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Snow Here, Snow There, Snow Everywhere

Lake effect watches and warnings are starting to be posted by the National Weather Service now for some of the GSB cities and the surrounding areas for when the colder air comes in on Thursday and Friday. You all know I am clueless so check with the pros in your area for the latest update. I have a couple links posted below for the Rochester and Syracuse areas that are worth checking out and I’ll keep this post updated the next couple of days.

All of the Golden Snowball cities received some snow yesterday and it’s only going to get snowier later in the week for some of us. Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester and even Buffalo and Albany got some fresh snow yesterday. Sorry about that dig to the folks in Buffalo but I need to get it in now because I know it’s only a matter of time before you are back in the snow race. Maybe sooner rather than later 😉

Binghamton cushioned their lead over last season’s snow champs, Syracuse yesterday picking up 0.9 inches while Syracuse picked up 0.5 inches of new snow. I know it’s not a lot but we all know every tenth of an inch counts in the long run. Albany won the round yesterday picking up 1.4 inches which was more than enough to keep Buffalo at the bottom of the snow hill. Below are the snow totals for yesterday.

Albany – 1.4
Binghamton – 0.9
Rochester – 0.9
Syracuse – 0.5
Buffalo – 0.3

Lake Effect Snow Forecasted For End of The Week

I’m starting to see reports of some decent Lake Effect Snow expected to come Thursday and Friday for some of the Golden Snowball cities. You know it’s all about fun here and that I am clueless so check with the pros for the latest forecast in your area. Here are a few of the forecasts with watches and warnings that have been issued so far. Click on the links below for the most recent watches and warnings.

Some of the snow totals from Lake Effect snow are expected to be a foot or more of snow for some of the cities so definitely keep an eye on your local weather. Below is as of 12/6 at around 2:00 PM. I guarantee most of this will be changing as the colder air comes in so save the link and keep up to date. These are from the National Weather Service stations in our areas.

Rochester – Lake Effect Snow Watch in effect from December 8, 06:00 PM EST until December 10, 06:00 AM EST Click here for more info on Rochester!

Syracuse – Lake Effect Snow Watch in effect from December 8, 06:00 PM EST until December 10, 06:00 AM EST Click here for more info on Syracuse!

I’ll keep posting updates as the National Weather Service puts them out. Like I mentioned above, your best source is your local forecasters. Have a Great Day and as always, See Snow – Drive Slow, unless you’re riding a sled of course 😉

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.

Have a Great Night All :)

Just a heads up – the golden snowball site may be go offline for a couple of days.  If it does I’ll get it up ASAP.

OK, Syracuse finally picked up a few more inches of new snowfall to add a little bit to their lead.  Most of the snow has been staying up north of Da’Cuse but has to drop south sooner or later I would hope.  I also hope that the other cities, Rochester, Buffalo and Binghamton get it going pretty soon.

Binghamton has been doing good lately as far as the snow totals go managing to keep some snowflakes between them and the bottom three cities.  It always looks like the snow is around Rochester but must just be missing them.  I think with the coldest air of the season finally here that we all will be adding to our snowfall totals this week.

A picture from Grace, a friend in the Central Square area just taken!

There have been a few good bands of snow hanging to the north of Syracuse which is a good thing for the other cities.  The last couple of days the lake effect snow bands will start to drop toward Syracuse but then suddenly stop right on the border.  These are some decent snow bands too which have dropped probably close or over a couple of feet on the cities up north like Central Square, Oswego, Fulton, the Tug Hill area and other towns.  No doubt the snowmobilers are loving it :)

I was just looking around at the national snow contest at which was updated yesterday.  Syracuse still is in first place in the nationals but reading around today I see that Erie, Pa got pounded pretty good and may have taken the lead.  Right now it’s close and it will depend on how Erie did overnight last night.  I’ll try and get a top 10 update in later when the new snow stats come out.  Unfortunately as it always seems the case the decent snow is to the south of Buffalo.  Maybe Buffalo will pile on some snow with this cold air in place.  Let’s hope so.

Have a Great Day Everyone 😉


It’s been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks with none of the golden snowball cities adding to their total snowfall for the season.  The cold air is back so hopefully the lake effect machine starts cranking up soon.  Speaking of Lake Effect I think it’s time we have a contest with a real prize this time.

Enter the Contest 

Not like the ones we always have with the winner getting a virtual pat on the back for winning.  The prize for this contest is an autographed book by CNY’s own Mark Monmonier called Lake Effect.  Mark has had several books published in the past and this is his latest book.  I’m sure you all can figure out what it is about by the name (Lake Effect) of his book.  Read more about Mark Monmonier and his books below.

The contest will be similar to the one that Stephen and I are playing on the national snow site .  Here is what you need to do to enter and it’s for US residents only and if you have any questions feel free to contact me..

#1 – Guess the total snowfall that all of the Golden Snowball cities will have combined at the end of February.  In other words add up the total snowfall for all 5 cities – Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.  An example is right now the total of the 5 cities would be 131 inches.  You can go to the nearest tenth of an inch. EX: 156.2.

#2 – Tie Breaker Only – Pick the city that you think will be in second place at that time, the end of February 28th.  We will use this only if there happens to be a tie in number 1, the total snowfall amount.

#3 – All entries must be received by 11:59 PM this Sunday, January 20th 2013.  To enter for your chance to win this awesome autographed book use the contact page at the top of the site.  Write Contest in the Subject box and be sure to add your total snowfall guess and what city you think will be in 2nd place.  It’s that simple 😉

Of course as always we are not responsible for lost emails, blocked, etc, etc.  In our own words if we screw up we’re sorry :(  Once we get your entry I will send you an email confirming that we did within a reasonable amount of time.  Normally within a day or two.  OK, more about Mark Monmonier’s book Lake Effect.

I’ve just been able to get a little reading in so far but from what I have read it’s interesting.  One of the things that stand out so far and I’m only at the beginning is how long it took to find out about lake effect snow and how they did it.  I’m looking forward to getting the time to finish the book.

More Info on Mark Monmonier and his latest book Lake Effect:

CNY’s own Mark Monmonier and his 15 books have been written up in The New Yorker, The Globe, The Times Literary Supplement, Scientific American, Library Journal,  Publishers Weekly and more

About the Book – Blending meteorological history with the history of scientific cartography, Monmonier charts the phenomenon of lake-effect snow and explores the societal impacts of extreme weather. Along the way, he introduces readers to natural philosophers who gradually identified this distinctive weather pattern, to tales of communities adapting to notoriously disruptive storms, and to some of the snowiest regions of the country.

Characterized by intense snowfalls lasting from a couple of minutes to several days, lake-effect snow is deposited by narrow bands of clouds formed when cold, dry arctic air passes over a large, relatively warm inland lake. With perhaps only half the water content of regular snow, lake snow is typically light, fluffy, and relatively easy to shovel. Intriguing stories of lake effect’s quirky behavior and diverse impacts include widespread ignorance of the phenomenon in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since then a network of systematic observers have collected several decades of data worth mapping, and reliable short term predictions based on satellites, Doppler radar, and computer models are now available.

Moving effortlessly from atmospheric science to anecdotes, Monmonier offers a richly detailed account of a type of weather that has long been misunderstood. Residents of lake-effect regions, history buffs, and weather junkies alike will relish this entertaining and informative book.

Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. He is the author of fifteen books, including How to Lie with Maps; Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather; Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy; and Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change. Lake Effect Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows BUY DIRECT from Syracuse University Press