Merry Christmas To Family, Friends and All of You

My family has always been about spreading tradition to different generations and it’s what I love the most about the Christmas holidays. I love watching our family coming together and sharing the same traditions that has gone on in our family for many decades.

I think this is one of the reasons I love this song so much. Two different generations so far apart and two different cultures so far apart that come together for the holidays.

It also brings to mind another favorite song by John Lennon, Imagine. Wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t just the for holidays and was year round that all of us could come togehter across the globe. JMO!

From my family to yours we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and what ever it is that you celebrate during this time of the season. For myself and my family it’s Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the time spent with your family my friends and have a Very Merry Christmas ;)

Syracuse is Slowly Adding Snowflakes to Snow Total

Syracuse is slowly sneaking up towards the leaders a few tenths of an in at a time. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Buffalo and Erie, Pa may want to start getting prepared and start making some snowballs for when Syracuse makes a run for the top of the snow mountain ;)

This last update I changed the snow stats that you see on the far right to give us an idea of how we all are doing compared to last season. Normally I have what the average snowfall totals should be to date. I changed it over to how much snow each of the cities had at this time last season. No doubt Erie, Pennsylvania, last seasons snow champs stands out the most. This time last season Erie had just over 4 feet of snowfall already. It’s probably a good thing that a decent lake effect snow event earlier in the season missed them or they would probably be close to that again right now.

Right now we have 4 cities in the snowiest big city contest that are within less 4 inches of each other. Grand Rapids is still the King and has been for most of the season so far but they have been pretty quiet the last several days. Syracuse is just a little more than an inch away from pushing Erie down the snow mountain a slot. Of course one decent lake effect event in any of these cities could give them a decent lead.

Storm Damon Hitting New York & Syracuse

Updated 12/11 7:30 PM - Lots of changes in the top 5 snowiest cities in the US. Buffalo continues to move up and Erie slipped down a spot on the snow mountain to #3. Grand Rapids continues to wear the crown as the King of the Mountain at the top but I think their snow days are numbered ;)

Both Erie, Pa and Buffalo, NY are less than a couple of inches though of taking over the top spot from Grand Rapids. Syracuse and Rochester, New York round out the top 5 snowiest cities so far for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. I have a feeling that we may have a new leader come tomorrow morning. Any guesstimates on which city will lead come the next update :)
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Updated 12/11 Noon - Grand Rapids, Michigan and Erie, Pa have held off the cities from New York. So far that is ;) Syracuse, NY managed to snow into the number 3 spot on the snow mountain passing Buffalo, NY but both Buffalo and Syracuse have gained on the Top 2 snowiest cities. Rochester, NY also continues to add to their snow totals moving them up a bit.

Syracuse is just a little more than an inch of snow away from taking the number 2 spot from Erie. Stay tuned because the overnight snow stats haven’t been reported yet by The National Weather Service so there will be more changes come the next update later on in the day. I think either Syracuse or Buffalo will hold the number 2 spot before the day is over. I also think Grand Rapids is still safe but be worried my friends in Erie, Be very worried ;) Stay Tuned!
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Updated 12/10 8 PM – It’s snowing in Syracuse, New York and they are still climbing the snow mountain and Rochester is on the move too. Part 2 of snow storm Damon is has been dropping snow on Da’Cuse today and it looks like Rochester is getting in on it also. So far as of yesterday Syracuse is showing close to 8 inches of new snowfall and Rochester is showing a few inches.

Syracuse has slid into 4th place in the National snowiest big city contest and Rochester, NY has moved into the top 10. It may be time for Erie, Pa to start making some snowballs to try and hold back Syracuse from taking the number 2 slot away from them. I think Grand Rapids, Michigan is probably safe for now unless the storm starts up some lake effect snow when it pulls out of the area. Gonna be interesting come the next update :)
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Well the snow is finally falling in CNY and it looks like Rochester may be getting in on the fun and maybe Buffalo too. The roads are slick so take it slow. Because of the temperatures the snow got a later start than I think was expected so we’ll have to wait and see how this blast of snow helps out the cities in New York.

I don’t see Syracuse climbing to the top but they may have a shot at climbing up to the top 5 slot on the snow mountain. I’ll post updates as they are posted by The National Weather Service. I just got an update in for all of the snowiest cities and will get at least a top 25 update in later today.

Any snow in your neck of the woods???

All Of The Snowiest Cities On Break

While the top 5 snowiest cities in the United States were sleeping it was a good time for a lot of the other cities to make a move ;) The top 5 are Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erie, Pa, Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana.

Nah, didn’t happen and only 2 cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest moved up this last update. All of the snowy cities are taking a little break but I see that snow is in the forecast for some of the cities so that could change. Grand Rapids continues to hold on to the lead by just a little more than a handful of snow over second place Erie, Pa and last seasons snow champs.

Grand Rapids has held the lead I believe since they pushed Erie, Pa off the top of the snow mountain right around November 17th give or take a day ;) Erie, Pa slipped into the lead although a short lived lead around November 15th taking the top spot from South Bend, Indiana.

It was pretty unusual to see some of the cities over a foot of snow that early in the season. Erie missed out on some decent lake effect snow that was suppose to hit them a few weeks back otherwise they would probably have a decent lead on a lot of us. Grand Rapids has had steady snowfall for the last few weeks keeping them on the top of the snow mountain. Keep it going Grand Rapids because a lot of cities will be trying to push you down the mountain sometime soon ;)

Have a Great Night Everyone :)

Black Friday Deals and Cyber Week Specials Online

Warning, Shameless online Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday and Cyber Week specials shopping plug ahead ;)

As some if not most of you know by now, the snow site is something I do for fun. What I actually do for a living is online marketing where I have relationships with online retailers who compensate me for sending customers to their online stores. Some of the merchants I deal with are Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, New Calendars for 2014 and the list goes on. Below you will find some of the merchants that have some good Thanksgiving Day sales going on along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials. Sorry for the shameless plug but I thought I would share them with you.

Walmart.com – Walmart Thanksgiving Day sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are some of the best around. They constantly change their online specials so just click the picture below to visit them for Walmart’s latest deals and specials.

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Christmasblowups.com – just in time for your outdoor yard decorating for the Christmas holidays. This is one of my other websites that I keep updated constantly for the holiday season. I have plenty of Christmas inflatable blowups on the site from several merchants including Walmart, Ebay and several other shopping site online. Even though it is one of my Halloween sites, I have switched it over to a lot of Christmas Blowups.
Click Here for Christmas Inflatable Blowups.

Calendars.com – One of the largest selections of desk and 2015 wall calendars for the new year online. Kids 2015 wall calendars, dog and cat calendars, movie, music, pretty floral calendars and thousand of others. Don’t forget to use the coupon code below to get even better deals on 2015 calendars.
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Three offers at the same time:
Extra 20% off orders of $50 or more with coupon code TGIBF
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Campsaver.com – Great Camping and Hiking Products

Black Friday deals start tomorrow. Savings will be up to 75% off, with many big brands on sale along with door buster deals.

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Fanatics.com - I like this shopping site and I like the quality of the sports apparel that they have. I have been happy with all of my college seatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts that I have ordered in the past from them. Licensed sports apparel and you can find some good deals. Use the one blow to save 25% off orders over $50.00 and free shipping.

Huge Black Friday Savings at Fanatics.com
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123inkjets.com - This is a good Thanksgiving Day sale and it will last several days. I buy my printer ink cartridges online because, well just because it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying them in a regular store for most brands. My family and friends also get them through me online and a few also buy them for their bsiness. Just in time for those of you who print up your Christmas cards or for anyone who does a lot of printing ;)

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HappySocks.com - these are pretty cool socks and really stylish. This is the best sale I have ever seen them have since I have been doing business with them. Worth checking out for some great Christmas gift ideas.. This sale starts on 11/28/14
and ends on 12/1 (Cyber Monday) at Midnight EST

Happy Socks: Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale: 40% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping on all orders. Ends 12/1
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Hostgator.com – If you have a website or plan on having one in the near future check out Hot Gator to host your sites on their servers. I have used them for several years now and have been happy with them. Right now Host Gator is having a 55% off sale on ALL hosting plans including reseller plans. Definitely a great deal for webmasters and those of you with your own websites.

The sales will start on Friday, November 28th at 12pm CST, and run until Monday, December 1st, at 11:59pm CST. Host Gator will be featuring 55% off all new hosting packages for the entire four days, and will also be running ten, one hour fire sales, featuring 75% off!

Click Here to Check Out Host Gator’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals!
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I am just throwing the sales up as my merchants send them to me to post so it won’t be very pretty. The Thanksgiving Day sales pretty much change by the hour with some of the shopping sites online so if you see a coupon or holiday special that is outdated, just click on the link and they should have the most recent Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals listed on their website. If you do decide to do your shopping online and go through our site, a Big Thanks in advance. I’ll try my best to add them to this post as they are passed onto me by the merchants I deal with.

I’m going to just post the Thanksgiving day sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as they send them to me. Like I mentioned, it may not look pretty but you will find some decent deals and most of them will run right thru the holiday weekend and the links most likely will run right up until Christmas so PLEASE add this post to your favorites and Thanks ;)
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Todays Pre Thanksgiving Day Nor’easter to Effect East Coast

First as always I wanted to say Thanks to Jennifer T. for taking the time to make a donation to the site. I’m sure money is tight this time of the year with the holidays upon us. Thank You Jennifer, I do really appreciate it :)
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Updated 8 PM - All of the cities were just updated. Unfortunately there were quite a few not reporting the new snowfall from the storm. There was quite a bit of shuffling and a couple of the cities finally managed to get on the snow board such as Baltimore, MD. I’m guessing there will be a lot more shuffling around come the next update.

3 of the cities so far have set a date record for snowfall even though it wasn’t a lot fo snow being reported. Allentown, Pa set a date record with 3.1 inches so far breaking the old record of 1.7 inches set way back in 1925. Newark, NJ set a date record for snowfall with 1.4 inches beating the old record of 9.1 set in 1955 and Hartford, CT broke theirs with 1.3 inches beating the old record of 0.4 set in 1985.

The biggest mover this update which had nothing to do with the Nor’easter was Madison, Wisconsin who jumped up 19 spots on the snow mountain from being in 29th place to the number 10 slot now. WTG Madison ;) Stay Tuned!

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Update 5 PM - I am starting an update with the new storm snow stats. Should be out in a bit ;)

OK, it looks like it’s going to be an interesting 24 hours or so as far as this snow storm on the East coast goes. It also looks like it may be a chance for some of the cities to catch up a little bit. I don’t think we will see any big snow totals like what we saw in the towns around the Buffalo area but I’m guessing there will be some changes in the top 10 after this first Nor’easter of the season goes through.

Is it snowing where YOU are? Drop a comment here if you have some time and let us know what it’s doing in your neck of the woods.

A couple of pictures from a friend in Milford, Pa from the Snow Storm

Grand Rapids remains the king of the snow mountain still and looks to be safe for now anyways. Erie is only a couple of ropes away from them though and remember, they still have the bragging rights from being crowned snow champs last season. I saw a clip of some snow falling in Billing, Montana earlier and they are way overdue to start making a move. Then again I keep forgetting it’s only November because of all of the snowfall that has fallen already this soon in the season for some of the snowiest cities in the US.

This could be a chance for cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Worcester, Maybe New York City, Baltimore and Washington DC to get their snow season going. I think, and remember I am always clueless, that it’s going to all come down to the temperatures for the cities south of DC. Below are a couple of radars of what it looked like before I went to bed last night/this morning ;) Just click on either one and it will bring you to the live radar and to the National Weather Service site for the most recent updates. Please drive careful in this Thanksgiving Eve Day snow storm if you are traveling. No doubt the highways and roads will be nasty toward the north.

The storm seems to be moving a little closer to my hometown Syracuse but I don’t think they are going to have more than a few inches unless it shifts inland more. Right now I am visiting my Grandson Corbin in North Carolina and it’s been nothing but heavy rain off and on for about the last 12 hours or so. It looks like that may finally be coming to an end :)


Just Click on The Radar and Then Click on Your Area


National Weather Service Map of Current Storm Conditions


US Map Nor'easter Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day 11-26-2014 East Coast

Have an Awesome Day All :)

A Cool Snow Storm Contest to Enter Free

This is a contest I have entered in the past and is a lot of fun seeing how good you are at predicting snowfall and storms. If you are a snow lover and like contests just for fun and guesstimating snow storms I highly recommend checking it out and joining. Again, it’s all about fun and the owner of the website TQ has great standards. No spamming you with emails, ads and so on. A truly good site. Here is the info below about the site and contest.  Even if you miss the first snow storm deadline which is for the next two days there will be plenty more for you to enter your predictions ;)

I believe the deadline for the current storm for Wednesday and Thanksgiving is: 10:30 PM EST TONIGHT … TUE … 25-NOV-14  So there is still a few hours left to start right from the beginning of the season.  If you miss the deadline you can still join and get in on all of the other storms ;)

The Contest

The NE.Wx Snowfall Forecast Contest (NEWxSFC) began during the 1999-2000 winter on USENET’s ne.weather newsgroup to find out which poster(s) made skillful forecasts for synoptic-scale snowfalls in the NE and Mid-Atlantic.  There was no station list or formal entry process. Forecasts were gleaned from newsgroup posts.

Since those early days … a permanent station list was developed and forecasts are submitted through an on-line form at the Contest’s web site.

This winter marks the 16th Annual’ Storm-total’ Snowfall Forecast Contest.
NEWxSFC is the longest continuously held snowfall forecasting contest on the World Wide Web!

The 27 permanent forecast stations for each snow storm range from Raleigh…NC (RDU) to Caribou…ME (CAR) and Binghamton…NY (BGM) to Hyannis..MA (HYA).

Web site @ http://www.newx-forecasts.com/
Blog @ http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/


How to Enter
A ‘Call for Forecasts’ is issued ~48 hours before the deadline on the NEWxSFC’s blog…web page…and via e-mail list whenever a contest-worthy storm appears likely.  Deadline for entries is usually 10:30 PM the day before the first flakes fly.  Entries are made through the Contest’s web site.

Forecast element: storm-total snowfall at each station.


What’s a Contest-worthy storm?
http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/2006/11/individual-storm-contest-season.html


Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest
This winter also marks the 14th Annual’Season-total’ Snowfall Forecast Contest.
Forecast element: season-total snowfall at each station.
Deadline for entries:  11:59 PM EST SUN … 30-NOV-14


Who Can Enter
Amateur and professional forecasters; broadcasters with or without trained Seals; all other weather-biz types and wanna-bees; wish-casters…astrologers…and any other universally recognized class of dreamers; Pollyannas or Cassandras…registered Nostradamusts… non-violent megalomaniacs…woolly-bear caterpillars or their agents…pest detectives…NE.Wx NG regulars and lurkers; refugees from AmericanWx and/or USWeather…including self-imposed exiles from Eastern and of course…actual meteorologists.

Contest Rules at the web site: http://www.newx-forecasts.com/


As always … there/s no cost … no fee … no advertising … or annoying requests for personal information to enter a forecast.  It’s just a fun exercise for winter wx enthusiasts to see who can make the best synoptic-scale snowfall forecast.

If you are issuing your first forecast this winter…or you entered the ‘season-total’ forecast contest … you/ll be prompted to create an account (user name / password / valid e-mail … if you want a copy of your forecast sent to your Inbox).
TQ

Have a Great Night All and Keep an Eye on the Weather the Next Couple of Days!

Snowiest Big Cities in U S Updated With a Twist

I just got a full update in on the snowiest big cities in the United States and decided to mix it up just a bit. Normally I have the current snowfall totals for each city and also what their normal average snowfall is for this date in the snow season. An example is that Grand, Rapids, MI is already over last seasons snow totals for this time by 28.6 inches of snow.

I have been keeping an eye on how some of the cities are doing compared to last seasons snow totals and thought I would share that with you. I think it kind of gives you a little glance as to how the 2014 – 2015 snow season may compare to last season. Of course it’s not like any of us know what Mother Nature has in store for us this season ;)

I think what make the current stats interesting is that there are only a few cities in the top 25 snowiest cities that have less snow this season than they did at this time last year. The really interesting part IMO is if you remember, last season a lot of cities broke a lot of records because of how much snow we received last season. Of course I have the memory of a toad so I can’t remember exactly which cities broke the all time snow records or had their top 5 snowiest winter ever but there was quite a few of them.

Of course my home town Syracuse has to be one of the few cities with less snow than last season right now. And where is Billings, Montana this season? They are only at 2.4 inches so far compared to 11.1 inches of snow last season???

With the early snowfall so far this season for some of the cities we could be seeing some big snow totals again for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. Right now Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erie, Pa, South Bend, Indiana and Even Buffalo, New York stand out pretty good. Grand Rapids only had 0.4 inches this time last season and are at 29 inches so far. Erie, Pa only had 3.9 inches of snowfall but are already at 24.1 so far. South Bend, Cleveland, Buffalo and many others are following right behind them.

I just found it kind of interesting to see how good/bad (?) this season is starting out so far. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? Would you rather have me list the average snowfall to date for the cities or list what we had last season to compare? Either way works for me and I suppose I can just mix it up every now and then.

Rumor has it that there is a Nor’Easter in the works for unfortunately the Thanksgiving travel time. Last I read it may be effecting some of the cities on the east coast I think all the way down to the DC area maybe. I need to read some more but keep and eye on it. It will be interesting to see if it comes inland enough to effect the Syracuse, Buffalo, Erie and other cities. I don’t think it is suppose to come in far enough to the west though. Remember, I am clueless so check with the pros, your weather folks in your towns and also the National Weather Service.

Have an Awesome Night Everyone ;)

Some Pictures From Buffalo Snow Storm and Erie

A Big Thanks to those of you who took the time to send me some pictures to post on the site. If for any reason any of these are copyright protected please feel free to let me know and I will take them down. I still have to add a few more but here are several that have been sent so far from the snowvember snow storm and from the lake effect snow that also hit Erie, Pa. I think a lot of these pictures give us the true scope of how bad it was in the towns surrounding the Buffalo area. Thanks again for sharing them with us..
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Here are some cool pictures that a friend Rich’s son Justin snapped. Him and his wife lives in Cheektowaga (south Buffalo), and had to deal with the Buffalo “Snowvember” storm with about 74 inches…

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 1

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 2

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 3

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 4

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 5

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 6
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This is a picture sent in by Bryan of The Erie City Proper when they received about 12 inches of snowfall.

Erie City Proper Snowfall
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From Metin with his description – First is a pic of my driveway on the border of Lancaster/Depew, NY about 3 miles from the airport…over 50+” of snow has fallen here but the airport has about 4 or 5″…craziness.

Lancaster Snow Storm in Driveway Picture

The second pic is the dreaded “White Wall” that anyone in this area knows about…God help you if you are driving into that from the outside.

Lake Effect Snow Wall in Buffalo Area

Another pic from Metin from earlier this morning when there was “only” about 35 or 36″ on the ground.

Snowvember Snow Storm in Lancaster, New York
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A fun picture sent in By Mike from the Buffalo area. No doubt this is right up my alley ;)

Snow Drift Beer Cooler in Doorway

Thanks for sending and sharing the snow storm pictures everyone :) Sooner or later I will figure the picture gallery out and make it look a little better. Have a Great Weekend and to those of our friends in the Buffalo area, wishing you all nothing but the best possible outcome. Stay safe and watch the flooding and roofs..

Erie, Pa Snowing Along With Grand, Rapids, Mi

First off as always a Big Thanks for your donation Paul W. and also for the kind words. Paul is in Southern Cal and is an Erie, Pa native. His buddy is also there and he is from Buffalo, NY. Thanks again Paul for taking the time and maybe I’ll do a rain dance for ya’s :)
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OK, Grand Rapids continues to add to their totals but Erie, Pa isn’t letting them get too far ahead of them. Erie is still hanging with them and added another 5.4 inches of new snowfall yesterday to their snow totals. Grand Rapids, Mi managed to just edge them out yesterday by a couple of tenths of an inch getting 5.6 inches of snow yesterday.

Buffalo, New York also added 4.6 inches of snowfall to their totals yesterday. I think there will be more snow to add to all of those 3 cities when the next update comes out a little bit later. A little bit of snow falling in the Syracuse area but nothing to help us move up. We figure we will give you a handicap to start the season off before we start getting serious ;)

Stay tuned for another update a little later, most likely just a top 25 update. One thing I did notice is that most of the snowiest cities in the top 25 are already over what their normal average is for this time in the season. Could be some foreshadowing as to what’s ahead for the 2014 – 2015 snow season ;)

Grand Rapids has 24.9 inches of snow more than normal, Erie, Pa is over their average snow totals by 19.7 inches, Buffalo, NY has 12.3 inches above normal and South Bend, In has 14.4 inches more than they normally do for this time in the snow season just to list a few. Stay Tuned for the next update…