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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 30, 2009

Syracuse Already Over Seasonal Snowfall Normals

Breaking News - Syracuse is Over Their Average Seasonal Snowfall Totals. OK, no matter which seasonal snowfall totals you go by for Syracuse, they are over them all now. Now as the latest stats came in from NOAA and only around halfway through the season. I was going to post a couple of hours ago but wanted to hold off to make sure the airport was getting the little bit needed that I was at my house. As of 5:00 PM Syracuse's total snowfall for the 2008 - 2009 snow season has piled up to 121.2 going over the highest average that you will see at NOAA. Read the post below for more about why the averages have been talked about lately.

Remember, these stats are on a 30 year average but updated every 10 years. In other words although NOAA has a couple different seasonal averages for Syracuse the average annual snowfall from 1971 - 2000 according to NOAA is 121.1 . That's the one we are going to go with from here on out. Unless of course we change that :)o If you look around you will see averages of around 117 inches give or take a bit. That would be the all time averages which is something like 58 or 59 years. Pretty much since NOAA started recording or keeping track of the stats. Another would be what NOAA has in their Climate page section which we have been using for the fact that is where we get our daily stats and averages from. The reason we have decided to go with the 121.1 inches for the average annual snowfall is because those seem to be the most accurate or updated. I crunched some numbers together for 30 years of snow seasons and came up with 120.1 but we'll go with the 121.1 inches which is based on Monthly totals over a 30 year span from 1971 to 2000 instead of annual or seasonal. OK, enough already huh ;)

More breaking news is that Buffalo has regained second place by a few flakes over taking Rochester once again. If only we can get the cities to start making a charge to the top of the snow hill to keep this contest interesting we'll be all set. Remember only about half way through the snow season now with a full second half to play and anything can happen in that time. Don't let the fact that Lake Erie is pretty close to being frozen over fool you either. Buffalo is Buffalo and they know how to find a way to grab some snow from where ever they can get it. Don't be surprised f We catch them trying to tap into our lake, Lake Ontario because they are good at finding snow which brings me to:

Snow is in the forecast with the possibility of a kick butt storm in the making. Rumors are spreading around faster than the snow is flying right now up north in the Watertown area that come early next week another major storm, perhaps the best of the season so far is tweaking itself. From what the snow birdie told me is it may be a little to the west of Syracuse which would probably mean a mix of everything but the kitchen sink in and East of Syracuse. Could be a chance for Buffalo and Rochester to make up some snowflakes on DaCuse. Of course it's way to far away for any of the pros (your local meteorologists to even coma close to making a call as to which way it will head but keep checking with them because if everything falls into place this could be a good one. Hopefully all snow in New York but that probably isn't going to happen. It would be nice if it could stay to the east of Syracuse where everyone gets to play. Congrats to Syracuse on hitting the annual snowfall this early in the season. The annual snowfall whatever it may be ;) Have a great night all!


At 1/30/09, 8:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we really only half way through the snow season? That just made me so depressed.

At 1/30/09, 8:29 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Anon, made you depressed meaning you wish we were only a quarter way through the season ;)

Really we are probably a little more than halfway through the snow season. A lot of people use mid January as the middle. Of course with Groundhogs Day right around the corner that may change one way or another though :)

At 1/31/09, 8:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for clarifying the average annual snowfall issue. Where did the number 111.9 inches for the annual snowfall come from, which was being used for the past few years?

At 1/31/09, 10:05 AM , Blogger Patrick said...

Anon, The number was from a section on NOAA where I get the dail climate stats from every day for updates. At the end of each season for the Normal snowfall it will say 111.9. Here is an example for snowfall totals for Syracuse as of yesterday.

At 1/31/09, 7:06 PM , Anonymous Charles W. said...

It looks as if the storm from next week is not going to affect 3 of the cities (Syr, Buf, and Roc) and that will give the other 2(Alb, Bgm) a chance to catch up.

At 12/20/10, 10:18 PM , Anonymous weatherT said...

The storm keeps going back and forth. First looked like NYC would see significant snow, then it looked like here in Syracuse would see the heaviest. The latest computer model Monday night shows NYC to Albany with the heaviest snow coming in Saturday night and early Sunday. Either way we will see the lake effect snow behind the storm for the first half of next week!


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