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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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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Syracuse Sledding Toward a Top 10 Snow Season

Syracuse set another date record yesterday with 5.6 inches of snow (kind of wimpy if you ask me) but it looks like a warm up for the next few days may put a sudden stop to things temporarily at least.

If my math is right which remember it normally isn't, Syracuse has had it's 12th snowiest season so far and a top 10 finish is in reach. I was looking over the stats here at the Snow Stats Page and it looks like if Syracuse can end the season with 153.1 inches that will put them in the top 10. Syracuse has a chance of having their 5th snowiest season if they can keep piling up the snow and reach a total of 168.9 inches. With Syracuse needing just a couple more feet of snow and with March's average snowfall of just under 19 inches it's definitely doable. What about that long sought after 200 inch mark? March has been known for a good storm or two and I think it would take something like the March blizzard of 1993 to put us in reach of that goal.

One of the comments left here was how it's pretty much over and that even a good Nor Easter wouldn't move the cities close because Syracuse would also get the snow. Not a Nor Easter like last season where Buffalo picked up something like 23 inches and Syracuse got a little more than a dusting. Of course I think it would take a couple of them for Rochester and Buffalo to have a shot at a comeback like they made last season. No doubt though that it's looking pretty good right now for Syracuse as we wind down the home stretch.

I'm feeling pretty confident about the Golden Snowball Winter Prediction this season. Well other than picking Rochester pulling an upset. With the Rock and Buffalo both ready to hit their seasonal averages and Binghamton still above their normals at least 3, of the 5 GSB cities will have an above average snowfall season for 2008 - 2009. Here is the 2008 - 2009 winter outlook that was posted back in December. Yeah, yeah, I know my totals are pretty off right now other than DaCuse so Rochester and Buffalo best start piling it on. Have a Great Day All!

8 Comments:

At 2/24/09, 2:07 PM , Blogger Josh Blair said...

Patrick,

If you check out the front page of the Post-Standard, there is an article on the top of the fold about this, with a nice graphic showing the top 15 snowfalls (since 1950). We're currently #12 and are just a slight dusting from #11. I predict we'll fall within #6-#8.

It'd be nice to get in the top five (and the long sought after #1), especially since I'm moving later this year to an area that receives an average annual snowfall of 32 inches.

Here's the article, although the graphic is unfortunately missing:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf?/base/news-17/123546940199540.xml&coll=1

 
At 2/24/09, 4:23 PM , Blogger SilverCat said...

Josh, thanks for posting that link. I'll be reading the paper later and see the graph. Unfortunately, Syracuse.com often falls short with including graphs, photos, etc. that accompany the print articles.

Patrick, any chance down the road of you incorporating in your chart the season record snowfall stats for the five cities? It would be great to have that info readily available for comparison with current year.

Blessings,
SilverCat

 
At 2/24/09, 5:17 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Josh, thanks for the link. One of the reasons I like Syracuse.com is because several of them are always into the contest and our snow amounts. I think 6 - 8 is a good bet. Hopefully March will come in like a Lion ;)

SilverCat, consider it done and good idea. I have to run out in a bit for the night so I'll try and make the chart a little prettier when I have some time :)

 
At 2/26/09, 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cousin Patrick,
thanks for expanding the stats, helps recall our past winters in New York with their big storms dropping many inches - 1967, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 1994. Tug hill plateau stats would also be impressive. The NC grass is growing and the return of Tiger has spurred much interest with getting the clubs out early. Robins were passing thru earlier this week, along with geese, so Spring is eventual in Central New York. Y'all take care, Pam and Mike

 
At 2/26/09, 11:46 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Mike and Pam,

It's nice to see Tiger back on the course. Of course he got spanked today but Tim Clark played pretty good to beat him. No doubt he'll be back in full force before we know it.

I was just thinking the other day that within the next week or so some of the robins should be popping up here and there. It's nice to know they are headed this way. Hey, I almost made it downtown when you guys were here and meeting at Barbie's husbands bar but it just never panned out. Aunt Nancy said you all had a lot of fun. Maybe next time! We do St Patty's Day downtown every year and we have them on our stop list for this year ;)

 
At 3/1/09, 1:31 PM , Blogger Brian Cubbison said...

Here's the chart from The Post-Standard. (The stories that go into the paper have to go online without the graphics and photos, but we're working on that.)

http://blog.syracuse.com/indepth/2009/02/chart_of_snowiest_winters_in_c.html

 
At 3/2/09, 1:29 AM , Blogger SilverCat said...

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for posting the season records. I love having that information there.

Blessings,
Brenda

 
At 3/2/09, 12:07 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Brian, thanks for that link with the top 15 snow seasons. it's appreciated :) The Post Standard and Syracuse.com has always come up with some great stuff on our winters not to mention how supportive you are and more important the part that both play in keeping the Golden Snowball contest interesting.

I keep saying I'm going to put all of the cities snow stats from http://www.goldensnowball.com/yearly-winners-golden-award.htm into a spreadsheet or something so that it can be sorted but haven't gotten around to it yet :(

Brenda, I agree and thanks again to who suggested the idea. It's nice to see where we stand compared to some of the record snow seasons. That said this last storm that almost was but ended up being a near miss might have put Syracuse on path for the record. Of course there is still a lot of March left ;)

 

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