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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!

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.

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 😉

First I want to give a big Thanks to Luke W. for your donation to the snow site. It helps out a lot and Thank You for taking the time Luke, I appreciate it :)
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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 :)

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.

Ut Oh Syracuse!!!  It looks like your reign as the King of the Golden Snowball contest is coming to an end.  Your spot on the top of the snow pile will soon be taken away by The Rock, Roch cha cha, the Great city of Rochester :)

With less than 2 days left in the great snow race Rochester holds a big enough lead and is dug in deep enough on top of the snow hill that no city will be able to reach them by the end of June 30th.  Now the question is what’s next other than come May 1st declaring Rochester the snow champions for the 2011 – 2012 season.

The question that comes to my mind is how will the city of Syracuse transfer the trophy over to Rochester.  Maybe the Mayor will take a limo and deliver it personally?  Maybe they will just ship it to them through the mail?  In my opinion it would be pretty cool to have a convoy of salt trucks and snow plows driving down the highway with the mayor following in a limo.  Of course it would be nice if the mayor would ask me to join her 😉  Throw in a marching band from one of the city’s schools and hey, it’s a party now.  After all they did most likely save hundreds of thousands of dollars this winter.

These are a few of my suggestions.  How do you think the city of Syracuse should pass the trophy along?