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Rochester, NY Slips Past Buffalo, NY in Golden Snowball Contest

Rochester had it’s the first snow of the season yesterday, 11/9 and it was enough to take the lead over Buffalo in the snow contest. Rochester picked up 3 tenths of an inch of snow and currently sits on the top of the Golden Snowball snow hill. Will Rochester stay on top come the next update?

Keep in mind that the National Weather Service isn’t reporting any of the overnight snowfall yet. Those snow stats will come out late afternoon and I’ll do another update once they do come out.

Click Here for the current snow stats.

Rochester and Buffalo are the only two cities in the snow contest reporting any measurable snow so far this season. That may change once the snow stats for today and the overnight come out. I’ve seen some videos of a little snow in the Binghamton and Syracuse area. It will be interesting to see if both can get on the snowboard to kick off their 2017-2018 snow season. Stay tuned for the next update and it will be interesting to see if Rochester can hold on to the top spot :)

Have a Great Day :)

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned because it’s not over until the fat man sings and I’m not singing yet πŸ˜‰ Have a Great night all!

Binghamton Wins This Snowball Fight Snow Totals Below

I just crunched some snow totals for the last two days. The 2-day snow storm totals are for Tuesday 3/14 and Wednesday 3/15. As always, keep in mind my fuzzy math but this is what I came up with. The totals are always taken from the National Weather Service.

Binghamton was the big winner of this snowball fight followed by Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Albany.

Two Day Snow Storm Totals 3/14 Thru 3/15

Binghamton, NY – 31.2 + 4.1 = 35.3 Inches

Rochester, NY – 16.4 + 9.9 = 26.3 Inches

Syracuse, NY – 18.9 + 5.5 = 24.4 Inches

Buffalo, NY 13.2 + 4.9 = 18.1

Albany, NY – 17.0 + Trace = 17.0 Inches

I also want to apologize for not posting this season as much as I would like to be. I also appreciate the emails I receive asking questions or just saying Thanks for keeping up the snow stats here. I love doing it, believe me πŸ˜‰ We do have a group page on Facebook for both snow contests, the Golden Snowball and the National Golden Snow Globe snow contests. Just click the FaceBook picture on the page to join. It’s a fun group of people and all snow lovers and haters are welcome :)

Have a Great Day All!

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

Snow Storm Padding Buffalo and Rochester’s Snow Totals

Stay Safe All! Rochester and Buffalo are both making a charge to the top of the Golden Snowball snow hill. I don’t think either city will have enough to make Syracuse slide off the top right now but man, they sure will have enough snow to pick another snowball fight with Syracuse in the near future. Then again, who knows because I’m normally wrong πŸ˜‰

Both Rochester and Buffalo have been getting snow and a lot of it as of last night and today and it’s still snowing in both places. From reading posts and tweets online, believe it or not, it is looking pretty good that Rochester may slide past Buffalo when all of the snowflakes are added up.

Some Snow Totals From Storm So Far

As of yesterday’s update, Rochester was trailing Buffalo by 4.5 inches of snow this season. Both cities were trailing Syracuse by 20 + inches of snow but that is going to change as soon as the next update from the NWS comes out this afternoon.

I believe that Syracuse will have some snow to add by the time this storm is over but Syracuse got the warm side of the storm picking up a lot of rain instead of snow. No doubt the snow contest just got a lot more exciting than it has been this season so far with this latest storm.

Here are some unofficial snow stats so far for Rochester and Buffalo according to a tweet on TJ Pignataro’s twitter, who writes for The Buffalo News – NWS update from last hour: Buffalo (+7.9″) is now at 43.1″ for the season. Rochester (+16.3″) is at 47.0″. It is looking good for Rochester to overtake Buffalo for the second place slot in the snow contest. Better yet though it is looking pretty good that both cities will melt some snow totals off of Syracuse’s lead they have.

Snowiest City in The US Snow Contest

Wait, it gets even better for those of you who also follow the National snow contest for Snowiest Big Cities in the US. Both Rochester and Buffalo should make a pretty good charge up the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain come the next update. As of yesterday, Buffalo was in 10th place and Rochester all the way down in 17th place. I think both cities come tomorrow will be really close at breaking into the Top 5 of the contest for snowiest Big cities in the country.

Stay Safe all and take it slow – See Snow – Drive Slow! Have an awesome day and stay tuned for the afternoon update.

First as always I want to give a big Thanks to those of you who have donated to the snow site. They really helped out a lot and I appreciate them. Thank You Adam B., Kerry H. and Keith S. for taking the time πŸ˜‰
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OK, I know Buffalo and Rochester still trail Syracuse by 20 plus inches of snow this season but it looks like Buffalo may be closing the snow gap come the next update. I’m not sure about Rochester though.

Syracuse should be adding a little to their snow totals when the evening update is posted by the National Weather Service but I have a feeling Buffalo will be adding a lot more. I took a peek at the radar this morning before I headed to bed and it looked like some decent Lake Effect snow was just getting ready to head into Buffalo. I’m not sure how long it lasted but it looked like a decent snow band.

I’m looking at the radar right now and it looks like another band of Lake Effect is getting ready to drop down into Buffalo again. It should be interesting to see if Buffalo can get enough snow to make the snow contest close again. Let’s face it, it’s just not as much fun unless there is a snowball fight going on at the top of the snow hill.

All of the cities continue to be wayyy behind what their average snowfall to date should be right now. All of the cities are also way behind what they had at this time last season which the numbers above show. Luckily there is a lot of time left in the 2015-2016 snow season and I’m sure that makes everyone happy :) Stay Tuned for another update a little later and try to stay warm.

Have an Awesome Day!