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Binghamton Wins Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Updated July 1st 2017 – The 2016-2017 snow season has come to and end as of yesterday, June 30th and it’s Binghamton at the top of the snow hill over Syracuse by 3 tenths of an inch. Don’t be sad that the season has ended because as of today, July 1st the 2017-2018 snow season has begun. A big congratulation to Binghamton, New York on winning the Golden Snowball snow contest.
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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!

Binghamton Likes it On Top of the GSB Snow Hill

OK, Binghamton, NY has once again defended the Top spot on the Golden Snowball snow hill. Binghamton was able to not only hold off today’s charge up the hill by Syracuse, NY but was able to push them back down a little further. WTG Bingo!

Syracuse was able to close in on Binghamton the last day or so and was only 2 tenths of an inch away from reaching Binghamton. I was watching the radars thinking Syracuse may have slipped into the top spot today but it turns out that Binghamton won this snowball fight picking up 2.5 inches of snow so far today compared to Syracuse’s 1.4 inches so far. This is as of 5 pm according to the National Weather Service.

City Snow Totals From Yesterday, 12/27

    * Binghamton – 2.5 inches of snow
    * Buffalo – 2.5 inches
    * Albany – 2.1 inches
    * Syracuse – 1.4 inches
    * Rochester – 1.1 inches

    Binghamton King In The Golden Snowball Contest So Far

    It will be interesting to see what the rest of tonight has in store and also the next couple of days. If I were a betting man, oh yeah, I am :) I think I’ll be putting my money down on Syracuse to gain the lead come tomorrow evening snow update. Syracuse has lead the National Golden Snow Globe contest for a good part of the snow season but has yet to lead our great NY Golden Snowball contest this season.

    Click Here for the National Golden Snow Globe Contest

    Binghamton started the 2016-2017 snow season off in the Golden Snowball contest in 1st place back on October 27th picking up an inch of snow. So far this season Albany (Really) was the only other city to hold the top spot in the snow race.

    Buffalo, believe it or not, has been in last place a good part of the snow season up until the last couple of weeks, give or take. Buffalo didn’t pass the 1 inch of snow mark until around December 6th or 7th but seem to be getting on a roll now.

    Rochester, NY, the only city that has beaten Syracuse since the Golden Snowball contest started up again seems to be content right now at just hanging in the middle of the pack. The best thing about this season so far is that, that, that it’s only just begun :)

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    Keep and eye on your weather the next few days because there is a good chance it is or will be a little nasty. Check your favorite pros for you forecast and stay safe. Have a Great night All!

WOW! If my math and stats are right (normally are a little iffy πŸ˜‰ ), 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 πŸ˜‰

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

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WTG Binghamton :)

Buffalo October Surprise – Freak Snow Storm 2006

I wanted to share a cool video of the October Surprise snowstorm that hit Buffalo 10 years ago. Steven Madsen, aka the General from Buffalo, put this together several years back and we posted it back then too. I’ve been trying to find some posts that we made on the Golden Snowball site 10 years ago but that was right about the time that we switched over to a new design. All I could find was a post from the 13th and 14th back in 2006 which is also below.

National Snow Contest Started

I also wanted to let everyone know that the National snow contest over at Golden Snow Globe started up yesterday. Billings, Montana is the first Big city with measurable snow so far for the 2016-2017 snow season. You can check out the snowiest Big city in the United States here!

Video and Pictures (pics coming soon) From Steven Madsen

Golden Snowball Posts About Buffalo Storm 10 Years Ago

A blast from the past. Below is all I could find, unfortunately, that I posted on the snow site about the Buffalo October snow storm :(

10/13/06 – Let the golden snowball contest begin. Buffalo struck first breaking a record for measurable snow this early in the season with 8.6 inches on Thursday and breaking the all-time record of 6 inches dating back to Oct 31st, 1917. Way to early to be getting pounded with snow. Something isn’t right when I can use the word pounded this early in the season. Unfortunately with the lakes temp being around 60 degrees the cold front that is bringing on the Lake Effect Snow (LES) is producing heavy wet snow that has brought down a lot of trees. Over 155,000 are without power and some reporting up to 300,000 without power, schools are closed and so on.

All I can say is after the dismal snow season Buffalo had last year, they are off to a good start this year. Hopefully everyone is OK and hopefully, they get the power back and things back to normal soon. Remember “See Snow – Drive Slow”. Have a Safe Snow Season All and Let The Contest Begin! I’m off to see if my foursome still plans on golfing today.

10/14 – Talk about getting a jump on the contest this year. Buffalo is leading by almost 2 feet of snow. After Fridays record snow totals of 14 inches, they are well on their way to dethroning the champions, Syracuse. Buffalo’s total snowfall so far this season stands at 22.6 inches. Hello, it’s October, not January. Now we have to wonder if any more measurable snow will fall anytime soon. Nothing as freaky as what hit Buffalo this week I’d bet on.

Let’s not forget Rochester. They also struck early setting their record that dated back to 1874. Their total stands at 0.4 inches. Lake effect snow has never ceased to amaze me. How one city can get close to 2 feet of snow and another city just down the road gets less than an inch. I suppose that’s what makes the Golden Snowball contest so unpredictable.

Looking at this year and last years start of the season I don’t know which is freakier. Buffalo getting the first snowfall of 22.6 inches in October to start the contest. Or last year when it was Albany who started the contest and was winning for a brief period. Stay tuned for the next snow update which should be in about a month. Lets hope anyways. Have a great weekend all!

Some Good Articles About the Snow Storm at Buffalo News
* 50,000 Trees Lost From October Snow Storm
* Remembering the 2006 Buffalo Snow Storm
* TJ Pignatara – Can it Happen Again

Defending snow champs Syracuse, NY has once again won the New York State Golden Snowball contest for the 2015-2016 snow season. Congrats to Syracuse. That’s all I have to say, really. Pretty much like the snow season was for most of New York, boring, that’s my post. I’M JOKING πŸ˜‰

I’m looking back to when this snow season started up and the first post or snow update I did was on 10/19/2015. I’m guessing that was the first measurable snowfall this season but don’t hold me to it. It could have been the first time I looked. That update I showed Syracuse receiving 0.4 inches of snow and Binghamton receiving 0.3 inches.

The first lead change I’m showing was around 11/15 when Binghamton took the lead ousting Syracuse with just a tenth of an inch of snow at 0.5 inches. The next lead change was around 11/23/2015 when Binghamton, NY took the lead with an inch of snow. Rochester took the lead when the next report came out from the National Weather Service the next day with 1.2 inches.

The next lead change was around 12/20/2015 if my stats are right and it was Binghamton taking the lead with just 2.0 inches of snow on the season. I had to do a double look as I’m typing this to make sure I didn’t leave out a zero somewhere. That just goes to show you how boring this season was :(

Rochester took over the lead again on or around 12/28 with 3.2 inches of snow. I’m not making this stuff up folks, talk about a wimpy snow season. No wonder none of the New York cities won the National snow contest at the Golden Snow Globe website :( Syracuse finally took back the lead on or around New Years Day with 4.4 inches only to give it up to Buffalo around 1/12 which had 7.9 inches. So as of January 12th, 2016 Buffalo had a whopping 7.9 inches of snow. Really! Lead changes so far are at 7 I believe πŸ˜‰

OK, on or around 1/13 things started getting real, lol. Syracuse retook the lead picking up over a foot of snow and their totals jumped all the way up to 22.0 inches. Obviously the best snowfall for any of the cities to date. Buffalo also piled up some decent snow and their snow totals were at 15.3. The next 10 to 15 days pretty much made the season. Between January 13th and January 25th Syracuse was able to pile up around a 15 inch lead over Buffalo. Rochester was also adding to their snow totals but was in 3rd place as of 1/25.

Right around 2/15 – 2/16 Rochester was able to cash in on some really decent snow to slip past Buffalo to grab the number 2 spot on the snow hill. I’m thinking about 18 inches of snow. Buffalo was able to melt away an inch at a time off of Rochester’s 2nd place spot but just couldn’t get enough. I think the race for 2nd place this season was more exciting that the race for the trophy. Syracuse never looked back after taking the lead on or around the 13th of January.

April turned out to be a little surprising and actually being more exciting than November or December was. Go figure that one out. OK, I’m sure it has a lot to do with El’Nino. Speaking of El’Nino there is one thing I did learn this season. My snow dances don’t stand a chance against El’Nino :( Not going to happen πŸ˜‰

Food for thought – This is the 2nd lowest snow total that a winning city has had since I started keeping snow stats for the Golden Snowball contest which was back in the 2002-2003 snow season. The only other time that the snow totals were lower was in the 2011-2012 snow season. Rochester, New York won that season with 58.9 inches of snow beating out Syracuse’s 50.6 inches of snowfall on the season.

I believe the 2002-203 season was the first season that the Golden Snowball contest was resurrected since the late 1990’s. The snow contest started sometime back in the 1970’s and then had a pause when the National Weather Service in Rochester shut down. Looking back this season has to be one of the lowest snow totals that a winning city has had. You all can figure that out by checking out the snow stats that date back to the 1940-1941 snow season at http://goldensnowball.com/past-snow-seasons-champs/ . Notice that Syracuse wasn’t even listed until the 1951-51 season.

Congrats again Syracuse and have an AWESOME, SAFE Summer everyone πŸ˜‰

First, as always a big Thanks goes out to Xu Lailuyun for your donation to the snow site this season. Thanks for taking the time and they really do help. Thanks, Xu πŸ˜‰
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OK, only 3 days left for the cities in the Golden Snowball snow contest to catch the defending snow champs, Syracuse. Yeah I know, it’s not going to happen and it’s been pretty much over for the last month or two. What a boring snow contest it has been this season :(

The snow contest ends on the last day of April which is coming up. Of course, if any of the cities decided to get more snow after that date I’m pretty sure we would add it to the totals but it would probably take an executive order from one of the Mayors from one of the cities to overturn this. I’m pretty sure that almost all of you out there aren’t hoping for more snow though :)

I do want to apologize for the lack of posts this snow season. I was able to keep the snow stats updated throughout the season but had a really hard time finding time to do as many posts as I normally do each season so I am sorry for that. The reason for that was a change in my living conditions and a couple of health problems. Nothing major and I also appreciate the several emails I’ve received this season from some of you asking if everthing was OK. Thanks!

The other reason for the lack of posts was the lack of snow. Wow, what a wimpy winter snow season we have all had this season. It’s hard to blog about snow when there wasn’t any most of the time. I think this will be the second lowest snow totals that a winning city will have since I started up the Golden Snowball website to keep track of the snow stats.

Stay tuned for the “It’s a Wrap” post come May 1st for the New York snow contest. I may have to wait a little longer for the National snow contest over at the Golden Snow Globe website.

Have a Great Day All!