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Buffalo Kicks Off 2017-2018 Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Buffalo, New York received just enough snow to start up the 2017-2018 Golden Snowball snow contest. Congrats Buffalo which received a tenth of an inch of snow at the airport on Halloween.

  • Let the New York Snow Games Begin
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    None of the other cities are reporting any measurable snowfall so far so Buffalo takes the early lead in the Golden Snowball contest. It also puts Buffalo in the Top 10 in the National Golden Snow Globe snow contest tied with several other cities with a tenth of an inch of snowfall on the season. Lakewood, Colorado leads the National snow contest right now with 4.5 inches.

    Last season at this time Buffalo was the only city without any snow and on the bottom of the snow hill with Albany on the top of the snow hill :) That’s what makes this snow contest so much fun. None of us know which city is going to win when a new season begins. Syracuse is the favorite being the snowiest Big city in the country but I don’t think Mother Nature or Father Winter pay too much attention to that.

    Last season Binghamton out snowed all of the cities to win the Golden Snowball contest by just 3 tenths of an inch over Syracuse. Binghamton is the defending snow champions this season. Several seasons back Rochester, NY upset Syracuse to wear the crown for a year. It’s always fun as the season plays on. That’s what the snow contests are about, having fun and passing the months by as we wait for the warm weather to return.

    About The Golden Snowball Snow Contest

    The 5 cities that are in the New York Golden Snowball contest which started up back in the 1970’s are Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY. It’s just a fun snow contest that was started up by a few meteorologists from the Rochester national weather station that has since closed. Click Here for more info about the Golden Snowball contest.

    Click here for the Current Snow Stats! I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with all of you like we do every snow season. Just think, the fun has just begun and it’s going to be a longgg snow season. Good Luck to all of your cities 😉

    Have a Great Day All!

    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.

    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 :)

      Click Here for the current snow stats!

      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!

    First off a Big Thank You to Richard U. for taking the time to donate to the snow site. They help me out a lot and I appreciate it a lot. Thanks Richard :)
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    Syracuse and Buffalo, New York both were lucky/unlucky enough to tap into some decent lake effect snow the last couple of days to pull away from the other cities. We all know there is a long ways to go in the snow season, so the Golden Snowball bragging rights are up for grabs for most of the cities still.

    At one point yesterday Syracuse had a commanding lead over Buffalo, almost a 14 inch snow lead. Buffalo wasn’t having any of that and turned on the Lake Erie lake effect machine in the early evening and added over a half a foot of snow to their snow totals. Both Syracuse and Buffalo broke date records for the day.

    Buffalo broke the old date record for Jan. 13th receiving 7.4 inches of snow breaking the old record of 6.4 set in 2012.

    Syracuse received 13.7 inches of new snowfall yesterday breaking the old date record of 8 inches set in 2012.

    Rochester, Binghamton and Albany received an inch or less give or take a little. It looks like the Northeast is finally getting started and with the Great Lakes still warmer than normal it should be fun playing in the snow for the next 2-3 months :)

    Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

    Updated 11/15 – I just updated the snow stats and Binghamton received just enough snowflakes to take the lead back from Syracuse. Binghamton started off the 2015-2016 snow season, but Syracuse managed to take the top of the snow hill back from them. Binghamton wasn’t having any of that and now lead by just a tenth of an inch over second-place Syracuse.

    One thing that stood out this last update was that all of the Golden Snowball cities had snow this time last season and it looks like they received it about this time in the year. Probably a good idea to break out the winter clothing and tune up the snowblowers, snowmobiles and whatever else 😉 Have an Awesome Day Everyone!
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    All is quiet in Snowsville, New York with the weather being frightfully warmer than normal for this time in the year. Binghamton and Syracuse received a little bit of snow earlier than normal but no snow for any of the Golden Snowball cities since then.

    Let’s play one of our normal guesstimate games with the normal prize being a virtual pat on the back for whoever guesses it right. Which city do you think will be the first city to receive an inch of snowfall for the 2015 – 2016 snow season? Guess the city and also give a date that you think that the city will hit the 1-inch mark.

    You can just comment on this post with your guesses and as always we will use the National Weather Service’s statistics. All in fun.

    I am going to go with Buffalo passing an inch on 11/16

    Have a Great Day All 😉