It's Going to Be Close Race
Evening Update - Just a quick update to add the new totals for the Guesstimate game we played. These totals are the last of the updates and came out between 4:30 and 6:00 pm for all of the cities. The stats are both a combo of the storm totals and any lake effect that fell between the 15th and the 17th at about 6 pm give or take. I'll do some adding tomorrow and figure out who was the All Star Meteorologist of the last few days.
Milestones that were reached in the last few days are Syracuse hits the 4 foot mark, Rochester hit the 3 foot mark, Buffalo and Binghamton hit the 2 foot mark and Albany hits the 1 foot mark.
Syracuse - 16.2
Buffalo - 12.9
Rochester - 11.6
Albany - 8.7
Binghamton - 4.5
Daytime Update - Take a look at the new totals for the Golden Snowball cities. Buffalo sledded into 3 rd place bumping Binghamton down next to Albany. One thing I noticed yesterday was that all the cities for the first time this season I believe are over their yearly average snowfall. You can count on this seasons contest being a good one and right now the trophy is up for grabs.
If you feel like this season (I say season because it's not even winter yet) seems to be long already compared to last year? Your right! Just look at the stats for this time of the year last year. They are being blow away. Syracuse and Rochester have almost 3 foot more of snow than they did last season. Binghamton is close to a couple of feet more and Albany is about a foot and a half over last years totals. Buffalo is under but remember they had the freak October storm and just them catching up to those totals is impressive. Syracuse almost has half of their annual snowfall already needing only another foot or so. Rochester has over a third of their annual snowfall and the other already have more than 1/4 of the annual totals.
More snow stats came in for yesterday and I feel a little bit better. Not about my predictions as to how much snow all the cities would be getting but about shoveling yesterday and last night. I'm glad that it was more than 5 - 6 inches that was kicking my butt. Buffalo remains in the lead for our little guesstimate game that we played. We set the timeline until 6 pm tonight which by then NOAA should have all the stats up to date. Here is what the cities have received according to NOAA with Buffalo and Rochester's last update reported around 4:30 am. Syracuse, Rochester and Albany's stats were updated around 1:00 am give or take a little so figure Buffalo and Rochester have 3 hour more of snow that was reported. Confusing? I'm confusing myself. It comes down to all the weather stations don't report at the same time, enough said :) The totals so far for the 15 Th - 16 Th with probably a little LES thrown in:
Buffalo - 12.4
Syracuse - 11.7
Albany - 8.6
Rochester - 8.3
Binghamton - 3.4
Here are a few snow pictures from yesterday just outside Syracuse.
Have a Great week everyone!