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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, December 31, 2009

A Golden Snowball Snow Race to The Finish?

Gotta Love It! Less than 4 inches of snow separate 4 of the golden snowball cities heading into the New Year. I think this is probably the closest race going into January since the Golden Snowball contest started up again several years ago. The good thing is that snow is in the forecast for the next several days so it should get even more interesting to see which city wins this latest round. Some of the snow looked like it was hanging to the south so Binghamton may have a shot at making a move in the next update.

Looking at the stats from this time last season Syracuse was sledding to victory with an almost two foot lead over Buffalo and Rochester. Not this season! Syracuse still remains near the bottom but has slowly inched it's way back into the snow race. Just a few flakes of snow separate Buffalo from Rochester and like I mentioned, I'm loving it.

In the national snow contest none of the cities from New York are in the top 10. Both Rochester and Buffalo dropped out and Syracuse has been lucky just to even be in the contest. Syracuse did make a big jump though from 36th place to 25th and that's not counting the snow from the last day or two. Buffalo and Rochester are hanging right around the top 10 snowiest cities for this season but all of us have are work cut out for us. I'm still thinking that the cities to beat are going to be the us three along with Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erie, Pa and a few of the cities in Colorado. Don't forget though, I'm normally wrong ;)

Have a Great, Safe Happy New Years Eve All!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Has The Snow God Been Dusted Off

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic Christmas! It's time to get back to work on the snow stats after a tiring but fun family break ; ) Keep an eye on the weather on Tuesday because it will be nasty driving in a lot of places.

OK, I hinted in a reply or two that I was curious if the Snow God has been awaken from his/her hibernation this season and it appears that that NYCO, the keeper of the Snow God completely forgot about him/her *cough* *cough*

Quote from Ellen (NYCO)

"Oh my God! Just this morning I realized... I FORGOT TO PUT OUT THE SNOW GOD this year.

I totally forgot. How could this have happened.

He is displeased with us in Syracuse now! Very displeased!!!"

That could explain the wimpy winter we've been having here in the Syracuse area and in CNY. The snow has been picking up a bit the last few days and it's looking to look more like winter this week than it has been looking so I can only assume the Snow God is all shined up and ready to let it rip. NYCO?. Lets just hope that the Snow God isn't too ticked off and decides to bury us the next few months. Hmmmm, or should we hope he/she is ticked :)

It's Buffalo by 1 snowflake over Rochester at the last look at the snow stats and that may be bouncing back and forth this week. Buffalo went from third place in the New York snow race to first and Binghamton dropped down to third place. I'm really not liking the way the top 3 seem to be separating themselves from the bottom 2 at this point but there is still a lot of snowfall to come. Look for more frequent updates from here on.

As for the national snow contest I really don't have a clue. Well maybe a clue but I haven't updated those stats in several days and there has been a lot of snow falling in some of the Northern US cities so that should be interesting once I update those stats a little later on.

Have a Great Tuesday and Drive Carefully!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Snow Contest is Getting Closer

Sorry about the lack of updates all but it tis the season and with family in town it's going to be hit and miss. The snow stats for the 5 golden snowball cities have been updated and it's still looking to be a good snow race this season.

Syracuse finally got off the bottom of the snow hill with 4.6 inches being reported so far for yesterday. I think the strangest thing about the snow stats for Syracuse was that they actually set a daily date record with only 4.6 inches on December 23rd that dated all the way back to 1953. You would think that this far into the snow season it would take more than that to break a record wouldn't you?

Rochester is still hanging tough at the top but barely with Binghamton and Buffalo trying to close in. Albany is finally where they belong, at least for now.

I think the stats that stand out the most right now is that all of the GSB cities are behind last seasons stats and their normal stats for this time of the season. Syracuse is over 50 inches behind in snow compared to last year at this time with Rochester the only city staying close to normals. I'll try and sneak another update in before Christmas and maybe update a few cities in the national snow race but if not:

Have A Safe and Merry Christmas Everyone

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rochester Skates to Their First Lead of The Snow Season

Rochester picked up just over half a foot of snow yesterday to jump to the King of the snow hill for the first time this season I believe. Most of the season they have been hanging near the bottom of the hill with Syracuse who so far been the embarrassing snowiest city of the 2009 - 1010 snow season.

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Binghamton piled up just enough snow to stay ahead of Buffalo with Buffalo dropping down to the number 3 spot. Albany stays ahead of Syracuse, Bwaaa, Haaa, Haaa, Ha (Evil Laugh). It will be interesting to see when I do the stats for the national snow race if Rochester can make it to the top 10 and if Buffalo will remain there. Lets just hope that one of the NY State cities can win the nationals. Is this the season Syracuse goes down in defeat????

Have a Super Day All!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Binghamton Ahead by A Snowflake

Lots of changes in the snow race the last day and most likely there will be more by the time the nights over.

Binghamton has retaken the lead from Buffalo by only a tenth on an inch of snow. Rochester moved up to 3rd place passing Albany and they are hot on the snow trail of Binghamton and Buffalo now. Syracuse finally hit the 5 inch mark, lmao! Enough said about Syracuse. The lake effect machines are still at work up north and supposedly the band is suppose to drop south. We'll see what happens with that. Maybe a late night update depending on how the snow blows tonight.

Have a Great Evening and Take it Slow. Snow Means Slow!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Snowiest US Cities at Golden Snow Globe

There isn't a whole lot going on right now in the Golden Snowball contest so I had a chance to put together some stats at the snowiest big city in the US site, the Golden Snow Globe award

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The cities from New York are still pretty far behind some of the other cities from other states. Buffalo is carrying New York so far rounding out the top 10 at number 10 on the list. At least that is where I have them right now but most likely there are probably a few cities in Colorado that I still haven't been able to locate the stats for so that should change. Rochester is next for NY at 21st place. Syracuse is, is, well Syracuse is at #31 on the list that I have so far. Pretty sad if you ask me that we are all getting whooped halfway through December as bad as we are.

Colorado is definitely the Boss state right now as far as the snow contest goes. Grand Rapids has been getting hit good a couple of time and are in 4th place. Wisconsin has a couple of cities in there, Madison and Green Bay. Colorado has been quiet for a few days now and some of the other cities are taking advantage of them but still have a ways to go.

I wasn't expecting this big of a lead by any of the US cities this early on but of course Mother Nature does her own thing. I thought Erie, Pa be right right up there and they probably will be sooner or later. They just started to pile up some snow totals so I think it's going to go down to the last snowflake.

Syracuse has almost a 4 foot gap to make up in order to claim the snowiest city pop 100,000 in the country so we best start turning it on now. Hopefully with some snow in the forecast the next couple of days one of the New York cities will gain some snow on the other cities. Check out the new US snow stats at

Golden Snow Globe's Snowiest Us Cities

GO BUFFALO - GO ROCHESTER - GO CUSE, GO NEW YORK!!!! Have a Fantastic Day All!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Welcome Back Buffalo Buh Bye Bingo

I was afraid to check the stats this evening because every time I checked the radar earlier it looked like Buffalo was getting the lake effect snow. Buffalo pushes Binghamton out of the short lived top spot that they held which also drops Albany down to 3rd place.

Rochester got in on the action and blasted Syracuse with a snowball or two to know them back to last place. I think the question is are Buffalo and Rochester done with this last blast of snow yet? Nothing but a few flakes in the Syracuse area with most of the decent snow hanging up north or to the south of us. I was hoping with the strong winds today we may have been able to steal a little bit of snow from Buffalo's Lake Erie but it didn't quite reach us.

It's looking like Tug Hill Tina and other people up North of Syracuse should be happy (or not) because it looks like they are in the thick of the lake effect. South of Buffalo looks to be getting decent amounts of snow also. I have a feeling Buffalo and Rochester may be in the number 1 and 2 slot sometime tomorrow. All I can do is sit here and shake my head at the pitiful 4 inches that Syracuse is showing. Of course I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that don't mind it a bit.

Have a Nice Night All!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Buh, Bye Buffalo Hello Binghamton

I am so loving this!!! The unlikely two cities fighting for king of the snow hill. When I took a look at the stats I saw Buffalo didn't get much and I thought Syracuse would jump into 3rd place. Man was I wrong. Took a look at Binghamton and Albany, yes Albany who I try not to even mention and was surprised to see those cities ahead of Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse.

Binghamton wasn't too much of a surprise, at least not this early into the season but to have Albany in 2nd place less than an inch out of 1st..... Both broke date records for snowfall with Albany picking up 7.3 inches and Bingo grabbing 6.4 to drop Buffalo down to 3rd place.

Rochester slips and slides down to the dreaded dead last spot in the Golden Snowball contest. Syracuse moves from the bottom of the hill to the number 4 spot. All in all it's a good start to what should be a fun contest this season. I'll have to look back but I don't remember Albany ever being this close 1st place this time in the season but I could be wrong. Remember it's me and I normally am. I think this week will continue to be interesting with more changes in the line up.

Syracuse ends it's streak of 287 days without at least an inch of snow falling. A record that I can't see being touched for a long time and to that record I say seeee ya and let the snow games begin. Again!

Have a Great Night All!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Buffalo Continues to Pad Their Snow Totals

Go Buffalo! Although they have just about half of the snow that they normally have about this time of the year they are sneaking in an inch here and there to build on their lead. They may be able to catch last years totals by the end of the week. Albany is the only city above last years totals and all of the other GSB cities are pretty far behind both their average snow for this time in the season and last years totals.

Syracuse is over a foot behind their normals and almost a couple feet behind last seasons snow stats. Both Binghamton and Rochester are lacking around a foot of snow compared to last year at this time. What's this all mean? To be honest, not a thing. This is the great northeast and things can change in the blink of an eye. That blink of an eye may see some changes starting tonight and lasting at least a few days.

I'm seeing snow in the forecast that ranges anywheres from and inch or two to 2 - 4 and up. I'm guessing that the temperatures could be playing a part in how much snow some of our Great cities get. If your a snow lover all we can do is hope that the lake effect machines are all tuned up now and ready to start cranking out some real snow. Some of the reports have the lake effect staying up north but I have a feeling that a shift down to the south may be in the work. Remember though that's just me and I'm normally clueless soooo.....

In the snowiest city in the US it's not looking to good for the New York cities right now. Some of the weather stations are mentioning the great snow state of Colorado again and their not talking inches but feet again. Their is a good chance that some of the big cities may be getting a couple more feet of snow to add onto their already impressive leads. The big 3 cities in New York may have about 5 feet or more to catch up on in order to win the first ever Golden Snow Globe Award. I think it will be exciting right to the finish for both contests. More to come later.

Have a super snowy night all!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Albany Slips Past Syracuse and Rochester

Please say it isn't so!!! Well it is so and Albany has slipped past Rochester and Syracuse with that storm that came through over the weekend. The cool part of it is that Syracuse is in dead last for the Golden Snowball award this season with Rochester trying to snowball fight it's way from falling into last place.

How long will Albany remain out of last place? Probably not too long with snow in the forecast for the next few days and Wednesday could get interesting for all of the GSB cities if it's cold enough.

One other thing I noticed is that Syracuse lost .2 inches of snow in the stats the last day or two. Give it back I say to NOAA. Don't get me wrong. The people at NOAA rock with all the stats they gather and post 3 times a day. Buffalo and Binghamton especially rock IMO ; ) the thing is Syracuse may need that at the end the way we are starting off here. Sometimes the National Weather Service does make a correction that it may have missed but I think too much time went by on this one. Most likely it was a mistake right around the 4th of December. Hmmmm! Ya know I'm getting desperate for snow when I am fighting for a couple tenths of an inch this early on :) Could be Daver trying to give Bingo the jump early on. I"m kidding of course Dave and we miss ya man ; )


The next couple of days as a matter of fact should be interesting for almost all of the cities in the US. I think I heard that with the system thats happening now most of the states may see some snow which should also make the Golden Snow Globe contest a PITA. I mean it should make it interesting. Tough enough trying to find snow stats for the normal snow cities over 100,000 but when I have to check out stats in cities like Texas all I can do is shake my head. It's a strange start to the snowy season to say the least.

Way to go Albany for passing DaCuse and The Rock and stay tuned for an interesting couple of days. No doubt there should be some shuffling around and we'll see if Buffalo can hold onto their lead.

Don't forget to check out Stephen's results for his last regional forecast at goldensnowglobe .com

Have a Great Night All!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I Think the Picture Says it All

Snow in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana and the list goes on and on. The picture below pretty much says it all when it comes to most of the Golden Snowball cities :( As I was taking that picture about 10 minutes ago a few flakes did start to fall but the chances are it won't be adding up to anything. What stands out the most in the picture of the flowers is that here we are on December 5th and not only are there flowers on the plant but new buds just keep coming and coming.

I suppose it's kind of cool I guess but I think all the snow lovers would like to see them burried under a few feet of snow.

Here is a short video of the rainbow that was earlier in the week in the Syracuse area. It was actually a double rainbow but I didn't catch that. Gotta love it. Have a Super Day All!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time For The Buffalo Shuffle

First Lake Effect Warning of the season! After this event was first hyped up a few days ago the forecasts all but killed this down to a minimal event and now we have shifted back to a decent snowfall potential. Looking at 5-10 inches for the Buffalo Metro tomorrow which would give us a great lead for the dismal winter we have all been suffering thus far. I'm hoping this turns into one of those mis-forested lake storms that just unleashes on us. Well only reason I am crossing my fingers for that is because I have off tomorrow and don't have to drive in it. So I say LET IT SNOW!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Buffalo Skates into the Lead

LATE NIGHT - The stats are posted and are now official. Buffalo has the first lead change of the season bumping Binghamton down to second place. Go Buffalo!!!

Earlier - The General (from Buffalo) and ZR800 (Rochester) both reported that the snow was falling this morning and it's about time that both of those cities finally get on the snow board. WTG!

Buffalo is doing it in style by most likely jumping right into the lead for the first time this season. After reading around it's looking like they have started their snow season on December 1st with 5.8 inches of snow. That's what it is looking like according to some unofficial stats that NOAA does have up. The official stats should be out later. Most likely Buffalo will also be in the top 10 in the new contest of snowiest cities in the US. That is at least until I find all of the snow stats for the US cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Rochester it looks like will be on the snow board when the official stats come out later also. 1.6 inches which is enough for them to pass Syracuse I believe and take over the 3rd place spot. Both Buffalo and Rochester stats were as of 7:00 am this morning so the snow stats may go up if any other snow fell since then. USA, LLC

Binghamton along with DaCuse probably have nothing to show but maybe a trace to a couple of tenths of snow. The snow was all around here but I think it may have stayed a bit further to the north and west of both cities. Look for the official totals a little later.

Steven put out another forecast for a couple of areas on the new site at He did a great job IMO with his first snow cast only missing by one city which was Bingo. Check it out at It's pretty interesting as to how he is doing it.

Have a Great Day Everyone!

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