It’s a Wrap, Syracuse Wins The NY Golden Snowball Contest

Congratulations Syracuse on Winning the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Award :)

It’s a wrap! Syracuse, New York has won this season’s Golden Snowball Award barely beating out Buffalo, NY by only 6.8 inches of snow. Not quite as close as last season when Syracuse won the contest by only 2.1 inches of snow. With all of that epic snowfall that fell around the Buffalo area back in November but missed the airport, I have to admit this probably should have been Buffalo’s season at the top.

I’m always nervous about making the “It’s a Wrap” post because as most of you all know it’s not unusual for most of the cities to get some snow in May. I do feel more confident though after reading around about average or above average temperatures to take over in the long term forecast. Let’s just say I feel more confident calling it this season than I did last season.

Syracuse long term forecast

Long term forecast for Buffalo

April 30th is the date that the city of Syracuse decided to go with which is a lot better than what they originally wanted which was April 1st. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t have a whole lot of Freaky weather planned for May.

A Summary of the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Snow Season

Buffalo held the lead for a good part of the snow season, but Syracuse managed to take over the lead from Buffalo around 2/22/15. Below is a look at how some of this seasons snow season went.

Start of This Snow Season – Snowfall Totals Updated 11/8/2014

* Around 11/8/2014 Binghamton was in first place and was the city that started off the 2014 – 2015 snow season for the Golden Snowball Award with 0.2 inches of snowfall. WTG Binghamton :)

Binghamton 0.2 1.8 Trace 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo Trace 2.0 Trace 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester Trace 1.1 0.2 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse Trace 1.6 0.2 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Albany Trace 0.3 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Snow Lead

* Syracuse took the lead over on or around 11/14/2014 with 2.9 inches of snow and held the lead until around 11/17 Our current leader, Buffalo was in last place at the time.

Syracuse 2.2 2.9 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 1.3 2.7 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo 0.2 3.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 0.2 2.2 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 0.1 0.7 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo Takes The Lead From Syracuse

* Buffalo took the lead from Syracuse the following day on or around 11/18/2014 and Rochester also passed Syracuse and jumped into 2nd place.

Buffalo 4.0 4.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 3.2 3.1 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse 2.9 4.0 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 2.9 3.4 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 1.0 1.0 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo and Syracuse Tie for 1st, Buffalo Still at Top

* On January 7th or 8th Buffalo and Syracuse were tied for 1st place in the snow contest with 34.0 inches each.

Buffalo 34.0 42.7 55.3 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Syracuse 34.0 49.9 51.9 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 31.6 29.5 46.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Rochester 29.8 35.3 48.0 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 26.6 20.4 31.6 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Lead and Top of Snow Hill for Good

* Right around 2/22/15 Syracuse picked up enough snow to slip past Buffalo for the rest of the snow season. Buffalo never gave up and kept it close right til the end.



Syracuse 101.3 96.8 100.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 101.1 75.4 97.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 85.1 74.4 78.6 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 75.5 60.2 81.8 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 70.6 44.0 64.8 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

The Season Wraps up With Syracuse on Top – CONGRATS ‘CUSE

* Hopefully the snow is done falling and the warm weather is here for good. If by chance Buffalo was to slip ahead with some freaky May weather I will get in touch with the Mayor of Syracuse and I am sure she would be more than happy to start up the snow contest again and give the award to Buffalo ;)


Syracuse 119.7 123.7 132.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 112.9 94.4 129.9 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 101.9 99.1 112.7 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 93.4 83.3 85.4 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 75.9 59.0 73.5 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Feel Free to Buy Us a Cold One for The Hot Summer Ahead ;)

Have a Great Spring and Summer Everyone and I’ll See You in a Couple of Months ;)

Binghamton Adds Snow, Syracuse Still Leads

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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 ;)

Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

Buffalo is Melting Syracuse’s Snow Lead Away

First off Congrats to Rochester on joining the 100 inches of snow club :) Rochester is the 3rd city in the Golden Snowball contest to join both Syracuse and Buffalo in the 100 inch club. Now keep it going Roc to make this a 3-way race this season.

It was only about 4-5 days ago where it was starting to look pretty good for Syracuse. Syracuse had an almost 10 inch lead on Buffalo but as always and pretty much what happened last season Buffalo stepped it up a notch and has been melting away the lead that Syracuse had.

On March 24th, Syracuse was leading the Golden Snowball contest by 9.5 inches of snow. Right now that lead has slipped down to only a lead of 6.9 inches. Buffalo is just a small storm away from taking the lead over Syracuse. Could this finally be the season that Buffalo gets crowned the champions of the Golden Snowball contest? The cold air is still in the forecast so anything can happen and there is still a lot of time left whether we like it or not ;)

Because of the way the season started with that big lake effect snow event that happened early in the season but missed the Buffalo airport I have to say that I am almost pulling for Buffalo to win this season. OK, reality just set in and of course being from Syracuse that thought just passed by. Go ‘Cuse ;)

Rochester has always been a city that I have a hard time counting out no matter how late in the season it is and how far behind they are. Remember that since the Golden Snowball contest was started up again after a long break, Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse. Of course. that season was a pretty weird one with all of the cities being wayyyy below their normal seasonal averages.

Speaking of averages Syracuse is about to fall behind their normal snowfall totals to date unless they pick up some snow today. As of yesterday’s snow stats Syracuse is dead on what the normal snowfall to date should be for this time in the season. The normal snowfall to date is 119.1 and right now Syracuse is at 119.1 for this season. Both the National snow contest and the NY Golden Snowball contest tend to be close if Syracuse is close or below their normal snowfall. That’s good news for both Buffalo and Rochester :)

The National Snow Contest – All 3 of the CNY/Western cities which are Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester are doing pretty good in the National Snow Contest. Syracuse had the lead but just got knocked down a notch from a city from Massachusetts. Click here for the National Snow Contest, The Golden Snow Globe!

Stay Tuned because this seasons snow race isn’t even close to being over yet, like it or not. Have a Super, Awesome Day Everyone :)

Current Odds for The Golden Snowball Snow Contest

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OK, hold off on the betting this is all just for fun. The next couple of days look like it will be kind of quiet for most of the cities so as the snow season is winding down let’s lay some odds for which city will win the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Contest. Hours of research and handicapping went into laying out the odds so I would take them very seriously when betting with your family and friends. OK, no thinking at all went into the odds and it’s all just for fun ;)

Mother Nature is the only one that knows how much snow lies ahead for all of the Golden Snowball cities, but I feel pretty confident in saying that Albany and probably Binghamton are out of the running now. I know that the NY area still gets snow in April and even sometimes into May, but I don’t see Binghamton making up 30+ inches and I definitely can’t see Albany getting 40+ more inches of snow this season.

I think Rochester still has a shot but only if they start melting away some of Syracuse’s and Buffalo’s snow this week. You may also want to talk to the Snow God ;) Buffalo still has a decent shot, but the good folks in Buffalo may want to do a snow dance or two ;) OK, enough already and here are what I believe the odds are as of today, March 24th.

Syracuse – Current Odds — 2 to 1
Buffalo — Current Odds — 4 to 1
Rochester – Current Odds 15 to 1
Binghamton – Current Odds 50 to 1
Albany – Current Odds — Scratched

All in fun and it will be interesting to see if the odds change in the coming weeks ahead. Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Syracuse’s Missing Snow Was Found and Lead Grows

Updated 3/5 - First as always I want to give a big Thanks to Jack G. for your kind donation to the snow site. Thank You for taking the time, it helps out Big time and I really do appreciate it Jack :)

It looks like the unsolved case of the missing snow from Syracuse has been solved. I still don’t have a clue as to where it went to in the first place but the missing snowfall was added back to the totals for Syracuse and they now have a lead of over 5 inches over 2nd place Buffalo :) Like I mentioned below, this tends to happen from time to time and it looks like this time it was just an data input error by the NWS.

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3/4 – It looked like Syracuse was adding to their snow lead over Buffalo and the rest of the cities until some of the previous snow amounts disappeared. Conspiracy? Nah, I don’t think the National Weather Service has any skin in the snow race ;) This does happen from time to time and I believe it’s happened to Buffalo already at least once this season.

My guess is it’s an adjustment from a previous date or perhaps and error entering data. Like I said, this is common and if you think about all of the statistics being input everyday by the NWS how could it not happen from time to time… That said, I want my $%^#%^ snow back :( Oh yeah, I have to pretend I am unbiased here :) OK!

So the Golden Snowball contest just got a little closer and now Syracuse’s lead is only 2.7 inches as of the last update. Most of the cities continue to add some new snowfall to their totals and all of the GSB cities are over their normal average snowfall for this time in the season. Syracuse and Rochester are the only two cities that have less snow at this time last season. That could change pretty fast though.

Stay tuned and check out how close the National Snow Contest is also at the Golden Snow Globe snow site. Have a Great Day everyone :)

Will Buffalo Sled Past Syracuse to Start March Off

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OK, It’s starting to look like some of the snow totals forecasted for today and tonight are dropping a little bit from a couple of days ago. Hey, Happy March everyone! Unfortunately looking at this weeks forecasts for all of the cities it’s looking like March will be starting off a little snowy. I guess the good news is some of the Highs for this week are in the 20′s and maybe 30′s. Pretty sad when highs of 20′s and 30′s is good news huh :)

I think it will be interesting to see if Buffalo can take the lead from Syracuse and just as interesting to see if Rochester can play catch up this week with both cities. It’s looking like Binghamton may win this next snowball fight which is today and tonight. According to the forecasts they are expected to receive a little more snow than the rest of the cities in the Golden Snowball contest.

The images below show snow and at least a wintry mix for all of the cities looking ahead all the way to Thursday. Right now only 3.7 inches of snow separate Buffalo and Syracuse. I think for the time being I am going to say Syracuse will be on top of the snow hill come the end of the week. The again keep in mind that I am clueless so stay tuned and good luck to all ;) Below is what The National Weather Service has forecast for part of this week and keep in mind that most likely it will be changing. This is as of today, Sunday March 1st…

syracuse snow forecast march

Buffalo snow forecast march

rochester snow forecast march

Binghamton snow forecast March

Albany snow forecast March

Have an Awesome Day Everyone and take it slow on the roads….

Syracuse Holds on To Snow Lead in Golden Snowball Contest

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OK, Syracuse managed to not only hold on to the lead but when all the snowflakes were counted added to their lead but not by much. Right now it’s just a matter of 0.7 inches of snow separating Syracuse and Buffalo in the Golden Snowball contest.

If I my mind serves me right and it normally doesn’t by the way even when Lake Erie was frozen over early last season Buffalo kept getting snow so don’t let that fool you. No doubt it probably slows Buffalo down some but last season proved it doesn’t stop them ;) Last season I thought Buffalo was going to pull it off but I think Syracuse got lucky and the warm air moved in.

Last season was realty close and Syracuse had just enough snow to beat Buffalo by only 2.1 inches. I believe that last season was the closest the snow race has been since we started keeping stats in the 2002 – 2003 snow season. Is this the season that Buffalo takes the bragging rights away from Syracuse and better yet get’s Buffalo permanently engraved on the Golden Snowball Trophy?

Since the resurrection of the Golden Snowball contest Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse as snow champs. I’m still not even close to counting Rochester out this season. Rochester, just like Buffalo and Syracuse can tap into some Lake Effect snow or better yet some late season snow storms that most likely will be coming. I do think the time has come though for The Roc to start turning it up a notch and maybe even do a little snow dance to help them catch up ;)

Do I look Like I am Ready To Part with The Golden Snowball Trophy

Picture of Golden Snowball Trophy in Snow
Photo by Dennis Nett of The Post Standard

Stay Tuned and Have an Awesome Day :)

Syracuse Slides Closer to Buffalo, Snow Lead Under 4 Inches

Updated 2/20 7:00 PM - Syracuse continues their snowball assault on Buffalo and are now only 2.1 inches away from catching them. This weekend is going to be really interesting. Stay Safe All and Have a Great Night :)

Syracuse has been climbing the snow hill this last week and cut Buffalo’s lead down to just a little over 3 inches now. I don’t think Buffalo is going to give up the top spot without putting up a good snowball fight though.

This season Syracuse was missing just about every snowflake that was in the area. It seems now that they may have put some gas in the Lake Machine (Ontario Lake) because it seems to be working now. It’s looking a lot better for Syracuse which around February 6th was trailing Buffalo by 17 inches. What a difference February is making in both the Golden Snowball and The National snow contest, the Golden Snow Globe.

I believe this is the closest Syracuse has been to Buffalo since around January 8th when Syracuse was tied with Buffalo at 34.0 inches in the snow contest for a day but then fell 3 inches behind the next day. Buffalo is no way doomed and they keep adding to their snow totals too and are just an inch shy of hitting the 100 inch mark. It will be interesting to see which city hits it first. I’m gonna go with Buffalo I think. Then again as soon as I type my prediction Mother Nature does her thing to prove me wrong. I don’t think she likes me too much :(

Rochester is still lagging behind pretty good but I am sure they will get into the contest before it’s over. They are in the same rut as Syracuse was for most of the season. Hopefully they climb out of it and at least make this a 3 way snow race.

Have a Super Day All and Stay Warm :) Yeah, lots of luck with that huh :(

Buffalo Still Leads Golden Snowball Contest, Syracuse Closing In

Buffalo is still hanging tough at the top and even with the lake frozen isn’t really showing any sign of slowing down yet. Syracuse has once again closed the gap on the lead that Buffalo has but not by a lot. It’s been Buffalo pretty much the entire season so far sitting at the top of the snow hill :)

Albany WAS keeping up with the Big 3 Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester but is slowly fading away into the Horizon. I’m a little surprised because they were doing pretty good with the storms that came through but haven’t been able to cash in enough on the last couple of storms. I can’t say that they are out for the season but I think they will be on the disabled list pretty soon ;) Sorry Albany but being behind almost 30 inches right now (27.5) it’s not looking too good. Of course every time I say something like that Mother Nature slaps me and proves me wrong :(

Syracuse has managed to melt away about 7 inches from the lead that Buffalo did have a little while back and I think the 10 inch lead that Buffalo has right now is going to keep melting away. I think by the end of this weekend only a couple of inches will separate Buffalo and Syracuse with maybe, just maybe me saying Buffalo is now chasing Syracuse. Then again I am from Da’Cuse so that could be just wishful thinking ;)

Rochester isn’t through yet and I don’t think Binghamton is either. It seemed like earlier in the season Binghamton was able to catch some of the snow that moved to the south but recently they have been missing all of the snow that’s been around. Rochester was able to cash in on the last storm and won that snowball fight. There is still a lot of time left in the season for Rochester to melt away some of the lead that Buffalo and Syracuse have over the Roc but in a week or two they may want to start shipping in the snow making machines as backup.. Stay Tuned!

Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse are all in the Top 10 right now in the National Snow Contest. Buffalo is representing New York the best right now sitting in the #3 slot on the snow Mountains. WTG Buffalo! Syracuse is in the number 6 slot and Rochester is right behind them in the number 7 slot. Click Here to See the Top 25 Snowiest BIG Cities in The US.

Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Fun FaceBook Group Page for Both Snow Contests

* First as always I want to say Thank You Kathleen S. for your generous donation to the snow site and for taking the time. I do really appreciate you taking the time and it helps a lot. Thanks Kathleen :)
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A couple of weeks ago I started up a Facebook group and have been mostly posting about it on the National snow contest site. Well also makes sense to post about it here seeing how Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse are in both contests. I was thinking about making a separate FB Group for the Golden Snowball contest and after trying this group out I think it will be better to just keep the one group open to both.. So no matter where you are from be it Binghamton, smaller towns it’s open to anyone that likes or even hates snow ;)

Click Here to Join Our Snowiest City Facebook Page

Us New Yorker’s are getting out numbered by the good folks from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts :( BTW, Buffalo moved into second place this morning in that contest passing Erie, PA. Worcester leads the Nationals though right now. Syracuse and Rochester are still hanging in there right around the Top 5 snowiest Big cities in the country.

Below is what I posted earlier on the National snow contest site.

I just wanted to let everyone know that we have a Group page on Facebook and we have a good group of people that have joined so far. Some fun pictures and articles get posted pretty much everyday including people sharing photos from the snow they have received in several different cities this season. No cover charge either ;)

Right now we have people from several different areas including Boston, Worcester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Erie and too many to mention. The group keeps growing by the hour and Thankfully for technology it’s not standing room only and you can sit while talking about the snow you love/hate…

The group is also open to the Weather Pros both local and national forecasters and meteorologists. Also open to any of my good friends in the media and I have noticed a couple of both have joined so far. Most of us are just regular folk talking about how much fun the snow is especially wondering where to put it in some Cities :)

A good place to start your morning with a warm cup of coffee but you most likely won’t see me there. I’ll probably be just going to bed when you wake up. A good place to check out after work to see what’s going on in the snow world and what the current forecasts, predictions and so on are. Did I say it’s a fun group of people who have joined so far ;)

Click Here to Join Our Snowiest City Facebook Page.