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It’s starting to look like it’s just a matter of time if not hours before some of us if not most will have our first measurable snowfall of the season.  Binghamton has been holding onto that hefty lead of 0.2 inches of snowfall for awhile now while the rest of us are only showing a trace of snowfall.

Snow is in the forecast for all of the cities the next few days so which city do you think be the next to lead or will Bingo hang on to the top spot on the snow hill?

I was just reading around and came across a fun quiz on Syracuse.com that Glenn Coin put out.  Of course being the Oracle I scored 100 (NOT :( ).  A couple of the questions were a bit tricky but give it a shot if you think you know about Syracuse weather.  Oh and let me know how you did.  You can take the Syracuse Winter Quiz Here at Syracuse.com .

As for the National Golden Snow Globe contest things are heating up. OK, that doesn’t make sense and let’s say things are freezing up with all of the cold air moving across the country. We went from 9 cities with measurable snowfall to I think around 18 as of yesterdays update. You can check that out Here at the National Golden Snow Globe Contest.

I suppose it’s too nice too soon and too nice out to say “Let The Snow Games Begin” but I figured it was time to at least make a post about the new snow season. I was a little surprised to see that Binghamton is showing a trace of snow already especially being the southern most city in the Golden Snowball snow contest.

I also had a major computer crash so I kind of wanted to take a test ride on the computer I am using as a back up which dates back to the beginning of time. Everything is taking about 5 times longer to do but it will have to do for now. I was fortunate that I did a full backup on the other computer a few months back so I was able to retrieve most of the stuff I needed. I should probably say surprisingly I did a full backup not too long ago because that doesn’t happen too often. All of the logins and passwords to sites that I need is a whole other story :(

I was reading an article by Glenn Coin over at Syracuse.com which inspired me to check on the stats today to see what was going on. It was mainly about Syracuse and the first snowfall of the season. Glenn mentioned that October 1st was the earliest day of Fall when syracuse has received more than just a trace of snowfall which was back in 1946. It was a little later for Buffalo and Rochester. You can check Glenn Coin’s article about early snowfall here!

Any predictions on which city will win the Golden Snowball contest this season? I thought for sure Buffalo was going to pull it off last season.  One more thing is that I did do an update on the National Snow Contest Website Golden Snow Globe and a few cities are also showing just a trace of snow.  No measurable snow as of the last update though.

OK, back to the nice October weather we are all having 😉

First Off as always a big Thank You to Alison S. for your donation to the website. They help out a Whole lot with the cost and time spent on the site. I truly appreciate it Alison and Thanks again :) Like you mentioned, the site is here to have some fun and to help pass the season by.
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Keep in mind that this is about how the website got started and when I got involved in OUR contest and also about how the whole contest started to begin with.  The part about how the contest started is by Sean Kirst and his article below which is awesome at explaining it. That article also started the resurrection of the snow contest.

I was reminiscing this week while answering emails and comments about when I first started the website site and how much it has grown since then.  I was wondering how long I have been keeping the snow stats, how long I have been the scorekeeper for OUR Golden Snowball contest and how long the site has been around.  I just took a look as to when I started the website up.  I bought the domain name goldensnowball.com on January 23rd, 2003 at exactly at 6:32:59 am.  Most likely that isn’t EST because I doubt I would have been up that early 😉  So as of Jan. 23rd this year it would have been 11 years since the website started and since I got involved in the snow contest.

All I can say is it has been a blast the whole time but with that said let’s give credit where credit is due which is with Syracuse’s own beloved columnist for the Post Standard and Syracuse.com, Sean Kirst.  More on Sean in a bit though because right now it’s about me, me, me, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha :)   Back in 2003 I heard something mentioned on one of the local news stations about a NY snow contest from the past that may be started up again.  So I decided to go online and check it out.  I wanted to see what it was all about and I came across an article that Sean had written about the contest which I am going to post below because it covers the contest from the beginning to where we are today.  It’s a must read to learn all about the Golden Snowball contest.

The Golden Snowball contest goes way back to the late 1970’s but it stalled out for a bit.  No, not because we didn’t get any snow those seasons but most likely because some of the National Weather Service stations were closed down.  You’ll read all about it when you read Sean’s article.  OK, it looks like we are back to Sean Kirst again 😉  He wrote an article about the old contest back in 2001 which is the first one I read back in 2003.  I looked around to see if there was a site for the contest and there wasn’t so I thought Hey, why not give it a shot and see where it goes. I did think Hey, really I did :)

So I started the website up and the first season would have been half way through the 2002 – 2003 snow season.  The site had something like 300 visitors.  The next season the snow site got about 5000 visits and it seemed to double each season for awhile.  This season the Golden Snowball site should have over a quarter of a million visits to the site and more than half a million page views.  It’s nice to see that every season more and more people become interested in the snow contest.  Like I said, it’s been a blast the whole time. So much fun that I decided to start up the Snowiest Big City in the United States snow contest which you can check out at www.goldensnowglobe.com

OK, back to Sean :) (man did I bounce around)Below is an Awesome link to the first article about the contest by Sean Kirst that explains just about everything there is to know about the Golden Snowball contest from the beginning to where it is today. http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2014/01/the_real_snow_kings_syracuse_a.html

Have a Great Weekend All :)