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Golden Snowball Totals for the 2010 - 2011 Snowfall Season
Updated  5/1/2011

GSB Cities This Season Normal Average
to Date
This Time Last Season Normal
 Seasons Average
All Time Season Snowfall Record
Syracuse 179.0 111.8 106.1 121.1 192.1 inches
( 1992 - 1993 )
Rochester 127.0 99.8 89.8 100.3 161.7 inches
( 1959 - 1960 )
Binghamton 117.5 80.8 81.4 81 134.0 inches
( 1995 - 1996 )
Buffalo 111.8 96.7 74.1 97 199.4 inches
( 1976 - 1977 )
Albany 87.2 62.6 45.4 62.6 112.5 inches
( 1970 - 1971 )

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Is it Time for A International Snow Challange

Sean Kirst a journalist for the Post Standard in Syracuse has set the background for what would be, could be and should be a fun contest. Challenging a few cities in Canada to see who would get the most snowfall this season. You can read about it at

I'm all for it and more than willing to keep the stats up providing I can get them from Canada and I'm sure Sean has some good contacts for that. One thing about some of the cities in Canada is that they seem to get it. Check out how Quebec City instead of trying to hide the fact that they are one of the snowiest cities in the world celebrates it and if you want to see something awesome check out the annual Ice Palaces dating all the way back to 1955 at

Can and will Syracuse understand what all this snowfall really could do to increase tourism during the winter months if only the leadership would grasp the snowfall as a positive and not a negative. I came across a pdf file about the 4 major winter festivals that Canada has and posted what the beginning of it says below.

Already the four major festivals, as much for their uniqueness and original programming as for their geographic locations and calendars, are events that significantly drive the Canadian tourist industry. By combining their efforts, they enhance the appeal of the winter urban festivals dynamic programs at the regional, national and international levels. They also impact positively on Canadian and international tourists’ perception of Canada as a tourist destination.

Click Here to read more about it. It will open in a pdf format file. Just think about Syracuse and the surrounding areas drawing in tens of thousands of visitors and tourists every season to see what could become one of the biggest winter festivals (Golden Snowball Festivals) in the u.s.

Have a Great Weekend All.


At 11/22/06, 4:53 PM , Blogger CK1 said...

Out of all those cities mentioned in that article, only Quebec City qualifies, as it is the only one with a population of greater than 100,000, generally required to be seen as a "large city".

At 11/23/06, 11:45 AM , Anonymous The Snowman said...

CK1, thanks for the info. I was reading on Seans forum that St Johns has under 100,000 pop and everything I found online suggests that they have a pop in the 90,000's. It will be interesting to see if any other city's around the the world pop up like Quebec City did. If I were a betting man, my bet would be we are most likely in the top 5 snowiest city's with a population over 100,000. Thanks CK1 for the feedback.


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