Gotta love all this snow, eh. I was thinking about the people up north as my son and I were shoveling last night. Thinking of all the consecutive days that Oswego, Mexico, Fulton, Parish and the others had to shovel this white crap, oops, make that white gold. Gotta respect them for keeping up their spirits during it all. The plows came through today and did their super clean-up after the storm. You know, where they get the roads right down to the pavement and knock a little bit off the snowbanks that end up putting about 4 feet at the end of your driveway. Still, gotta love all this snow and all we can do is hope more is on the way :(
The Golden Snowball contest is getting more and more exciting as the snow falls down each time. Rochester has made a great comeback as you can see. It was only a few days ago where they were stuck at around 44 inches or so. Now they are knocking on Buffalo's door and only a couple of blocks away from knocking on Syracuse's door. It's a 3 way race now. Binghamton is trying to make a comeback and from what a little snowbird told me there just may be another storm in the works come mid next week. Binghamton and Albany normally make out pretty good from these types of storms that come up from the south, south west.
There was a lot of talk about Syracuse's totals that have come in so far on some other blogs plus a couple of emails sent. One of the discussions is at Sean's home on the web at http://www.syracuse.com/forums/kirst/ about the numbers being low. Some things to remember which was brought up on Sean's blog by one of his visitors is that when we measure we have to keep in my the blowing snow which can raise the totals.
Another good point made by a meteorologist from NOAA is to consider with a storm like this, the further south and east, and higher in elevation, the more snow you'll get. Also read what Eddie one of Sean's readers has to say at http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/weblog/ which I won't admit to because I know the Buffalonians will be pounding me tonight about the airports again. I'm kidding, pound away. The way I see it, where the airport is, it's a push. Snow up north maybe a plus, snow from the south maybe a minus ; ) It all evens out in the long run. My guess is that NOAA, the official stats will probably end up coming in at somewhere around 12 - 14 inches for the storm for Syracuse's airport. That doesn't mean that the city and the towns surrounding Syracuse didn't get what they think they got. Indeed there were some decent amts posted by snow spotters all around the city so you really were shoveling what you might of measured and thought you were shoveling. Below are some weather spotter stats from around Onondaga county:
CAMILLUS 21.5 642 AM 2/15
TULLY 20.5 1031 AM 2/15
MANLIUS 17.5 930 PM 2/14
CICERO 17.2 800 AM 2/15
TULLY 16.5 900 PM 2/14
CLAY 16.3 743 PM 2/14
MARCELLUS 16.0 730 PM 2/14
BREWERTON 15.5 700 AM 2/15 OFFICIAL OBSERVATION
EAST SYRACUSE 15.5 730 PM 2/14
SYRACUSE AIRPORT 13.2 1200 AM 2/15 OFFICIAL OBSERVATION
TULLY 11.7 700 AM 2/15 OFFICIAL OBSERVATION
SUNY ESF SYRACUSE 10.5 700 AM 2/15 OFFICIAL OBSERVATION
I pretty sure I saw a weather spotter's snow totals from the city of Syracuse which was a total of 17 inches. Not from the airport location. I'll post more on the storm totals for all the GSB cities as they become available from NOAA. Enjoy the day all!