Lake Erie Ice and Syracuse & Rochester Slowly Closing Snow Gap

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Buffalo was almost 14 inches ahead of Last seasons snow champs Syracuse but the snow lead has melted away this past week just a little bit. Rochester has managed to slip past Binghamton, NY and is now if the 3rd slot on the snow hill with Binghamton right behind both Syracuse and Rochester. Will Buffalo and Rochester’s snow slow down when Lake Erie freezes over? Beats me, lol :)

See Lake Erie Ice Cover Pictures Below – There is still a lot of talk going on about Lake Erie getting ready to completely freeze over and at last check it is pretty close to doing just that. I think the question is will that slow down Buffalo and Rochester at all. I’m still thinking how fast Lake Erie froze over last season and how Buffalo managed to keep adding to their snow totals even after the lake was frozen. One explanation was posted in a comment and I’ll share it here. Here is a comment from Bryan W. on the National Snow Site, The Golden Snow Globe:

UPDATED 1/21

An Animation of Ice Cover on Lake Erie from Jan 19th – Jan 21st

“There can still be lake effect from effects of friction off the ice, any open water from cracks that open in the fluctuating ice fields, and moisture transport through the ice in areas where ice isn’t real thick. There have been some good lake effect storms even w/ ice cover, but overall nowhere near what occurs w/ open water.Lake effect off Ontario never really slows down until the sun angle gets high enough in mid to late February (which only provides brief disruptions to the bands in the afternoon hours).”.

There is still a lot of snow season left and it will be interesting to see how he second half of the 2014 – 2015 snow season plays out. Buffalo has a pretty good lead right now and the obvious question is can they hold onto it this season? The other question is can Rochester, Syracuse or Binghamton even start their snow season up in the Golden Snowball Contest. I don’t think that they want to wait too long. Stay Tuned, it’s sure to get more interesting than it’s been ;)

Lake Erie Ice Cover From January 10th, 2015 To January 19th, 2015

LAKE ERIE ICE COVER JANUARY 19th
Lake Erie Ice Cover January 19th

LAKE ERIE ICE COVER JANUARY 10th
Lake Erie Ice Cover January

Click Here for All of the Great Lakes and the ice cover so far.

Have an Awesome Night All!

Buffalo Starting to Sled Away From Other Cities

Updated 7:00 PM 1/12 - Buffalo continues to add to their snow lead and are now almost 14 inches ahead of the next snowiest city, Syracuse. Albany was hanging in with the big boys for awhile but are starting to slip behind (go figure) and are now trailing the top spot by almost 2 feet of snow. Of course one Nor’easter that hangs to the east could put them back in the running.

Buffalo remains in 3rd place in the National snow contest as of yesterdays update and keeping up pretty good with the number 1 and 2 cities in that snow contest. There is still a lot of time left in the snow season for any of the cities to make a run ;)
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Updated 1/10 - I mentioned earlier that I was curious as to what the ice cover is on Lake Erie right now and T.W. posted a good link for me in the comments. Thanks T.W. ;)

Wow kind of comes to mind when I see how wide open it is right now. I was thinking that most of Lake Erie wouldn’t have any ice on it because of how warm it’s been up until this last week but wasn’t expecting the whole lake to be pretty much wide open. Instead of a snow dance for Syracuse I might be better off doing a cold dance for Buffalo to help slow down their Lake Effect Snow Machine, Lake Erie ;)

Lake Erie Ice Cover January

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Buffalo is starting to pull away from the rest of us in the snow contest. They picked up another half a foot of snow yesterday, 6.5 inches of new snow and now lead last years snow champs Syracuse by over 9 inches. It seem like just a couple of days ago those 2 cities were tied. Oh Yeah, they were.

Buffalo is also doing pretty good in the National snow contest this season and as of the last update in that snow contest Buffalo was in 3rd place behind Erie, Pa and Grand Rapids. I’ll be getting an update in for the National Big city snow contest in a little bit.

The snow race is far from over of course and if you look at the snow stats above you will see that Buffalo had an even bigger at this time as they do right now. I thought for sure that last season was going to be Buffalo’s turn to wear the crown but they just missed by a couple of inches. Is this the season that Buffalo takes the victory lap around lake Erie.

Speaking of Lake Erie (ya like how I did that ;) ) does anyone have any info on how much of it has frozen over so far? I’m thinking that a good portion is still wide open because of how warm it’s been up until this week which I think will give Buffalo the advantage. Then again Buffalo did pretty good last season even though Lake Erie froze over really early. Even after the lake froze over Buffalo was still picking up enough snow to stay near the top right til the very end.

Stay Tuned for Hopefully another update later today. Have a Great Day All!

It’s Buffalo, It’s Syracuse, It’s Both, It’s Buffalo Again

Updated 7 PM 1/8 - Well that was a short lived stay at the top for Syracuse who managed to tie Buffalo when all was said and done yesterday. With the new snow that fell today Buffalo has managed to not only stay at the top but pus Syracuse off of the top of the snow hill that they both shared for less than 12 hours ;)

I don’t think Buffalo is done yet either looking at their forecast for the next couple of days. I have a feeling they will be adding to their snow totals and to the lead they have also. They are also slowing closing in on a few cities in the National snow contest over at The Golden Snow Globe where it’s also been pretty interesting and close. WTG Buffalo ;)
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It’s a Tie! It’s been awhile since we have had a lead change and it looks like it’s going to be awhile longer. We have a two way tie for the top spot on the snow hill. Buffalo has held the lead for quite some time now but they are playing nice and decided to share the top spot for now with Syracuse.

The last update from the National Weather Service has both Buffalo and Syracuse reporting 34.0 inches of snow on the season so far. I’m sure this will change come the next update because I don’t think this includes any of the overnight snow and should be as of the end of yesterday, the 7th.

I’ll be getting another update in later and it will be interesting to see if Buffalo continues it’s run at the top or if Syracuse or any of the other cities can knock them down from the King of The Snow Hill spot on top. I think I’ll go with Buffalo keeping the lead and most likely just Buffalo. Stay Tuned ;)

Can Snow Storm Damon Sled Syracuse or Binghamton to Top

Updated 12/10 – 11:30 PM - Syracuse is reporting 11.5 inches so far for today as of 10 PM. I’m holding off on moving both Syracuse and Binghamton up the snow hill for the fact that the other 3 cities haven’t reported yet as I’m typing and their stats won’t come out until tomorrow, early morning. I’m looking forward to seeing which city is in the lead come morning. I’ll do an update when I wake up. Ummm, Just a heads up that I tend to sleep in every now and then ;) Drive careful everyone…
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Updated 12/10 6 PM - Syracuse is winning this round of snowfall so far and has slid into the second place slot on the hill as of the last update. Below are the snow stats that are being reported for yesterday and today. Keep in mind that Albany isn’t reporting this update.

Syracuse – 11.6
Binghamton – 7.1
Rochester – 3.6
Albany – 3.6 Yesterday, Not Reporting for Today
Buffalo – Trace
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Updated – 12/10 10:30 AM - Albany slips past Binghamton and moves into second place on the snow hill. I think it’s going to be really interesting to see which city is in the lead by the time this storm is over :) .

Well the snow is finally falling in CNY and it looks like Rochester may be getting in on the fun too. The roads are slick so take it slow. Here is a good up date of some official and nonofficial snow stats measure across NY in the areas that the snow has been falling. Because of the temperatures the snow got a later start than I think was expected so we’ll have to wait and see if we all can make up for it.

Snow Storm Damon Totals so far from the National Weather Service

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Another snow storm is heading up the coast and heading our way and this storm may help Syracuse’s and Binghamton’s snow totals out.  Snow storm Damon is expected to drop several inches and maybe up to a foot of new snow around the Syracuse and Binghamton area.  As always, these storms are hard for the pros to predict because the path of the storm can change plus it also depends on whether the temps stay above or below freezing.

Keep in mind also as always, we are clueless here so check with your favorite forecasters the next few days for your area.  Below are some links to the National Weather Service with the latest snow storm watches and warnings.  Most likely I’ll be updating this section with all of the cities new snow totals as they come in.

It will be interesting to see if the storm moves to the west enough to help Rochester and Buffalo add some snow to their totals.  I think Albany will get something and how much will depend on when it changes over from rain to snow. Right now Buffalo, Rochester and Albany are under Storm watches while Syracuse and Binghamton are under storm warnings. Watches means mean the potential is there so keep an eye on what’s going on. Warnings mean the storm is expected to pan out. Not exactly in those words but I’m sure you get my drift ;)

Nor'easter Snow Storm Damon Syracuse and Binghamton, NY

AGAIN, clueless is typing this ;)  From reading around it looks like it will start with rain in some of the cities, maybe trow in a mix of freezing rain and then switch over to snow as the temps drop.  Check below for the snow storm warnings and estimated time of the arrival of storm Damon.  

Snow Storm Watches and Warnings

Click Here for Albany, NY

Binghamton Storm Warnings

Buffalo Watches and Warnings

Rochester Storm Watches and Warnings

Syracuse Snow Storm Warnings

Stay safe and take it easy on the roads as always :) See Snow – Take it Slow!

Buffalo Snows It’s Not Over Yet

I have to wonder if the folks in Buffalo can handle a few more inches of snow this season in order to claim the Golden Snowball Award?  As of today there is only 2.1 inches of snow separating Syracuse and Buffalo.

Time is running out but we are still stuck in this pattern that keeps bring cold air into the cities.  A quick blast of snow over Buffalo and they could dethrone last seasons snow champ Syracuse.  Do you want it Buffalo or is it enough already?

There has only been a couple of times since the contest was resurrected that it’s been this close at the end of the season and I DON’T like it.  It makes it too hard to call the contest come the 1st of May.  Several years back I went into negotiations with one of the city reps at the time.  They wanted it called April 1st and I said that it was too early to call it because we still get snow.  We agreed to May 1st but what happens if a city, let’s say Buffalo gets a few more inches May 5th and goes ahead of Syracuse?  Who was really the snowiest city in the contest?  Any thoughts?

Have a Great Day All :)

Can Buffalo Snow Past Syracuse For a Late Upset

There hasn’t been much to post about lately with the weather being the way it’s been buttttt… That is about to change and has already changed in Buffalo. I just saw a picture that was posted showing it is snowing pretty good in Buffalo right now. Buffalo is less than 3 inches away from Syracuse, the current King of The Snow Hill. Only 2.8 inches separates them right now.  Both cities are expecting snow today which is hard to believe after the warm weekend we just had.

Can Buffalo overtake Syracuse and finally get a win under their snow belt? Right now it’s just rain in the Syracuse area but that is expected to change over to wet snow in a couple of hours. I’ll have to look back but I think if Buffalo can get ahead of Syracuse that this would be the latest comeback since the Golden Snowball contest was started up again. Don’t quote me on that though. Stay tuned and look for an update later on when some snow stats start coming out.

Have an Awesome Day All :)

Robins and Snowflakes Fill the Sky

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Are you one of those people that the glass is half full or half empty?  If it’s half full then the good news is that I had over 25 Robins flying around the yard today.  The Robins have returned which is a good sign of what is right around the corner :)   The not so good news for those of you with half empty glasses is that they were dodging snowflakes as they were chasing the squirrels away.

The Robins Have Returned

At one point there were about 15 of them digging for worms in a little spot that had some grass showing and of course the snow was all around them.  They must have eaten well on their trip back because they were fat.  Either that or they were all females waiting to lay some eggs sometime soon.  It’s just nice to see them back and rumor has it that come the end of NEXT week we may be turning the page on this winter season.

Syracuse continues to hold the top spot on the snow hill but Buffalo is still just a storm away from them.  I think it’s getting to the point, make that past the point where most people don’t want any more snow.

The National Snow Contest has been really close also with Erie, PA holding the lead for most of the season.  Syracuse was able to tie and then pass them but that only lasted for about a day.  Right now only 2 inches separate the top spot and Buffalo even has a slight chance at being crowned the Snowiest BIG City in the US.  You can check that out at www.goldensnowglobe.com .

Have an Awesome Night All!

Syracuse Adds to Lead Rochester Moves Up

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Syracuse has added a few snowflakes to widen their lead on second place Buffalo.  Syracuse now leads by 7.2 inches as of the last update.  Don’t worry Buffalo fans, there is still plenty of time left to catch Syracuse and win the Golden Snowball trophy.  It seems like every time I look at the radar something is falling in Buffalo.  Hopefully they keep the pressure on Syracuse.  Buffalo is also doing good this season in the National Snow Contest Here.

Rochester managed to slip and slide past Binghamton the last update and are now in third place. I want to say that Rochester is having a bad year as far as snow goes but they are actually over their average snow totals for where they should be for this time in the season.

Now while I was sleeping and I don’t know how I missed this Buffalo and Albany slid past what their snow totals for the entire season. Buffalo has 106.1 inches of snow right now and what they get on average for the entire season is 94.7. Albany is at 65.2 right now and their entire season averages 59.1. Way to go Buffalo and Albany on being the first cities to go over you seasonal totals. Binghamton most likely is next needing only 0.8 inches to pass their normal. Of course this season I don’t think anything has been too normal across the country as far as snow and cold goes.

It’s Rochester, No Syracuse, Nope It’s Buffalo by a Snowflake

Updated 12/15 8:30 PM – Hold the press!  That was a short lived lead for Syracuse.  The last update from NOAA shows that Buffalo has taken the lead by 1 snowflake or a tenth of an inch.  Really, it’s Buffalo on top, for a little while anyways but it’s nice to see them in the top spot.  There is a good chance that come morning there may be another lead change for the fact that Rochester wasn’t showing any new stats for whatever reason.  Stay Tuned and WTG Buffalo.  Could this be their season that they take the trophy?

Updated 12/15 10:00 AM – Syracuse has taken the lead from The Roc who is now tied with Buffalo for second.  It’s Syracuse on the top of the snow hill but only by an inch.  I’m loving how 4 of the Golden Snowball cities are keeping up with each other and keeping it close so far this season :)

When I was doing this update I was actually pulling for Buffalo believe it or not because it seems like it’s been quite awhile since they have been able to hold onto the lead.  All is pretty quiet right now and we’ll see what the later day update has to show as far as snow totals go.

Have a Great Day All and GO SU ORANGE BASKETBALL TODAY :)

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First off sorry about the lack of updates the last couple of days.  I’ve been still moving and didn’t have internet access other then the local library and time is limited there so I had to work on some of my other sites that pay the bills.  Also a Thanks to someone who donated to the website but didn’t want her name listed.  I do appreciate the kindness and your donation.  Thank You :)

OK, I received an email that I can’t find now but I think it was from maybe Dave pointing out that Buffalo jumped ahead of Syracuse.  I’m not sure if they will be ahead come morning but they are up a couple of flakes right now..  Thanks for the heads up :)

It’s bedtime here for now and I’ll get another update in come tomorrow morning and hopefully a full update also on the National Snow contest.

Syracuse Moves to Top in National Snow Contest

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Syracuse added quite a few snowflakes to their lead over 2nd place Rochester and also set a date record for Tuesday, 4/2/13.  Syracuse picked up 10.5 inches of snow yesterday breaking the old date record of 1.4 inches back in 1991.  Syracuse also has a shot at breaking their all time snow total record for the month of April which is 16.4 inches back in 1983 if it continues for a day or two.  I think if they don’t break it by tonight I’m just about ready to say no problem, let’s move onto Spring.

Sean Kirst, journalist for the Post Standard and Syracuse.com put out a good article about this last late season snowfall in Syracuse and also how it helped them overtake Worcester, MA and Erie, PA in the national snow contest.  Check out Sean’s article at here at Syracuse.com.

For some reason I’m starting be one of the most hated person on my facebook page.  I’m talking my page that is all family and friends.  Every time it snow I get posts like cut the crap Pat, enough already Pat, You better not do another snow dance, and a bunch of other posts on my facebook page and this is family also.  It’s like my snow dances really have an effect on the weather ;)   OK, they really do and I did do one that ticked a bunch of people off but now that Syracuse has the lead in both the Golden Snowball Contest and the National Golden Snow Globe Contest I can finally do a Spring dance.  Who knows, maybe I’ll do a spring ballet dance just to prove that I really am a team player.  Nah, that isn’t happening ;)

My neighbor across the street even called and said enough.  She mentioned that I was or the snow was going to kill all of her flowers that just started to spring up.  I told her just let us get ahead of Worcester, Mass and that will be the end of me wishing for more snow.  Plus I told her that her flowers will be fine, that they are New Yorkers and they can handle it.  We all made it through another winter/spring in New York and I suppose even I have to say that it’s time to move on to our Spring season.  What’s left of it anyways ;)

Have a SUPER SNOWLESS Week Everyone :)