First off as always, I want to give a Big Thanks to Nils S. for your more than generous donation. Thank You Nils and Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it ;)
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Snow Totals From Snow Storm Stella March 14th

Below are some snow storm totals from the storm that was named Stella by TWC. These are some of the snow totals that some of the cities in the Golden Snow Globe and in the Golden Snowball contest piled up on Tuesday, 3/14/2017

Snow Totals According to The National Weather Service

Binghamton, NY – 31.2 Old Record 5.9 1991

Syracuse, NY – 18.9

Albany, NY – 17.0 Old Record 12.9 1958

Rochester, NY – 16.4 Old Record 8.2 1993

Hartford, CT – 15.8 Old Record 15.8 2017

Worcester, MA – 14.4 Old Record 14.4 2017

Lowell, MA – 14

Buffalo, NY 13.2 Old Record 6.5 1998

Manchester, NH – 11.7

Central Park NYC – 7.6

Bridgeport, CT – 7.1 Old Record 3.0 1958

Newark, NJ – 7.0 Old Record 7.0 2017

Boston, MA – 6.6

Erie, PA – 5.3

Stay safe all and take it slow out there ;)

I Finally Get To Play in Snow in North Carolina

It’s looking like where I am at, which is just a little south of Raleigh, NC, may be getting 4-8 inches of snow according to some reports I have been seeing. It looks like I may be adding a city or two from North Carolina and maybe a couple of other cities down south to the National Golden Snow Globe contest.

All I can say is it’s about time, Bring It On, and I am looking forward to it :)

One thing you need to remember is that the Golden Snow Globe contest is about listing the Top 25 snowiest cities in the US with a Population of 100,000 or more as of the 2010 Census. I try my best to keep the Top 25 snowiest Big cities updated as much as I can and keep in mind that sometimes it is changing by the minute ;)

I also list a lot of other cities around the country just for Fun and to give us an idea of how much snow they are getting in those areas and States. I always keep the cities that are close to breaking into the Top 25 on the site along with cities that I think may have a chance at breaking into the Top 25.

So Yes, cities that aren’t in the Top 25 come and go during the snow season and any cities below the Top 25 may have less snow than another city that isn’t listed in the snow contest. I like to keep the list at around 40-50 which allows me to get more updates in each day.

OK, Some or most of you know I have been down in North Carolina hanging with my Grandson for awhile now. I have been missing the snow and I have only seen snowfall down here a handful of times. I’m looking forward to getting outside and playing in it with my Grandson. Of course, it also means that most of the area will be shut down if this snow does pan out.

The 1st time I saw snow down here it was around 3 inches give or take. Just enough to shut down the schools for 3-4 days. I never understood reading about it being from up north but Yes, it really does happen and Trust Me, they are smart to close everything down.

A Little Snow in South Like a Lot of Snow up North

It’s not like up north in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Erie or the Tug Hill area where we have plenty of plows and other equipment to help keep things running smooth or as smooth as possible anyways. I didn’t see a plow on our road that time everything shut down which means everything just gets packed down and sooner or later turns to pure ice. So to keep this short, most of the Meme’s you see are true about the south but for good reason :)

I guarantee that my daughter, her boyfriend, and friends will have the four wheelers and the RZR’s cranked up and playing in the snow too. They are always riding so the only difference is that it will be in snow instead of mud this time around :)

According to reports from the National Weather Service and some local news stations, it looks like the snow will start falling really late Friday night into Saturday. Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding areas including where I am staying are under a Winter Storm Watch right now which is in effect from January 6, 07:00 PM EST until January 7, 07:00 PM EST

Here are a couple of snow maps showing a couple of possibilities including how much snow the National Weather Service is thinking will fall and another map of what has a chance of falling in parts of North Carolina with storm Helena.

Snow Totals Expected Now For NC From Friday, 7pm thru Saturday 7pm

Possible Snow Totals for Ralegh and other parts of North Carolina

Snow Map of Possible Snow Totals for Fri 7pm Thru Sat 7pm

North Carolina snow storm Helena snow totals.

For those of you visiting down here in North Carolina, listen to the news stations and stay off the roads. Trust me, it will be a whole different kind of driving then it is up north. Stay safe all and have a Great day.

Live Eagle Cam, Harriett & M15 Baby Eagles

Are any of you following the eagles Harriett, M15, and their eaglet on the live eagle cam out of Florida? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been watching the live Eagle cam the last few days. I love this kind of stuff and it’s so amazing to watch it all live. A glimpse into nature that most of us don’t get to see enough of.

I have been seeing a lot of supposedly live cams on Facebook of the eagles in Florida but several of them end up just being recordings and aren’t live cams. So I found the link from the sponsors of the live cameras which is Pritchett Real Estate out of Florida and decided to add the live Eagle Cam to the site so that we know it’s live.

A big Thank You to Pritchett Real Estate for doing and sharing the live eagle cam with all of us. Enjoy and Warning, it’s addictive. Has the second eagle egg hatched yet ;)

Watching the Live Eagle Camera in Florida

You should have two choices of views on the live Eagle cams in Florida. If you scroll over the video once you start the live camera you will see an arrow pointing in both directions. If you click on that it will give you the option of watching the Eagles with the Eaglet and the egg close up or a choice of a wide view of what is going on around the Eagles nest.

Sometimes the wide view during the daytime will show the eagle that isn’t in the nest just hanging around and keeping an eye on the nest. I prefer the close up of the baby eagle (Eaglet) and the egg but that’s up to you. All in all, it’s as cool as it can get watching our nations birds in their natural habitat :)

A Screenshot Picture of an Eagle and Baby

Fun Fact: The Bald Eagle. The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it’s native to North America.

Sources:

statesymbolsusa.org
Dick Pritchett Real Estate, Inc

Chicago’s 1st Measurable Snow of 2016-2017 Snow Season

First off as always, a Big Thank You to Timothy B. for your recent donation to the snow site. It’s the first donation of the new snow season. I really appreciate it and they really help out a lot. Thanks, Timothy :)
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Chicago, Illinois and several other cities across the United States received their 1st snowfall of the season. Remember, this snow contest is for cities with a population of 100,000 or more as of the last US Census.

Chicago had the first snowfall of the 2016-2017 snow season picking up 6.4 inches of snow Sunday sliding into a tie for 4th place with Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chicago also set a date snow record for 12/4 Sunday with the fresh 6.4 inches of snow beating the old record of 5.1 inches which was set back in 2010. WTG Chicago and let’s see if you can stay in the Top 5 ;)

Current Top 5 Snowiest Big Cities in US

Snowiest big cities in the United States 2016-2017

Click Here for Top 25 Snowiest Cities in US.

Grand Rapids, MI did some mountain climbing also picking up 5.6 inches of snow on Sunday just missing a snow record of 5.9 inches that was set in 2009. Grand Rapids jumped all the way from the #23 spot on the snow mountain to the #4 spot.

Some Big Cities Had The First Snowfall 2016-2017 Snow Season

All in all about 13 Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more received their first snowfall of the season over the weekend with several cities breaking the date record for snowfall. Some which include:

    1st Measurable Snow for The Season


Chicago, Illinois
Madison, Wisconsin
Rockford, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Lansing, Michigan
Springfield, Illinois
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lincoln, Nebraska
Flint, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Des Moines, Iowa
Toledo, Ohio
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Some Cities That Set Date Snow Records Sunday

* Fort Wayne, IN – new snow record 2.7 inches breaking the old of 1.8 set in 1972.

* Chicago, IL received 6.4 inches breaking the old record of 5.1 set in 2010.

* Madison, WI had 5.7 inches of snow Sunday breaking the old record of 5.6 set in 2007.

* Peoria, IL new date record is 4.2 beating the old record of 2.9 inches of snow set way back in 1964.

I should be getting another snow update in later this afternoon-early evening so stay tuned and stay safe. Have an Awesome Day ;)

Syracuse Takes Lead in National Snow Contest

Updated 7:00 PM – Buh Bye Rochester, NY and Hello Syracuse, NY ;)

Syracuse took over the lead in the National snow contest as of the last update From the National Weather Service. Syracuse has set a date record for today reporting 12.5 inches so far and it’s still snowing. The new date record of 12.5 blows away the old record of 5.9 inches of snow set back in 1987.

So far Rochester is showing 3.3 inches for today closing in on the previous date record of 3.5 inches which was set way back in 1937. Below is the new Top 5 snowiest cities to date.

* Syracuse, NY – 19.1 inches
* Rochester, NY – 15.4 inches
* Billings, MT – 5.3 inches
* Sioux Falls, SD – 5.0 inches
* Anchorage, AK – 3.4 inches

Click here for the Top 25 snowiest Big cities in the US!

Stay Tuned ;)
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Rochester Takes Lead in National Snow Contest

Rochester, New York leads the national Golden Snow Globe contest after the new snow stats came out from the National Weather Service. For now, anyways, come on Cuse :)

We also have a Top 25 list as of the last update. I’m guessing there will be some more changes in the line-up when the next update comes out a little later this afternoon. Here are the current Top 5 snowiest cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 or more as of yesterday, 11/20/2016.

* Rochester, NY – 12.1 inches
* Syracuse, NY – 6.6 inches
* Billings, MT – 5.3 inches
* Sioux Falls, SD – 5.0 inches
* Anchorage, AK – 3.4 inches

Click here for the Top 25 snowiest Big cities in the US!
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Storm and Lake Effect Snow 11/21/2016

It’s still snowing pretty good right now and there are several travel advisories ou so check with your NWS or local meteorologists for the latest weather reports.

Here is a recent look at the NWS radar at around 2:00 PM today. It looks like a mix of some pretty intense lake effect snow bands coming off of Lake Ontario

  • along with some snow falling still from the snow storm. Look how far south they are reaching.

    Lake Effect Snow and Snow Storm Argos

    The Winter snow storm that has been named Argos by TWC has been dropping a lot of snow in the Upstate and Central New York areas along with some pretty gusty winds. After reading around I am seeing some reports of snow totals approaching close to 3 feet of snow.

    According to some tweets on Twitter and one by Carolyn Yerdon who keeps everyone up to date with the snow totals in Redfield, New York, they are up to about 32 inches and the snow is still falling.

    Stay tuned for another update later this evening when the new snow stats are reported by our NWS :) As always, if you See Snow – Drive Slow! Of course, if you are on a sled, go for it! Have a Great Day everyone!

  • Anchorage, Alaska Now Leads National Big City Snow Contest

    Anchorage, AK received 0.8 inches of new snow to take the lead in the Golden Snow Globe snow contest. WTG Anchorage! :)

    Billings, Montana started the 2016-2017 snow season off in early October picking up 3.0 inches of snow. Billings, MT has held the top spot on the snow mountain up until Anchorage received this snow.

    There are 5 cities with measurable snow so far this season and several other reporting a trace of snow on the season.

    The Top 5 Snowiest Big Cities in the US

    1) Anchorage, Alaska 3.4

    2) Billings, Montana – 3.0

    3) Hartford, Connecticut – 1.5

    4) Rochester, New York – 0.9

    5) Syracuse, New York – 0.2

    Click here for all of the snowiest Big cities!

    Have a great Election day everyone :)

    Anchorage, Alaska Starts Their 2016-2017 Snow Season

    Anchorage, Alaska has received 2.6 inches of snow the last couple of days so far to start off their snow season. According to the National Weather Service.  The average snowfall to date for Anchorage is 5.6 inches.

    I was able to get a full update in early today, Monday, for all of the other cities.  So far as of the last update, Billings and Anchorage are the only cities with any measurable snow for the 2016-2017 snow season.  Billings, Montana started off this season’s Golden Snow Globe contest with 3 inches of snow.  It will be interesting to see if Anchorage can slip past Billings and will be interesting to see if any other cities receive any measurable snow this week.

    As of this last update, there are about 35 cities that are behind their average snowfall for today’s date. Meaning that on average about 35 of the big cities with a population of 100,000 or more have at least a tenth of snow at this time in the season.

    Golden Snow Globe Winter Outlook Forecast Soon

    I’m leaning toward a snowier than average season for most of the cities this season. Stay tuned for the long-awaited, highly anticipated Golden Snow Globe winter outlook forecast that will be coming soon. You know, the only forecast that is totally made up but is accurate about zero percent of the time. It’s coming soon :)

    Click Here for the current snowfall update! Have a Super week all ;)

    Billings, Montana Starts The Big City Snow Contest

    Let the 2016-2017 snow games begin :) The National Weather Service is reporting as of the 4:00 PM update that Billings, Montana has received 3.0 inches of snow so far today, October 11th.

    I have been watching the snow map that shows where it has been snowing the last week or so and checking some of the states that were showing a little snowfall the last couple of weeks. Sure enough, Billings is on the snow board as of today. I just noticed this as I was checking tonight and I was just able to get an update in also.

    Billings Montana Only Big City With Snow

    Right now it looks like Billings is the only city with measurable snow as of the last update by the NWS. I’ve been watching the snow move down to the US from Canada but up until today it has been missing the cities in the snow contest and has been hitting the higher elevations. Here is a link to the snow map which is worth taking a look at.

    US Snow Map From 10/7 – 10/11

    Snow in Billings, Montana.

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/snow-and-ice/snow-cover/us/20161007-20161011

    I keep hearing and reading about some places in the United States getting some decent snow already. Right now it seems like places that are in the higher elevations. though.

    Below is a map of snowfall from the last two days. The snow that has fallen from September 12th and 13th. So far I am still just seeing a trace of snow for a few of the big cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest but I’m starting to think that this season may start a little sooner than normal.

    This map shows that measurable snow fell in Montana and in Wyoming. I also just looked at the 7-day snow map and that shows that some snow fell in Indiana. Snow in Indiana already? I’ll have to research that.

    Snow in the United States September, 2016

    Click Here for the NOAA Snow Map

    Anyways, it’s a pretty cool map that shows estimates of how much snow has fallen and you can go back to the last 7 days. It also shows what the current depth is in different parts of the country. Stay Tuned :)

    A Trace of Snow in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Omaha

    Is anyone ready to get the snow season going yet? I’m guessing only a few of you with winter toys are ready but believe it or not some cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest are already showing a trace of snow. Hey, I’m just the messenger ;)

    I figured I would do a reset of all of the snow stats from last season, the 2015-2016 snow season, after reading about a few of the smaller cities receiving measurable snowfall in parts of the US. I’m pretty sure this is the earliest I have ever done an update on the snow site since the Golden Snow Globe snow contest began back in the 2009-2010 season.

    Anyways, none of the Big cities are showing measurable snowfall yet but there are a few cities that are showing a trace. Remember, measurable snow is a tenth of an inch or more. There are however several that are showing a trace of snow including a couple that I’m not too sure about but the National Weather Service is reporting it.

    So far Omaha, Nebraska, Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Colorado are showing a trace of snow for the new 2016-2017 snow season. There are a few more that I am hesitant to add to the list right now. The new season starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th. Normally, I start looking at the cities sometime in October so if I don’t see any snow being reported chance are there won’t be an update for awhile :)

    OK, believe it or not, El Paso, Texas is showing a trace of snow which I believe they (Supposedly) received on August 21st. The only problem I am having is that on Aug 21st, the high temp was 86 and the low 63. Does Hail count? Amarillo, TX, and Topeka, KS are also showing a trace of snow so far on the season.

    A big WOW to seeing those stats in the NWS snow stats. Looking at the temps in El Paso around that time, hard to believe, so for now, I am going to leave them at zero and out of the contest for now. Hopefully, one of you more knowledgeable than me (Ha, like you exist, j/k :P ) can explain to me if I am wrong for leaving these cities out.

    A Couple of Fun Snow Facts Per the National Weather Service

    Here a few of the snow stats that caught my eye while doing this update.  This update was done on 9/8/2016

    * Fort Collins, Colorado on average has 0.1 inches of snow this time in the season.

    * Billings, Montana’s normal snowfall to date on average is 0.1 inches of snow.

    * September 3rd, 1961 Denver. Co received 4.2 inches of snow which is the highest to date for this time of the season.

    Click Here for the current snowiest cities snow stats, updated 9/8

    Enjoy the rest of the summer all and I’ll be seeing you all soon. Let’s hope not too soon, though ;)