binghamton Wins Golden Snowball Snow Contest

WOW! A huge CONGRATULATION to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball contest for the 2016-2017 snow season. Binghamton defeated last season’s snow champs and seasonal favorite Syracuse, NY to take the top spot on the Golden Snowball snow hill. Binghamton also broke several records including the big one which is the snowiest season on record with a total so far this season of 135.2 inches of snowfall which was 3 tenths of an inch more than Syracuse received which was 134.9 inches.

It’s been something like 34 years since Binghamton last won the Golden Snowball snow derby. The last time Binghamton won was in the 1982-1983 snow season. How long ago was that? The #1 song on May 1st, 1983 was “Beat It” by Michael Jackson which gives you a good idea. Our President was President Ronald Reagan! Most importantly, the Speedie Fest along with a balloon rally started up in Binghamton and I believe it draws about 100,000 people while it’s going on.

Live Interview With Bob Joseph Radio 1290 WNBF in Binghamton

I did just get off the phone doing a live call into Bob Joseph who is a radio host on the Binghamton Now News, NY. It was a fun live conversation and I kind of liked his idea about jumping in his car and heading to Syracuse and give it to Mayor Stephanie Miner about how Binghamton kicked butt. He was talking all in fun of course and it was really was fun talking to him even though I don’t like doing live anything :)

May 1st Is The Date Picked To Wrap Up Golden Snowball Contest

I will say that I’m a little nervous about calling the snow contest today with Binghamton only leading Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch as of yesterday, April 30th. That said, several years ago a representative of a former mayor’s office wanted to lay some ground rules and calling the snow contest on May 1st was one of them. According to the National Weather Service, the snow season starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. So far throughout the past seasons, May 1st has worked as far as I know or at least since I started keeping track of the snow stats so fingers crossed it plays out OK again this season :)

I did talk to Ted Champney at the Binghamton National Weather Service and he seemed to be pretty confident or as confident as anyone can be with just 3 tenths of an inch separation Binghamton and Syracuse that there most likely won’t be any changes in the Golden Snowball line-up.

I also asked Wayne Mahar, Molly Matott on Facebook live what they thought about the long term and both seem to think we are in the clear. Jim Teske responded to a tweet of mine which I think pretty much says it all. At this time of the season, the one thing that favors Binghamton is Elevation, Elevation, Elevation :)

So, barring any adjustments or corrections by the National Weather Service my fingers are crossed that Mother Nature stays in line and that the line-up stays the same. Binghamton deserves it this season for the amount of snow they have had which is over 50 inches of snow more than what they receive on average each season.

The National Golden Snow Globe Snow Contest Still Going

Keep in mind that the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest is still going on and Syracuse holds a big lead in that contest. I’m still seeing some cities picking up some snow and a couple of states have received some decent snow totals in the last couple of days. I’m sure I will be calling that snow contest sooner rather than later this season so check the snowiest Big city in the country snow contest out at the Golden Snow Globe website.

I will still be updating as needed and I will most likely be adding more to this a little later along with a season summary in a few days. Have a Great day everyone and CONGRATS BINGHAMTON, NY!

First off, as always I want to say Thank You to Amy G., William M., Kelly R., Kurt R., Cooper Computer Consulting, Alberta P., and Bob W. for your donations this season. I truly appreciate them and they do help. Thanks All :)
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Mother Nature Past Favors Binghamton in Golden Snowball Contest

Right now, only 3 tenths of an inch separate Binghamton and Syracuse so I wanted to take a look at several different snow statistics from the past to see what the odds are right now of Binghamton, NY winning the 2016-2017 Golden Snowball snow contest. I took a look at several different snow stats from the past which include last season’s snow totals, the latest date and the amount of snow that both cities received measurable snow and how much snow both cities receive in April and May on average.

This will be the biggest upset since I have been keeping the snow stats and will equal the big upset since the snow contest started back in the 70’s which was the only other time that Binghamton has won. Binghamton’s only other win was in the 1982-1983 snow season. There were at least 2 other times that Binghamton beat the other Golden Snowball cities in the past but that was before the snow contest was started.

30 Year Average Seasonal Snowfall

I’m sure most of you who follow the snow contest already know that Syracuse is the favorite at the beginning of every snow season which is why Binghamton has made this season so much fun. Syracuse averages 123.8 inches according to the last 30 years which rolls every 10 years I believe, meaning that the next new update for snow averages will be coming out in 2020 if I’m correct. The last one was in 2010. Keep in mind that normally, I’m not though :)

30 Year Average Seasonal Snowfall for Golden Snowball Cities

Syracuse – 123.8
Rochester – 99.5
Buffalo – 94.7
Binghamton – 83.4
Albany – 59.1

Advantage Syracuse!

Which City Receives the Most Snow in April & May

Does Syracuse or Binghamton receive the most snow in the months of April and May? Below are the snow totals for the two cities for April and May according to the National Weather Service out of Binghamton.

April Snowfall Averages –

Syracuse = 3.8 inches
Binghamton = 4.3 inches

May Snowfall Averages –

Syracuse = 0.1
Binghamton = 0.1

May and April Combined Snow Totals –

Syracuse = 3.9 inches
Binghamton = 4.4 inches

So far this season as of 4/18 for the month of April Binghamton has received 2.1 inches of snow and Syracuse has received 0.3 inches of snow.

Advantage Binghamton

The Latest Date Binghamton and Syracuse Received Measurable Snow

The thing that scares me the most at the end of each snow season in the Golden Snowball contest is calling the winner on May 1st when the snow contest is so close. This season it is especially close and I am already dreading it. The date isn’t my choice but it was a date that was picked several years ago by one of the representatives of the city of Syracuse. The calendar snow season according to the National Weather Service starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. In other words, they record any snowfall amounts that fall during the calendar snow season. So if Binghamton or Syracuse receive snow after May 1st, it should still be counted in my opinion :( End of whine 😉 OK, below are the dates that are the latest both cities have received measurable snowfall.

Latest Date Recorded For Measurable Snow –

Syracuse received 1.2 inches of snow on May 17th in 1973. Date of record 1902 to Present.

Binghamton received 1.7 inches of snow on May 18th in 2002. Date of record 1951-Present.

Narrow Advantage Binghamton :)

Are We Done With Snow For The Season

Obviously, the biggest question right now is are we done with snow this season in the Northeast? The obvious answer is the only one that knows is Mother Nature and I’m guessing that my chances of getting an interview with her are zero 😉 There is one thing I did notice today while doing the last update. None of the cities in the Golden Snowball contest received any more snow for the rest of the season from here on.

If you look at the snow chart which was updated today on the main page where it shows This Time Last Season, you will see that it is also the final snow totals for all of the cities last season. If this season comes to an end like last season did then it is obviously –

ADVANTAGE and CHECKMATE by Binghamton 😉

Stay tuned because it’s not over until the fat man sings and I’m not singing yet 😉 Have a Great night all!

Binghamton Wins This Snowball Fight Snow Totals Below

I just crunched some snow totals for the last two days. The 2-day snow storm totals are for Tuesday 3/14 and Wednesday 3/15. As always, keep in mind my fuzzy math but this is what I came up with. The totals are always taken from the National Weather Service.

Binghamton was the big winner of this snowball fight followed by Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Albany.

Two Day Snow Storm Totals 3/14 Thru 3/15

Binghamton, NY – 31.2 + 4.1 = 35.3 Inches

Rochester, NY – 16.4 + 9.9 = 26.3 Inches

Syracuse, NY – 18.9 + 5.5 = 24.4 Inches

Buffalo, NY 13.2 + 4.9 = 18.1

Albany, NY – 17.0 + Trace = 17.0 Inches

I also want to apologize for not posting this season as much as I would like to be. I also appreciate the emails I receive asking questions or just saying Thanks for keeping up the snow stats here. I love doing it, believe me 😉 We do have a group page on Facebook for both snow contests, the Golden Snowball and the National Golden Snow Globe snow contests. Just click the FaceBook picture on the page to join. It’s a fun group of people and all snow lovers and haters are welcome :)

Have a Great Day All!

First, as always, a Big Thank You to Donald R for your donation to the Golden Snowball site. It was the first donation of the season to the Golden Snowball site and it really helps out. I Truly appreciate it and Thanks, Donald :)
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Updated 12/30 6 PM – OK, the new evening snow stats are out and they show Syracuse has taken the lead from Binghamton, again. Or maybe it’s the 1st time this season, who knows and I guess it doesn’t matter much. The snow that was taken away from yesterday’s totals wasn’t added in this update so it looks like it was an adjustment made to the totals yesterday. More below about that and Congrats Syracuse!!!

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Updated 12/30 Noon – Hold on Syracuse, not so fast! I wake up this morning and I check the new snow stats to see if any of the cities had more snow to add for yesterday. When I look at the Syracuse snow totals from the National Weather Service in Binghamton I see that they were lower than what was posted at around 10pm last night.

I’m guessing that the NWS either made an adjustment or maybe just made an error on the last update they put out. We will know a little later this afternoon when the next update comes out at around 5pm give or take a little. I put Binghamton back on the top for now as I always go by what the NWS is showing on their site. Below are a couple of screenshots of the snow stats to let you all see what I see. Careful driving today!

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Posted 12/29 11pm –

Syracuse leads Golden Snowball Contest for 1st Time This Season

Syracuse, NY has finally slipped passed Binghamton to take the Top spot on the snow hill for the 1st time this season. As of the last update at 10:00 PM, 12/29 from the National Weather Service yesterday, Syracuse was reporting 2.9 inches which was just enough to slip past Binghamton, NY which was reporting 2.5 inches as of 10 pm.

Syracuse was trailing Binghamton by 2 tenths of an inch at the end of Wednesday, 12/28 and has been behind Binghamton all season long. Binghamton has been in the lead most of the snow season other than a brief period when Albany, YES Albany, was on the top of the snow hill. Binghamton has already passed the total snowfall that they had for all of the last season, 2015-2016, which was only 32.0 inches. As of the last update, Binghamton is showing 57 inches of snow so far this season.

Syracuse as of the last update from the NWS is showing a snow total of 57.2 for the season which is just enough to take the lead from Binghamton. Right now it’s still snowing and chances are pretty good that the lead will grow today and tonight with more snow expected.

Stay tuned and I’ll be posting updates right here as the National Weather Service keeps putting them out. Keep in mind that the snow falling is Lake Effect snow so it can change at any time. Stay safe and take it slow on the roads.

Binghamton, NY Keeps Piling on Snow Totals

I was just noticing that Binghamton, NY already has over half of their average total snowfall for the season already. Binghamton’s entire seasonal snow total on average is 83.4 inches of snow. Right now Binghamton has 47.8 inches of snow and chances are they will be getting more today. Only 35.6 more inches to go for Binghamton to hit their average snowfall for an entire season and Winter hasn’t even started yet.

Binghamton Has More Snow To Date Than Ever Before

This is the most snow Binghamton, NY has ever had at this time in the season if my math is right. Keep in mind my fuzzy math, though, it normally isn’t as most of you know by now :)

Binghamton is blowing away the highest snow totals they have ever had on this date, December 14th with 47.8 inches of snow right now. More than 10 inches of snow higher than the 2nd highest to date. The 2nd highest snowfall that Binghamton has had at this time in the season was 36.6 inches on December 14th, 1977.

This season Binghamton has been ahead of their all-time highest snowfall totals to date record almost all season starting on November 19th. I’ve said it more than once and I’ll say it again. It takes a lot to impress me as far as snow goes and Binghamton is impressing me big time this season. WTG Bingo 😉

Binghamton is already crushing the snow totals for the entire 2015-2016 snow season. Of course, last season Bingo only had 32.0 inches of snow and it was the lowest ever on record for Binghamton.

The only season I saw that came close to a time when Binghamton had this much snow so soon in a season was the 1993-1994 snow season. Even that season it took until January 4th for Binghamton to have as much snow as they do right now. WOW! The wow is because 1993-1994 snow season was Binghamton’s highest seasonal snowfall on record which was 131.3 inches of snow.

Binghamton still has a long way to go to hit the all-time high seasonal snow totals of 131.3 but they are off to a really good start. Could this be a repeat of that season?

Heavy Lake Effect in Forecast, Stay Safe

There are a few advisories and warnings out for the next day or two with the colder air coming into the area so check with the pros. It looks like you folks in Buffalo may be getting hit pretty good with some lake effect snowfall and no doubt it’s will be a nasty rush hour ride home. Stay safe all and have an Awesome day. See Snow-Drive Slow 😉

WOW! If my math and stats are right (normally are a little iffy 😉 ), Binghamton, New York already has more snow for the 2016-2017 snow season than they had for ALL of their last season (2015-2016). According to the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, they are reporting 3.1 inches of new snowfall for today, 12/6. That brings Binghamton’s snow totals for the 2016-2017 snow season up to 32.9 inches so far and counting with pretty much the entire season ahead of us.

For the entire 2015-2016 snow season which begins July 1st and ends June 30th Binghamton only had a seasonal snowfall total of 30.0 inches. I have to say that I am impressed that it’s only December 6th and Binghamton has already surpassed their entire snow seasons totals. WTG Binghamton and keep piling it on 😉

2015-2016 Snow Season – 30.0 inches of snow.
2016-2017 Snow Season – 32.9 inches of snow.

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WTG Binghamton :)