The Golden Snowball Award is a contest between 5 cities in CNY – Upstate New York. The contest is based on which city receives the most snowfall for the snow season. The cities that compete are Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Rochester and last years Champion, Syracuse." A trophy is awarded to the winning city every year.
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Buffalo continues to lead the Golden Snowball contest by more than half a foot of snow this season. It is just the beginning of the season and I’m sure just reading that made a few people cringe but it is just the start of he snow season.
I think the rest of the cities should be glad that the airport didn’t get that epic lake effect snow that fell on some of the cities to the west or the snow contest would be pretty much over already. Then again I am sure that the city of Buffalo is also glad they didn’t get that lake effect.
Syracuse’s snow stats have changed within the last few days. I think NOAA has decided to deduct the snow totals as the snow melts. I’m joking of course and every now and then there is an adjustment on a city’s snow totals whether it be a reporting mistake or perhaps just a typo. Syracuse at one point a few days ago was reporting 11 inches of snowfall on the season but as of the last couple of days are only showing 8.7 inches. No biggy except it is always nice to see Rochester in last place too every now and then.
I think for later today they are predicting a mix of snow and rain, and snow sleet freezing rain but nothing major as far as I know. Chances are the roads will get slick though so take it slow. Look for another update later in the day and have a great day
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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
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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
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…
Right now it’s a 3 way tie in the Golden Snowball contest which I can’t remember if that has ever happened before. There have been several times when 2 cities were tied for the lead but I don’t remember 3 cities being tied for the snow lead. Of course this is only because the overnight snow hasn’t been added yet. I suppose it’s all irreverent though because come the next update a little later it will be Buffalo ahead with a big lead
I’m hearing several reports of heavy snow along with lightning and thunder in the heavy snow bands around the Buffalo area. Also be advised that as I am typing this according to the National Weather Service and several other news stations The NY State Thruway is closed IN BOTH DIRECTIONS between Exit 46, Rochester, and Exit 59, Dunkirk. Just a heads up
The Tug Hill area and Watertown are also getting pounded so get those snowmobile’s tuned up if you haven’t already the trails will probably be ready soon
I will post updates in this post as the day(s) go on as to what’s going on. The General posted a comment that Buffalo has a shot at breaking their old record of total snowfall in a 24 hour period. A yardstick of snow will break that record. I’ll do another update here when the new snow stats come out which will include the overnight and most of today’s snowfall. Stay Safe all and take it slow if you have to get out in it.
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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.
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 was the king snowman yesterday so far picking up 4.5 inches of the white fluffy stuff yesterday. At least I hope it is fluffy and not wet heavy snow because I haven’t shoveled yet. Syracuse tied the date record of 4.5 inches going back to 1981. Albany finally got a peak at some snow picking up 0.4 inches.
Like a little kid I get all excited with the first decent snowfall of the season and went for a ride in the middle of a decent snow band that was hitting. The roads were slick with a few whiteouts from the windy lake effect snow band. I guess that it what makes LES so cool. The way the wind really picks up and how much snow can fall in a short amount of time when the snow band sets up over your house Of course I say I am like a little kid the first snowfall but I’m really like a little kid every time a storm or good lake effect snow hits. OK, maybe not so much so come around March when the shoveling starts getting a bit old.
I stayed up until around 2:30 this morning waiting for the new snow totals to come out from NOAA for Buffalo, Rochester and Albany so I would have a nice update this morning for you all buttttt. When the stats came out for those 3 cities all I saw was MM which means that they were missing the data. Wasn’t too happy about that of course and I wasn’t staying up until the 5am update, sorry about that. Then again overall NOAA is awesome with all of the information and stats they collect and post so I’ll stop my whining
The new totals include the snow from yesterday so they will be changing as the snow stats come in today and later tonight. I should be able to get at least one more update in later and we will see if all of the cities have more to add. My guess is they will.
Syracuse finally got some lake effect snow to help push them to the top of the snow hill. So far they are showing 2.5 inches of snowfall for the day to put them at the 3 inch mark. Just enough to take the lead from Binghamton who has been sitting at the top for awhile now.
Snow is still in the forecast so it should be interesting to see what later tonight and tomorrow drops on the Golden Snowball cities. Will Syracuse be able to hold the lead by the time the Lake Effect Machines start slowing down. Should be interesting
Then there is the possibility of a storm hitting the East Coast sometime this week. From what I have been reading the National Weather Service should have some kind of idea toward the end of this weekend as to how that storm will pan out and which cities it may effect. Makes me wonder if Albany may have an advantage with this one if it happens. More updates to come as the snow stats come in from NOAA.
I just received an email from Cynthia from Madison, WI who grew up in Syracuse sending me a link about Scientists and researchers from several Universities and institutions coming to the shores of Ontario Lake to study what’s going on with Thundersnow during Lake Effect Snow events. SUNY Oswego is also participating in the study and research
The project is called OWLeS which stands for Ontario Winter Lake Effect System’s and will be taking place this snow season on the shores of Ontario lake. What will be cool is some of the high tech equipment they will be bringing with them. Most likely if you’re in the Oswego and surrounding areas you will be seeing this flatbed truck below which is called Doppler on Wheels or DOW.
Doppler On Wheels
Doppler on Wheels Picture From The National Science Foundation
They will also be bringing and aircraft equipped with instruments from the University of Wyoming called the King Air so keep an eye in the sky for the scientists who fly. Yeah, I’m a poet, not Anyways this should be pretty cool for the people to watch not to mention the amount of information that will come out of this research to help in the future on narrowing down and predicting more precisely where Lake Effect snow may hit, when and for how long.
The dates for this study according to the article on the NSF, National Science Foundation website that Cynthia sent me will be from Dec. 5-21, 2013, and Jan. 4-29, 2014. Thanks for the info Cynthia and you can read a lot more about this on the National Science Foundation’s website at http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129618&org=NSF&from=news .
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Any snow falling yet in Rochester, Buffalo or Binghamton? As of right now, around 2:15 pm Sunday it’s windier than I have seen it in a long time. The gusts and winds that came through this morning had to be over 60 mph I would guess. Hopefully some decent lake effect snow comes into the golden snowball cities sometime soon. Nothing like some decent snow totals with whipping winds to make for a cool snow event. Of course take it slow on the roads if and when the snow does hit us. Clouds are just starting to move into the Syracuse area as I type.
Hey, how about the Orange? WTG on taking down the #1 basketball team in the country
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