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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, November 20, 2008

Lake Effect Snow Means Snow Guesstimate Time

Updated 11/21 - Rochester sleds into first place in it's quest to dethrone the defending champions, Syracuse. Binghamton who has been leading so far this season dropped down to third place and Syracuse did a switch-a-roo with Buffalo with Buffalo now dropping all the way to fourth place in the 2008 - 2009 snow race.

The big question is you may ask? OK you may not ask so I will is how long will this lineup last. I don't think for too long because with the lake effect snow in the forecast the cities are bound to change spots again. Syracuse seems to be in for a direct hit if NOAA's forecast is right and there will definitely be snow in the Buffalo area most likely south in the normal cities that get blasted Olean and Jamestown but if Buffalo can find a way to get into the path they may make out. Rochester I think is going to be either a hit or miss being just on the edge of the lake Ontario LES so if it stays west enough they may have a shot. If this is going to be as intense as the pros are thinking it may be it should reach far enough for Bingo to come up with some respectable numbers. As for Albany, hopefully they will at least get on the board. Enough said about them.

Remember we are clueless here at GSB so check with your favorite weather sources for your real forecasts and the snow that's on it's way should/will be worth keeping an eye on as it intensifies. Hopefully after all of you are safe at home from work and school. Have a super snowy Friday All!

11/20 - First off look for a lead change come tomorrow morning with either Rochester or Buffalo on top. At last check Rochester is leading but Buffalo may make some gains overnight.

Lake effect snow is in the forecast for several of the golden snowball cities which can only mean one thing. It's time for the first snow guesstimate of the season with normal prize of absolutely nothing going to the winner. Yeah, it doesn't get any cheaper than it does here at does it ;)

A good part of Central New York is under a lake effect snow watch and if we are lucky after everyone is home from work tomorrow it will turn into a snow warning. Unfortunately it's probably going to turn into a warning before then. Parts of western NY are already under a snow warning and hopefully Buffalo is/will be part of it so it will get interesting as the next couple of days go by to see which city comes out on top. From what NOAA is saying this will most likely be a 3 day event starting sometime Fri, Sat and into Sunday morning perhaps.

The National Weather Service Current Watches and Snow Warnings

Time for the snow guesstimate game which is simple and we will make the time period from 12:01 AM Friday (Midnight Tonight) to midnight Sunday night. Deadline to get your guesstimate in is by 4:00 PM tomorrow (Friday) in order to eligible to win the prize of Absolutely Nothing. Just post your snowfall estimates in the comments area and I'll go first and you know I always go with high wishful totals ;)

Syracuse - 15.5
Buffalo - 13 (will probably get over 2 feet)
Binghamton - 9
Rochester - 8
Albany - 3.5

Of course if this season goes like last season did we'll all probably get a couple of inches. Good Luck and Have a Great Day and take it slow on the roads. Snow Means Slow unless your on a sled of course.


At 11/21/08, 3:22 AM , Blogger Tom said...

Syracuse: 13.2"
Albany (I know, this is odd): 6.5"
Rochester: 5.3"
Buffalo: 3.2"
Binghamton: 1.9"

At 11/21/08, 7:35 AM , Anonymous zr800 said...

Looks like Syracuse will pull into the lead with a good margin.

At 11/21/08, 12:48 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Tom, you never know. Things are shifting eastward and it may make it to Albany.

ZR, at least you can say you have the lead right now. Something Syracuse or Buffalo can't say. I still remember your slow start last year so your off to a good start this season.

Nothing in Da Cuse right now. Looking at the radar there are plenty of squalls around though. I heard all 3 of the local forecasts for us and they seem to be slowly dropping the numbers. I hope this season isn't going to be like last season with all the hype and nothing to show for it :(

At 11/21/08, 3:21 PM , Anonymous Adam said...

3:16 pm--Not sure what you all are seeing, but here in Camillus it's pretty bad. It's been real heavy for about an hour. I hope it keeps up :)
Syracuse: 8.1"
Rochester: 4.4"
Buffalo: 2.1"
Binghamton: 2"
Albany: 0.2"

GO SYRACUSE! (for snow and basketball)

At 11/21/08, 4:38 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Adam, we just got a good blast here also just outside of the city. That band past to the east but it's starting to build up pretty good right now to the NW of us and it will be heading our way. Hopefully it won't head far enough to the east to miss us.

The North Syracuse area just had a band that had to be dropping 3 - 4 inches an hour and there is a good chance that my area is going to get clipped by it. It's showing bright orange on the radar ;)


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