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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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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Syracuse Slips into The Lead

It is now official!!! Syracuse has taken over the title as King of the Snow Hill and for the first time in the 2006 - 2007 Golden Snowball contest Buffalo is no longer in the lead. Way to go Syracuse snowing in at 50.2 inches.

My guess is that it might be a short stance on the hill for Syracuse. I'm thinking the fun really is just starting and that there will be several lead changes in the coming weeks and as I have said before, don't be surprised to see Rochester grabbing a share of the top spot down the road. I'll have to look but I think that was the longest that anyone has held onto the lead right from the start of the season up until the very last day of January. To that I say, way to go Buffalo. Have a great night all. Make that have a snowy night all and look for an update in the late morning.


At 1/31/07, 9:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Syracuse measures their snow at the airport (north) which gets a lot of snow. As they measure per hour, the snow doesn't have time to compact and skews their numbers significantly.

At 1/31/07, 10:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. If other cities don't measure their snow the same way Syracuse does, this snowball contest isn't very accurate. As was pointed out in the past, the City of Syracuse gets much less snow than the Airport, which is located miles north of the city limits closer to the snowbelt in Oswego County.

The Syracuse airport also has an strange way of determining if it's sunny, cloudy or partly cloudy. A machine, not a person determines when it's cloudy or sunny in Syracuse. That's why there are at least 40 to 50 days a year when the weather channel says current conditions in Syracuse are "Cloudy"....though in reality it's only partly cloudy with a thin wispy clouds in the upper atmosphere. I believe Rochester's airport is the same. Current conditions not reflecting what you see looking out the window. Not sure about how Buffalo determines current conditions.

At 2/1/07, 12:16 AM , Anonymous WeatherManNX01 said...

Whoo! Go Da Cuse!

Geeze, how did I get to rooting for Syracuse? :-P

At 2/1/07, 10:51 AM , Anonymous WeatherManNX01 said...

For Anonymous and Anonymous:

Everyone measures at the airport. That's where the primary obs come from. There are cooperative observers, but they only take measurements once per day, and those measurements differ for each observer.

All sky conditions are determined by automated machines. They do not employ people to look out the window each hour to determine sky conditions. Syracuse does it, and so does Rochester, Buffalo, La Guardia, Reagan, Dallas-Fort Worth, LAX, and everyone else. Accurate? Not always? Consistent across the system? Yes.

At 2/1/07, 12:22 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

This doesn't have anything to do with Syracuse taking the lead in the contest ~sigh~, but it *is* snow related and really cool...

These pictures, taken by traffic reporter “Air” Gordon are really amazing. They show a Cessna’s-eye view of a lake effect snow dump coming into downtown Buffalo.

I hope the URL doesn't get cut off (I wish we could make links in our comments!), but if it does, just check out the blog for January 30th...

Very cool!

At 2/1/07, 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing I never understood was the phrase saying Syracuse is the snowiest city over 100,000 in the US, when the measurement of snow takes place outside the city limits in an area that gets much more snow. That's like taking Fulton's official snowfall measurement in Hannibal. Also, does this mean that if the city of Syracuse drops below 100,000 in population then Syracuse is no longer the snowiest big city the country?

If everyone wants to be more accurate, then why not call it like it is....Syracuse is the snowiest "Urbanized Area" over 100,000 in population. Syracuse's urbanized area has a population of 400,000....which include the Airport in the northern suburbs.

At 2/1/07, 8:43 PM , Anonymous Chris said...

WeatherManNX01, you say "All sky conditions are determined by automated machines"... then why do I see the current conditions on the Weather Channel for Penn Yen, Auburn, Fulton, Tully etc. (places all around Syracuse)
report party cloudy conditions, which are the real current conditions in those location and in Syracuse, yet the weather channel reports cloudy conditions in Syracuse? If those small towns can have accurate "current conditions" then why not Syracuse?

At 2/2/07, 11:14 AM , Anonymous The General said...

I hate to defend Syracuse (since I really hate them right now)...

But I actually believe the Syracuse airport is closer to the "downtown" area then the Buffalo airport is. Hnacock is only 4 miles north of the downtown while BNIA is 7 miles northeast of downtown Buffalo.

And just a FYI for the anonymous posters, the Buffalo Airport is actually located in Cheektowaga which is not within the limits of the city of Buffalo either.

At 2/2/07, 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WeatherManNX01, does Buffalo and Rochester Airports take snowfall measurements every hour like in Syracuse?

At 2/2/07, 12:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The General, The main difference is that Syracuse's airport is located closer to the snow belt region near the Tug Hill. As you get closer to northern Oswego County, you average more snow each year. Now if Buffalo's airport was located 4 miles south of Buffalo, then this point would be mute. As Buffalo's "snow belt" region is south of downtown Buffalo, not northeast of downtown Buffalo. So if you wanted to compare the locations of the airports, place Buffalo's Airport in Hamburg and then it would be similar to Syracuse's airport location 4 miles north of the city limits.

At 2/2/07, 3:10 PM , Anonymous sre141 said...

Ok, I'm going to see if I can fill in for WeatherMan.

The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service are 2 different'd have to ask TWxC how they do things. My guess is they get their data from a combination of automation (probably from NWS) and volunteers (Tully, Fulton, etc).

As far as I understand, NWS uses automation for each of their sites. For the most part, data is sent every hour, though there are events such as tornadoes where data is sent more often, in which case it's typically a human that is sending the data.

That should clear up a few things...I encourage all of you to join the're more likely to get a quicker response there.

At 2/3/07, 9:16 AM , Blogger Chautauquaman said...

Why the fuss over where Syracuse's Airport is located. Looking at the total snowfall No.'s last year for the 4 cities tells me even if the A/P was located in Downtown Syracuse, they still would have won the award last year.

At 2/3/07, 8:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chautauquaman, The airport location does make a difference averaged out over a number of years. Just last year Greece, a suburb outside Rochester, got much more snow than Rochester's airport.

Before Syracuse started taking measurements at the airport, Buffalo averaged the most snow in Upstate. Take a look at snowfall totals before 1960. Buffalo averaged more snow than Syracuse each year. Why? Syracuse was measuring snowfall in downtown before it was shifted to the Airport location.

At 2/3/07, 9:12 PM , Anonymous The Snowman said...

Anonymous, where are your getting the stats from about before 1960?? Here are some stats that were provided by a fellow Buffalonian

Whether the airports are relevant or not, this is the way the contest has been going on since the 70's

What's more relevant than any of the airports is the fact that Syracuse's advantage comes most years when the lake freezes over. As far as I know the lakes haven't begun to freeze over yet and the temps are still in the mid to upper 30's.

So to sum it up, right now it's advantage Buffalo because the lake effect will continue and as most people know, Buffalo is known for their snow storm totals which are impressive. With the lakes not being frozen Buffalo is still capable of getting one of their well know storms which in my opinion gives them the advantage right now.

At 2/4/07, 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snowman, opps I meant to say Buffalo averaged the most snow before 1950, not 1960. That's about the time they started taking snowfall data at the airport, instead of downtown Syracuse.

Syracuse never averaged the most snow until the 1951-1952 season.

here are the stats from your own site showing the winner each year before 1950:

1940-41 BUFFALO ***
1941-42 *** BUFFALO ***
1942-43 *** BUFFALO ***
1943-44 *** BUFFALO ***
1944-45 *** BUFFALO ***
1945-46 *** BUFFALO ***
then Albany and Rochester won.

1949-50 *** BUFFALO

At 2/5/07, 12:51 PM , Anonymous sre141 said...

anonymous, you'll also notice that official records weren't kept at Syracuse until the 1951-52 season.


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