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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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Thursday, January 3, 2008

How the Snow Contest has Grown

I was going through some of the stats for the Golden Snowball contest and found it interesting as to how it has grown over the last several years since Denis Brogan, the cities and the meteorologists decided to resurrect our snow contest. Below are some stats showing the visitors to the website since 2003 and it shows how the interest has grown over the years. Traffic has pretty much doubled each snow season as more and more people hear about the GSB contest and take interest in the contest and the weather and snow in New York State.

Most of the traffic increase is due to the media who spreads the word about our contest in NY through articles in the papers and online. All of the cities involved in it, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton and Albany have has some kind of article about the contest throughout the years. Other media such at the New York Times, Paul Harvey, Saturday Night Live, the Weather Channel, USA Today and others have also brought national attention to the Golden Snowball contest. Local blogs from all of the cities in the contest have also brought attention to our great, fun contest that helps pass the colder months by a little faster. NYCO's blog at has something to say about the contest every now and then and I've read something about it on a Buffalo blog at and several others. John F. Bonfatti from the The Buffalo News Weather Vein has written several articles about the contest. Sean Kirst from the Post Standard and who along with several others who have some foresight as to what can and should be done with the snowy weather in Syracuse has written several articles about the Golden Snowball contest and how the city should be taking advantage of our snowy winters has been a big part in revising the contest and many others. Sean had a good article out not too long ago about Syracuse being the snowiest big city not just in the United States but last year in North America. Check it out at

Anyways, below are some stats that show how the contest has grown over the last several years. It's not the traffic that the big boys get but for a regional contest it's not too shabby in my opinion. Whats it all mean??? Beats me as usual but I just thought I would share that the interest in our fun snow contest, yours and mine continues to grow and I have to think which city will be the first to have a carnival based on our snowy weather.

(The First Year the Website Started Keeping Stats)
Yearly Visitor Statistics for 2003
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesBandwidth
Jan 20030000
Feb 20030000
Mar 20030000
Apr 20030000
May 20030000
Jun 20030000
Jul 20030000
Aug 20030000
Sep 20030000
Oct 2003131738303.20 KB
Nov 20031381882003.35 MB
Dec 20032723313575.96 MB
Total4235365959.60 MB

2004 Yearly Website Stats
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesBandwidth
Jan 2004939155720572.20 GB
Feb 20041168225328432.17 GB
Mar 20046691531196769.88 MB
Apr 200438372782033.76 MB
May 200456673893343.89 MB
Jun 200413120825312.32 MB
Jul 200414721626110.35 MB
Aug 20041161812078.66 MB
Sep 200414621624910.58 MB
Oct 2004153267110212.97 MB
Nov 2004269531239537.35 MB
Dec 2004424917240462.45 MB
Total51119342154914.66 GB

2005 Website Statistics
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesHitsBandwidth
Jan 2005132231041012876866667.63 MB
Feb 200582223201101077915557.88 MB
Mar 2005124030871127591264766.71 MB
Apr 20055691069305422844232.36 MB
May 200511241467866686843451.79 MB
Jun 2005393510158425353112.86 MB
Jul 200537851011532302591.94 MB
Aug 2005450591245728145140.02 MB
Sep 2005471659226034869149.88 MB
Oct 2005442862548567212221.81 MB
Nov 2005687162412060154452582.61 MB
Dec 200512993757227463604952.44 GB
Total9197195609187810492836.32 GB

2006 Yearly Visitors
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesBandwidth
Jan 200635497581237761.69 GB
Feb 200623775399273872.94 GB
Mar 200621144979248161.98 GB
Apr 20061035226310138777.52 MB
May 200629313860145703.28 GB
Jun 200681214466001606.22 MB
Jul 200674610915249484.68 MB
Aug 200699916728114612.82 MB
Sep 20061549255711424847.65 MB
Oct 200626174113205801.80 GB
Nov 200621693789189401.51 GB
Dec 200628785377215771.70 GB
Total237764412719257218.15 GB

Last Year - 2007 Visitor Stats
(Over a quarter of a million page views
and closing in on 50,000 yearly unique visitors)
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesBandwidth
Jan 200737028312275512.07 GB
Feb 200711085218765271311.21 GB
Mar 2007433210963237672.67 GB
Apr 200728727531188721.25 GB
May 200719424337130671.49 GB
Jun 20071165300962441.12 GB
Jul 2007114428085265919.43 MB
Aug 20071297308560581.11 GB
Sep 2007144432515671677.96 MB
Oct 20071925454279591.04 GB
Nov 200736137677221391.68 GB
Dec 2007785118408435834.28 GB
Total423729579923288929.48 GB

Visitors for 2008
MonthUnique visitorsNumber of visitsPagesBandwidth
Jan 2008110616893810421.96 MB
Feb 20080000
Mar 20080000
Apr 20080000
May 20080000
Jun 20080000
Jul 20080000
Aug 20080000
Sep 20080000
Oct 20080000
Nov 20080000
Dec 20080000
Total110616893810421.96 MB

Have a great day everyone and try to stay warm. Warmer weather is in the forecast.



At 1/5/08, 6:23 PM , Anonymous sean said...

all of which gets back to the big point ...

would tens of thousands of visitors been drawn to a site maintained by the oracle of winterfest?


At 1/5/08, 11:27 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

I actually started a follow up to your article I mentioned in the post Sean but it's been a in draft stage for a couple of weeks now. It's more or less about what I posted on your blog questioning whether Syracuse could pull off something like Quebec City's carnival. Also whether the snowiest big city in the US and as you discovered and pointed out in North America will get beat tp the punch in holding something similar to Quebec City's carnival.

No doubt that the winterfest site most likely gets tons of traffic and that Bill Cooper does a great job with setting up and organizing the fest each year. Even though I don't know Bill my bet is he would love to have a several million dollar budget like Quebec City puts into their winter carnival along with a lot more body's to help out in organizing it. Of course the money that Quebec City puts into their event draws close to a million people that pumps a lot more money into the local economy than they spend.

For what it's worth, my opinion is that Syracuse could pull it off ;)

I wonder if Joanie Mahoney is a snow fan????

At 1/6/08, 1:44 AM , Anonymous mike m(binghamton) said...

sorry i havent been on for a while i just cant bring my self to look at the stats ;) , i just know bingo will have its revenge on Albany, you just wait offs ;). after the major thaw there looks to be some snow chances around the 20th of january...a little too far out to know anything yet. think snow!!!

At 1/6/08, 1:48 AM , Anonymous mike m(binghamton) said...

JDEmpath, to your response in the previous thread. the hills sure do get bigger the further east you go, also west colesville is right in the slot for finger lake effect snow, it always seems to develop just east of I-81. i have a cottage out on a lake in eastern broome county, it is at 1910 feet in elevation(highest water in broome county) and there is always alot more snow out there; also im suer the lake is frozen over solid and probably has been since mid- december. ishould get out there and check it out soon.

At 1/8/08, 12:02 AM , Blogger Patrick said...

Mike, the worse part is that this warm spell hits right after Binghamton drops to last place to prolong the agony, lol.

At 1/9/08, 11:42 AM , Blogger caryzoo said...

I grew up in the Utica area, lastly of Syracuse. I've been living in Cary, NC for 10 years now. I really enjoy this site, thanks so much!

Y'all (LOL) every have a winter festival like the Quebecians...we'll be there.

Again thanks for the site!


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