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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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Friday, January 9, 2009

Is Buffalo's Seasonal Snowfall Record on the Line

Since the resurrection of the Golden Snowball contest several years back there has really only been one other time when one of the GSB cities had a shot at breaking Buffalo's hold on a snow record. That record which still stands is the seasonal snowfall record of 199.4 inches back in the 1976 - 1977 season. That city was Syracuse a few years back in the 2003 - 2004 snow season in which they had 181.3 inches and if I remember correctly they were rocking and all of the sudden the snow just stopped.

Syracuse's best was still off the Buffalo record by over half a foot piling up 192.1 inches in the 92 - 93 season. The question is, is this the year that Syracuse breaks the all time seasonal snow record and perhaps the first time that one of the cities in the Golden Snowball contest go over the 200 inch mark? Probably not because as soon as I type something like this I jinx the city and everything comes to a stop. Lets hope that's not the case though ;)

What got me thinking about the 200 inch mark was Tom Hauf from the TV 5 weather in Syracuse. He sends out a daily forecast email and last night he sent one with some pretty good stats. According to Tom Hauf, he said that:

"We are 40% of the way through the accumulating snow season and if this pace continues we would end up with 213.4" of snow making this winter Syracuse's snowiest on record".

Looking at the temperatures for the next several days with the highest in the 20's there is a good chance that the snow will keep piling up for most of the GSB cities with no end in sight for the near future. Good news for snow lovers, not so good for snow haters. For the snow haters according to Tom we are 40% through the snow season so just think that the glass is almost half full. The Big question, when it's completely full will Syracuse have the long sought after snow record of 200 inches or more?

Have a great weekend all and drive careful!


At 1/10/09, 10:15 PM , Blogger sean said...

pat - great post, and i'll do a blog post based on it and credit your inspiration. seems to me, within recent memory, we had another butt-kicking decemember and then settled into a heavy but nowhere-near-to-record-breaking winter. but this one feels different, and today's storm should push us well into the 90s. if we could come out of january at 150, even 140, who knows? here's the might-have-been: how about all that rain we got in the last couple of weeks? if it'd been a little colder, we'd really be thinking record.


At 1/11/09, 12:51 AM , Blogger Patrick said...

Sean, thanks ;) I just went out to take a video because it's coming down so hard right now in my area. Probably about 2 - 3 inches an hour and it looks like a heavier band is right behind this one heading our way.

Your right about the one season when we had a heck of a December similar to the one we had this season. I think this season may have even beaten that one. No doubt about the rain taking away from our stats and some of the other GSB city stats but so far this season has been a lot better than last year as far as the Nor Easters have been. I think last year almost everyone was a bust because it was too warm. I have that same feeling you do Sean about something being different this season. Hopefully it's the magical number of 200 ;)

At 1/14/09, 4:54 PM , Blogger PSUSyr5 said...

How did you get the emails from Tom Hauf? That definitely sounds like something I'd be interested in, but couldn't find a link for that on the WTVH website.

At 1/15/09, 1:46 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

PSUSyr5, Tom has his own website also in which you can subscribe to the daily forecasts and extended weekly forecasts. Every now and then he will through out some tidbits like the one the other day. You can subscribe to it at


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