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Updated 10/28 1PM – The National Weather Service in Albany posted the snow stats for Albany and it’s now official, Albany leads the Golden Snowball contest. Really, I’m serious :) It’s not too often I get to say Albany is leading but Albany received 1.7 inches of snow yesterday breaking the old date record set of 1.6 inches set back in 2011. WTG Albany!

Syracuse also set a date record picking up only 0.2 inches of snow but it was enough to break the old record of 0.1 set way back in 1962.

So, unless Buffalo has some snow to report come the next update, 4 out of 5 cities have snowfall so far which is a pretty good start for the 2016-2017 Golden Snowball contest. Stay tuned, it’s only the beginning :)

Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany Start the 2016-2017 Snow Season Contest Golden Snowball

The New York Golden Snowball for the 2016-2017 snow season has officially begun. As of the 5PM update from the National Weather Service Rochester, New York is reporting 0.9 inches of snow for today. WTG Rochester and I am still waiting for the NWS snow update for Syracuse and Binghamton. I have a feeling that both of those cities may have also received some measurable snowfall today. I could be wrong and remember, I normally am 😉

Updated 6PM – The new stats are out from the National Weather Service for Syracuse and Binghamton. Syracuse is showing only 0.2 inches for today and Binghamton is showing 1.0 inches as of this last update. I just read a tweet from the Albany National Weather Service reporting that Albany received 1.7 inches today. If this is the case it looks like Albany is in the lead. More to come on that if I hear back from the Albany NWS office.
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More Snow Stats for Syracuse and Binghamton Soon

Buffalo is only showing a trace of snow so far for the 2016-2017 snow season as of this update. Albany, NY isn’t reporting this update so we will have to wait on their stats come the next update. Check back in a few minutes and I should have the snow stats for both Syracuse and Binghamton if there are any to report. AND SO IT BEGINS :)

Let’s have a fun snow season like we do every season and more importantly, it’s going to be a long season so stay safe everyone!

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 😉

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 😉

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 😉

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 😉

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 😉
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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!

First as always I want to give a Big thanks to Christopher A. for taking the time to make a donation to the snow site. It helps out more than I can express Christopher, Thank You :)

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Of course, I am joking about the snow contest being canceled due to lack of snow this season but Wow, it’s kind of tough to have a snow contest when there isn’t a whole lot of snow falling in the cities that are in the Golden Snowball contest. I already did one snow dance this season which didn’t work :( I guess El Nino is a little more powerful that my snow dances. I do still have one left, maybe two but I think I will save them seeing how it looks like warmer air will be moving into The CNY/Western NY area soon from what I have been reading.

As I mentioned in a previous post, sorry for the lack of blogging but there really isn’t a lot to blog about. I suppose I could blog about my personal life but that’s more boring than this season’s snow contest is so that won’t work. How boring is the snow contest? Below are some snow totals comparing this season’s snow for all of the cities so far to date and what the normal snowfall should be for this time in the season and also the difference between the 2014-2015 snow season and this season, 2015-2016.

Syracuse right now has a deficit of -32.4 inches of snow compared to what they should have right now. On a good note, Syracuse is only minus 1.4 inches of snow compared to this time last season. In other words, there is still some hope in saving this season because Syracuse did get it going last season and finished the 2014-2015 snow season with 119.7 inches :) Just under what their seasonal snow totals should be on average which is 123.8.

Buffalo which is in second place right now and trailing Syracuse by around 15 inches of snow this last update is -33.3 inches behind where they should be for this time in the snow season on average. Compared to last season Buffalo is -28.4 inches behind what they had at this time last season. Luckily the lakes are still open for business as far as cranking out some lake effect snowfall. Just need to keep the cold air around and get a little shift in the winds compared to how they have been. One good storm and Buffalo catches up as long as it misses the other cities.

Rochester, like all of the Golden Snowball cities is also way behind what their normal snowfall should be at this time in the season. Rochester has a snow deficit of -32.3 inches of snow compared to what their normal snowfall should be at this time. Last season Rochester had 40.7 inches of snow to date compared to only 22.5 inches so far for a deficit of -18.2 inches so far this season.

Binghamton has -31.3 inches less snow this season to date than what they normally should have. Of course we all know there is no such thing as normal when it comes to snow in NY :) Binghamton has -26.4 inches less snow at this time compared to last season.

Then there is Albany, enough said 😛 OK, Albany is behind 27.6 inches compared to what they average for this time in the snow season and Albany has -31.9 inches less snow this season compared to last season to date.

It’s been a pretty weird, boring snow season so far as far as the Golden Snowball contest goes to say the least. Like I mentioned, the lakes are still open for business, the lake effect snow machines just waiting to crank up. Maybe I should change the snow dance to an Artic Air dance 😉

The Golden Snow Globe snow contest is starting to get exciting with cities from many different states in the Top 25. Visit the National Snow Contest Here!

Have a Great Day Everyone 😉

Buffalo has been closing in on Syracuse the last few days but looking at the radar right now and the snow falling it looks like it may be advantage Syracuse. A lake effect snow band has been hitting Syracuse off and on while it looks like the snow band off of Lake Erie has been hanging to the south of Buffalo. Who is getting snow right now?

It also looks like The Roc is getting some snow from a decent snow band around the Rochester area right now. It will be interesting to see if Rochester can catch up a little with the snow that is falling and expected to fall there today and tomorrow.

Syracuse and Buffalo both finally hit the two feet of snow mark yesterday and it’s still hard to believe that it didn’t happen this season until January 17th. All 5 of the Golden Snowball cities are still well behind their average snow totals for this time in the season but today’s snow could change that for a couple of the cities.

Rochester and Binghamton have been quiet so far this season but from reading around and looking at the radar it looks like Rochester is going to tap into some decent lake effect snow also if they haven’t already. Rochester and Binghamton are both under a foot of snow for the season as of the last update which doesn’t include the overnight snow. Then there is Albany, enough said 😉

Keep checking your local forecasts for today and tomorrow because the National Weather Service has several watches and warnings out for some of the cities. Syracuse is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

Rochester is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from January 18, 07:00 AM EST until January 19, 07:00 PM EST.

A Big Thank You to John F. for your recent donation to the snow site. As always, your donations help offset some costs and time spent on the snow site. Thanks John :)

Stay tuned for another update when the new snow stats come out a little bit later today. No doubt it will be interesting to see what the cities have gotten so far :)

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!