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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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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Buffalo Hanging on to 1 Inch Snow Lead

Once again all of the cities picked up a little snow since the last update. It's finally staring to look a lot like winter and another lake effect snow event is in the forecast. Right now there are lake effect warnings beginning later on for the normal snow pile cities, Lowville, Watertown and the Oswego areas. Onondaga, Madison and parts of Onieda county are under a lake effect snow watch starting tomorrow morning and Buffalo is under a snow advisory. All the info comes from NOAA's warnings webpage which is at It's a great page to keep up on all the warnings and when snow is in the forecast it's fun to watch as it changes throughout the day and night. Yeah, I know as I said many times before I need to get a life :)

Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo! What more is there to say to Buffalo that they don't already know. To blow a lead as big as they had at one point, something like 2 1/2 feet leaves me speechless. That's why I am typing about it ;) Syracuse is only 1 inch away from taking over the snow hill and pushing Buffalo down the hill to second place. Jill, whom I always look forward to hearing her comments and responds to some of the posts here is from Buffalo. Jill said it best in one word what Buffalonians must be thinking right now. "SIGH". My guess is that Steve - Smadsen in the forum is using a few other choice words right about now and who I have to admit I am kind of looking forward to razzing if Syracuse ever does happen to take the lead this snow season. Steve also brought up a good question. Has any city ever held the lead throughout the season from start to finish? I don't know the answer but if Buffalo can hold off Syracuse's charge, maybe they will be the first to do it.

Don't get me wrong either. Even if Syracuse takes the lead the chances are they won't hold it long. I'm still guessing this will be going back and forth. As far as I am aware the lakes haven't frozen over yet and until they do Buffalo can blow us all away in one of their snow storms that they are known for. I was Reading the other day while doing some research that Buffalo picked up I think over 80 inches of snow in a 2 - 3 day period. I'll look for the site later and post it here. Another thing to watch for is Rochester. They have been on a roll lately and are chipping away at both Buffalo and Syracuse and expect their charge to continue. Binghamton is showing some signs that they want a Golden Snowball trophy but they really need to try harder to get some snow. I don't think their heart is in it this season. Albany???? Look at their totals above. People don't head South for the winter anymore, They head West to Albany. Enough said and have a super day all!


At 1/23/07, 5:08 PM , Anonymous The General said...

Um excuse me sir.. a 6.3 inch lead. :cough, cough:

how dem apples taste, lol.

don't rag on Buffalo or that's what happens!

At 1/23/07, 6:43 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

I'll only sigh now if Syracuse got some snow today... we got a couple inches this afternoon and we're supposed to get some more overnight - I'm keeping my fingers crossed :D

As for the seven-foot snowfall we had - it was *great*! The funniest part of the whole thing was that my sister had driven up from Ohio to spend Christmas with the family. Of course, after all the snow, there was no way that she was able to drive back home in time to go back to work when she was supposed to. She called in, telling her boss that she wasn't going to be to work for a couple of days because she was snowed-in in Buffalo. They wouldn't believe her - they thought that she was just trying to get an extended holiday! Of course, they *had* to believe her after they saw the news on the Weather Channel :P

This isn't my webpage, but it pretty much describes and show pictures of what was going on. I still remember the convoys of trucks full of snow headed to Rochester. We didn't lose power or anything, and the family was all safe together, so to me the storm was a lot of fun. Especially shoveling the snow off the roof of my parent's deck... I never got to do that before :)

BTW, how did Albany ever get to be a part of this contest?

At 1/23/07, 7:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is about time someone told the truth about Buffalo - they had one big storm in 1977, claimed the erroneous "snow capitol" of the nation, and have held on to it ever since. The truth is that Lake Erie will freeze like it always does, and Rochester and Syracuse (the real snow cities)will emerge as co-champions.

At 1/23/07, 7:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out for Rochester as the late season charge begins! Take a look at the year-to-date averages as compared to the season total averages. Every year Rochester falls behind early and every year they wind up spanking Buffalo. Just wait until Lake Erie freezes over in February and the Buffalo snow machine grinds to a halt. Rochester will start to run away with it again and it will be back to a two horse race with Syracuse. Way to go with the October snow storm Buffalo, but we all know you're not the real king of NY snow.

At 1/24/07, 11:01 AM , Anonymous The Snowman said...

Jill, a great story and great pictures of the snow storm. No reason to "Sigh" today. Buffalo added another 5.4 inches to your total :( As for Albany, I talked to the originator of the GSB contest and he said that they were in it back in the old days. A good Nor' Eastern could get them into the hunt for the trophy but, enough said ;)

General, but Buffalo is fun to rag on though so let it rip while you can ;) You know it's coming your way soon if or should I say when Da Cuse takes over the hill ;p

Anonymous, Buffalo is definitely known for their storms and when ever I ask anyone who they think gets the most snow out of the city's in the Golden Snowball contest almost always the answer is Buffalo. To be honest with you I never realized how much snow Rochester got until I started keeping track of the contest a few years back. We can only hope that the lake freezes over pretty soon or all the city's might be in trouble.

Just to let you all know that your posts were all posted together and no one was answering any one else's post ;)


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