Breaking – The National Snow Contest Has Begun

It was only a matter of time that the 2014-2015 Golden Snow Globe contest would start up and it has done just that. Anchorage, Alaska has started off the national snow contest this season picking up 0.8 inches of snowfall yesterday. Remember that this contest is for Bigger cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 or more.

I had a feeling a couple of days ago that the contest would be starting up right after the weekend and it did. To be honest though I thought it was going to be a city in the Northeast that would start it up because of how cold it was suppose to get last night, Sunday night. My guess a week or so ago was that Billings, Montana was going to be the first city to receive measurable snow and that didn’t pan out either. Now that the snow contest has started maybe the rest of us won’t get any snow until January.

OK, which city do you think will win the national snow contest for the 2014-2015 snow season? I have to go with you know the city ;) Syracuse, New York of course. I’m sure those of you from Erie, Pa, Billings, Buffalo and a few of the other cities may have a different opinion though ;)

Have a Great Night All!

Welcome Back to the Snow Contest South Bend

10/14/2014 – Breaking News - It’s official, South Bend, Indiana is back so watch out Erie, Syracuse, Buffalo, Billings and the rest of the top snowiest big cities in the US. I received a phone call from Maggie from the National Weather Service in Syracuse, Indiana returning my call and who left a msg on my phone confirming that they are receiving snow stats for this season for South Bend, In. Thanks for getting back to me Maggie, much appreciated… Let’s just hope it lasts :) Welcome back Cory and the rest of South Bend and Good Luck!

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I just updated all of the Cities in the National Snow Contest and as always took a peek at South Bend, Indiana. I do that every now and then to see if the National Weather Service out of Syracuse, Indiana is showing any snow stats for South Bend. To refresh all of our memories last season the airport stopped measuring the snowfall for the National Weather Service. That was in December of 2013 so we had to remove South Bend from the Golden Snow Globe contest for the fact we couldn’t get any official snow stats.

I just looked and I am showing that the snow stats are being listed once again so let’s that NOAA found a group or maybe got the airport to start taking measurements again. South Bend is a formidable opponent for all of the Snowy cities with a population of 100,000 or more and it would be great to have them back in. Keep your fingers crossed Cory and the rest of you from the South Bend area. Then again maybe it’s just a fluke they are showing snow stats but I haven’t seen them list them since the 2013 – 2014 early snow season back in December.

I do have a couple of calls out to the Syracuse, Indiana (Love that name Syracuse :) ) weather service so hopefully they will get back to me about what’s going on and if they are getting Snow Measurements again. Here is more info on what went down last season.

Buffalo, New York is the only city this update to join the Trace of snow club which makes 11 cities showing a trace of snow for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. There are also quite a few cities that are behind what their normal snowfall should be for this time into the season. I think I counted 19 cities in the Golden Snow Globe national snow contest that should have at least 0.1 of snow or more this update. In other words it’s closing in on us all and of course it’s just a matter of time now.

One other thing for those of you from Erie, Pa. Ruth sent me a tweet about a poll on the yourerie.com site asking when you think the first snowfall will be for Erie, Pa. If you look to the right and scroll down a bit you will see the poll at Thanks for taking the time Ruth ;)

The last several days and nights were pretty cold in the Syracuse, NY area but today was a little warmer and I think upper 70′s for Tuesday. Every nice day we can get right now I’ll take and I’m sure most of you are thinking the same way.

OK, so which city is going to be the one that starts off the 2014 – 1015 Golden Snow Globe contest? Have an Awesome Night All ;)

Which Snowiest City Will Start National Snow Contest

Do any of you have a guesstimate as to which of the snowiest cities in the US will start off the Golden Snow Globe national snow contest for the 2014 – 2015 snow season? Personally I think it’s going to be a toss up between Anchorage, Alaska, Most of the Colorado cities and Billings, Montana. I’m going to go with Billings, Montana to get the first measurable snow of the season. Keep in mind though that there has been some snow falling in Alaska, just not in Anchorage as of this last update. Leave a comment in this post with your pick if you have some time ;)

Yeah, I know it’s way too early to even think about snow especially when the weather has been really awesome the last couple of weeks. At least on most of the east coast anyways. I normally don’t even look at the snow stats this early in the season but as I mentioned on the New York Golden Snowball website I had a major computer crash on my other computer so I kind of need to give this antique computer I am using a couple of test rides to get all of the bugs out when updating the website. It’s slower than it will seem like this coming winter will seem like but so far at least it’s working.

I’m also looking for a couple of advertisers or sponsors for the website this season. If you work at a company or know of one that may be interested please have them get in contact with me for some details about the cost and site stats. I’m thinking this year, not season may hit 1,000,000 page views or at least come close to that. Our little snow site has grown each year that it’s been around which I am loving because I am getting to meet a lot of you that are from all over the country. Just click on the contact page above to get in touch with me.

I’m looking forward to the new season (That is sooo untrue) and I am sure it will be as much fun as last season was. Thanks to all of you who posted comments, sent emails and made donations to the site last season. It was an awesome group and I hope to see everyone posting again this season. Enough said and to those of you in Erie, Pa, Not Happening this season. You’re going down ;)

Enjoy the rest of what we have of the nice weather everyone. See ya all soon, ummmm, unfortunately :P

A Trace of Snow for Another City and Brrrrr

First off as always Thanks to Kyle T and Joseph J. for your donations over the summer. Even though the snowiest US cities site is kind pretty much dead over the summer the your donations helped out paying the hosting bill. Thanks again and I truly appreciate them :)
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I think this is the coldest it’s been in a long time here in the Syracuse area. It’s currently 56 degrees as I type this and unfortunately the next several days aren’t looking a whole lot better :( Yeah, I’m that type of person that you just hate because I whine when it’s too hot or too cold. I will take this over the 90 degree weather most of the time though.

I just did a full update on all of the snowiest cities in the US with a population of 100,000 or more. Another city is showing a trace of snow this update. Billings, Montana is the latest to see some snowflakes falling. Looking at the snow stats they are currently behind their average snowfall for the season to date which for Billings is 0.2 tenths of an inch of snow. Fort Collins, Colorado is the only other city that I saw that should have some measurable snowfall by now which is only 1 tenth of an inch.

Three cities are now showing a trace of snowfall and keep in mind that even though I have them at the top, a trace doesn’t count as measurable snowfall. So in other words it’s a 51 way tie right now for first place. Ummm, If your glass is half empty then it’s a 51 way tie for last place ;) The 3 cities with a trace are Billings, MT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Fort Wayne Indiana which kind of surprises me. I have to admit it is kind of depressing typing about snow. It seems like summer just started a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully this will be a fun winter at the Golden Snow Globe and winter will fly right by…

Warning, Shameless Plug – For those of you that get into Halloween decorating I have you covered. I have a couple of Halloween inflatable blowup sites that are all updated with the newest Halloween Blowups. There are several new inflatables for your yard out this season and a few of them are pretty cool. Click Halloween Inflatables and Blowups to check them out and thanks…

Enjoy what’s left of summer all and hopefully there is plenty of warm weather still to come.

Christmas Inflatable Snow Globes Blowups

Some new and old Christmas snow globes for your yard. I know I am pushing it but I figured the site is snow globe that I would add some similar products to it. Not only that I figure I will get some of my other sites plugged during the down season and try to make a buck or two from my Halloween and Christmas inflatable blowups sites so bear with me ;)

Below are several old and new inflatable Christmas snow globes for your yard. There is one that is pretty cool and I personally have always loved the inflatables for outdoor decorations. They are easy to set up and look pretty good in the yard. So far I am only finding Christmas inflatable snow globe blowups but I’m sure some Halloween snowglobes inflatables will be popping up soon.

I guess there is a new disclosure law (go figure) that I have to let you all know that I make a commission on the sales. I have business relationships with most of the merchants I add here just to let you know. That said I do put a lot of time in trying to find the best Halloween and Christmas inflatables that are out there. I also combine several merchants that sell Halloween decorations and costumes so that you can compare prices. Also keep in mind that most of them offer coupons like spirit Halloween so make sure you concider that when buying an inflatable blowup. Walmart inflatables which I have are normally the cheapest but sometimes with the coupon you can get a better price elsewhere.  You can visit this link for all of the Halloween and Christmas Inflatable blowups or check out the Christmas Snow Globes below – http://www.halloweenblowups.com/category/new-halloween-blowups-2012/  I think the second inflatable snow globe is one of my favorites for this season :)

Inflatable Christmas Snow Globes

5' Airblown Inflatable Santa & Snowman Snowglobe Christmas Tree Lighted Yard Art

5′ Airblown Inflatable Santa & Snowman Snowglobe Christmas Tree Lighted Yard Art

5′ Airblown Inflatable Santa & Snowman Snowglobe Christmas Tree Lighted Yard Art

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Gemmy Christmas  Santa n Sleigh Snow Globe Inflatable Blowups

Gemmy Christmas Santa n Sleigh Snow Globe Inflatable Blowups

Gemmy Christmas Airblown(R) Inflatable Santa and Sleigh Snow Globe Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! The Gemmy Airblown Santa and Sleigh Snow Globe features a swirling snowy scene that sure to delight everyone this holiday season. Gemmy Airblown…

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Snow Globe Santa Hat- Santa w/Snowman Inflatable Blowups

Snow Globes Santa Hat- Santa w/Snowman Inflatable Blowups

Gemmy Holiday Airblown(R) Snow Globe with Santa Hat-Santa with Snowman All your neighbors and holiday guests will be delighted to watch the snow fall inside this inflatable snow globes featuring Santa and his snowman pal! Gemmy Airblown inflatables make…

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4' Airblown Inflatable Santa and Friends Snow Globe Lighted Christmas Yard Art

4′ Airblown Inflatable Santa and Friends Snow Globe Lighted Christmas Yard Art

4′ Airblown Inflatable Santa and Friends Snow Globe Lighted Christmas Yard Art

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5' Airblown Inflatable Santa Claus Snow Globe Lighted Christmas Yard Art Decor

5′ Airblown Inflatable Santa Claus Snow Globe Lighted Christmas Yard Art Decor

5′ Airblown Inflatable Santa Claus Snow Globes Lighted Christmas Yard Art Decor

Halloween Inflatables and New Yard Blow Ups

Halloween Inflatable Blowups and Cheap Halloween Costumes

The new Halloween inflatables and yard blowups for 2014 are just starting to come available. Unfortunately it’s that time of the year where I need to start working on my Halloween sites :( I have several of them including Halloween Inflatables for the yard and around a handful or two of Halloween costume sites. I hate to say it but even some of the Christmas inflatable are coming out now. Yeah I know, shhhh!

Believe it or not right now is one of the best times in the year to find some cheap Halloween costumes for toddlers, men, women and childrens costumes. Most of the merchants I deal with, who by the way do pay me a commission have great closeout deals on costumes and decorations for Halloween including the Halloween inflatable blowups. They are trying to get rid of the old stock to make room for the new 2014 costumes and decorations. I’ve seen sales of up to 70% off. The popular Toma Arma costumes at last check are on sale for 29.99 compared to almost 60.00.


Halloween Inflatables and Halloween Costumes For the Family


Anyways I did upload a bunch of products on my sites which include some new Halloween inflatables and blowups for your yard. There are always some cool new blow ups that come out each season. I also updated thousands of Halloween costumes the last week or two. Just click on any fo these links for costumes. Cheap mens costumes, womens costumes, boys costumes, girls Halloween costumes and costumes for toddlers. Oh, and I also updated my plus size costume site. I still have about another weeks work on them but they are getting there.

So if you are looking for some of the Halloween inflatable blowups for your yard I would appreciate it if you go through my sites. I am affiliated with several good merchants and it’s how I make my living when it isn’t snowing out :) I still have to pay the hosting every month for this site even though it is pretty much down for the summer so every little bit helps ;)

Have an awesome weekend everyone :)

Last Snow Udate Just Done, Happy Summer All

First off after the kind of winter a lot of us had let me say Happy Summer Everyone, you earned it :) Once again congrats to Erie for being the snow champs this/last season. Believe it or not the new season starts in about 10 days on July 1st. Ummmm, don’t even think of any updates though until probably sometime in October….

Yeah I know it’s the first day of summer, what am I thinking? Beats me! OK, really there was a reason why I did do a snow total update for all of the snowiest cities in the US. Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Every year I say that I am going to do a late update for a couple of reasons but I never do it. Once the warm weather hits the lights are pretty much shut off and the doors locked up here at the Golden Snow Globe website. Anyways one of the reasons is just to get one last update in after May to see if any of the cities have had any snow. There were a few of the cities that I did have to add snow to their totals, mainly the Colorado cities. One of the cities in Utah also had some more snow since the last update.

The other reason for doing an update this late is that the normal snowfall to date in the second column on the snow chart should also be what all of the cities receive on average for the total season. I know that those stats are out there somewhere but now if you go to the snow stats the average to date should also be what your city receives on average for the entire season. Enough about snow Huh!

I also wanted to wish all of you a Happy 1st Day of Summer :) It’s a beautiful day here in the Syracuse area with the temps in 70′s and best of all it’s not too humid. Hopefully it will be one of them hang by the pool (not mine :( ) and drink a Margarita or two kind of days. Hopefully it’s the same where you are but if you are in Arizona where my son who works for the border patrol is then I sort of pity you. 100 + degrees is a little too hot for me and don’t even tell me “but it’s a dry heat”. 100 degrees is 100 degrees and that is about 25 degrees hotter than I prefer it to be. JMO of course ;)

One last thing is that I’m curious if anyone has any ideas as to what to do with the website in the summer time? I was thinking of rain but I think it would be impossible to keep track and update all of the cities. There would be hundreds if not more plus it’s kind of depressing. Does anyone have any thoughts and if so please suggest them here in the comment section. Have a Safe, Awesome Summer Everyone :)

Congratulations Erie, Pa Snowiest Big City 2013 – 2014

A Big Thanks to John A. for your recent donation to the website and to all who have donated this season. They help out a lot. Thanks John, I truly appreciate it.

A Big Congratulations to all of you in Erie Pennsylvania on winning this seasons Golden Snow Globe contest. Erie, PA snowiest city in the US and King of the Snow Mountain :) This season was without a doubt one of the closest snow contests right till the end and was definitely the most fun that it has ever been which is what it’s all about. Erie, you do deserve it!  I made a few phone calls tonight to a couple of the National Weather Service stations and both of them felt it is safe enough to call a Wrap for the 2013 – 2014 snow season. I think that this late in the year and with Erie’s half a foot of snow lead I can agree with them. You might want to hold off on the victory shirts a little longer though just in case :)

I’m not quite convinced that we won’t see a snowflake or two but Erie, PA 138.4 inches of snow for the season and second place Syracuse has 132.0 inches of snow for the season. The National Weather Service thinks the 6 inch lead should be enough to say, It’s a Wrap and way to go Erie ;)

This season was no different than the others and the best part is getting to meet a lot of different people from across the United States. I’ve been in contact with more than normal this season whether it was by you leaving comments or sending emails. I had a blast and I can’t wait until next season. OK, that’s a lie and I can wait and look forward to some decent sunny weather now. A big Thanks to all of you who have left comments and sent emails and to all of you who would just stop by for a visit to check out the snow stats. A Big Thanks to those of you who took the time to make donations to the site. They helped out a lot and offset the costs of running the site. Thanks ;)

I received several comments and emails from some good folks in Erie who were getting a little nervous and with reason. I’m pretty sure that Erie held the lead for most of the season only to see Syracuse slip ahead of them toward the end of March, right around the 24th. I was thinking and being from Syracuse hoping that it was going to be a repeat of last season when Syracuse piled on a bunch of snow at the end to take the title as snowiest big city in the US. Nope, Erie wasn’t having any of that this season and actually piled on a few more inches of snow to cushion their lead toward the end. Even Captain Dan from the radio station www.wmce.fm  was getting chest pains, not from shoveling but from how close the snow contest was :)

No doubt all of you from Erie, PA deserve the bragging rights just don’t get too use to it because We’ll Be Back. By the way, that’s all you’re getting is bragging rights ;P OK, maybe a virtual pat on the back too ;) Seriously I have looked for hours and hours for a decent award but still haven’t found one I like. If you happen to find something cool that isn’t too expensive then let me know and I’ll check it out..

Here is a quick summary of how the season went and to The Big J show and McLovin at HOT 101.9 in Billings Montana I’ll keep my offer going even though the contest is over ;)

10/22/13 – I finally take a look to see if any of the cities have any snow. Lakewood Colorado starts the 2013 – 2014 snow season off showing 3 inches of snow. There were some lead changes and Sioux Falls, SD and Anchorage, AK held the lead at one point.

11/26/13 – Rochester, NY grabs the lead for a short time.

11/30/13 – Erie, PA jumps to the top of the snow mountain but will be pushed off the top just a few days later.

12/3/13 – Billings Montana trips Erie and they fall down the snow mountain and Billings takes the top spot. Billing held the lead most of the period between 12/3 and 12/15

12/15/13 – Erie, PA says enough of this back and forth stuff and blows into the lead once again and wasn’t going to let go of it or so they thought. This was the longest that a city had held on to the top spot.

2/11/14 – Erie still hasn’t given up the top spot. They were starting to design what they wanted their crown to look like. Erie leads Syracuse, NY by more than 2 feet of snow now. Grand Rapids held the number 2 spot on the mountain for a good part of February.

3/21/14 – Finally a city stepped up to challenge Erie for the lead. It wasn’t enough though and when the snow stopped falling it was Erie and Syracuse in a dead tie.

3/23/14 – Mother Nature sneezed over Erie and they were in the lead by just 0.3 inches. Nope, not over quite yet.

3/24/13 – God Bless you Mother Nature except this time the sneeze was over Syracuse. Syracuse slips past Erie by only 0.2 of an inch and claims the top spot. Who cares after that? Joking ;)

3/26/14 = Erie skates past Syracuse and holds a 2 inch lead over Syracuse. Erie continues to work on the crown design. Erie would hold on to the lead for the rest of the season.

5/1/14 – Erie Pennsylvania, The NEW King of The Snow Mountain!!! Congrats again to all of you from Erie! You do deserve the hard earned bragging rights as being the snowiest Big city in the US :)

I’ll probably do one last update sometime in the next week or so. A Big Thanks to Stephen for his help on the website. A Big thanks to those who made donations and again, a Big Thanks to All of You for making this snow season a lot of fun. Also a Big thanks to all of the media who covered the snow contest throughout the season.

Have a Safe, Awesome Summer Everyone, Patrick and Stephen :)

Things Could Get Interesting, Is It Snowing There

I can’t honestly say I am looking forward to a 50 plus degree drop in temperatures in the next 24 hours give or take but it is what it is.  I guess if the cold front that is coming through has to happen then hey, it may as well drop half a foot of snow on Syracuse, NY :)

Just a quick post to ask that you leave a comment in THIS post to keep us updated.  I also put some blocks on some comments to stop all of the spamming I get here so if you can’t post please let me know through the contact page.

Let us know if you have some time if it’s snowing in your neck of the woods.  Erie, PA still holds a good lead over Syracuse and Buffalo but the next day or two could make the contest a little more interesting than it is right now.  What a difference a day makes in the northeast!

Have a Great Day All ;)

When Does The National Snow Contest End

There are two things that have scared me since day one of starting up the National snow contest. One, am I missing a big city that gets a ton of snow and two, am I calling the contest too soon?

The reason I worry about the second, when to wrap up the snow contest is because with my luck one of the cities will get some fluke snow storm in May or June. If the snow contest isn’t close I don’t worry so much but when it is close I tend to stress a little over it. The main reason is because the chances are good that some of the news media will be reporting it and I can see me calling the winner, the news reporting it and then another city goes ahead a week later:(

OK, so when does the contest get called? I’m hoping sometime at the beginning of May depending on what the long term forecast looks like. I think the longest we have gone is May 15th and the reason was because the Colorado cities were making a last minute charge up the snow mountain. This season they are way toward the bottom of the mountain so I don’t see that happening this season. Right now for this time in the season Erie, PA is looking pretty good with their lead of 5.5 inches over the next best and last seasons snow champion Syracuse. I don’t believe any of the cities on top of the snow mountain average that much snow for May so the beginning of May is looking good right now.

Those of you that follow the snow contest on Twitter will be one of the first to know when I call it so if you don’t follow you may want to. Our local paper in Syracuse and Erie, PA Life on Facebook will also be the first to know. Both have been awesome to the snow contest and it’s appreciated. Let’s just hope I don’t blow it :( Erie has held the lead most of the season and I will feel bad if Syracuse goes ahead at the last minute. I’ll fell bad but I’ll get over it. Hey, I’m from Syracuse ;) Good Luck to Both and let’s not forget Buffalo, NY!

The reason I worry about the first is because I don’t list all of the big cities that get snow for the fact that it would take too long to get updates in. I know there are some cities in probably in the Carolina’s that have gotten snow and others around the country but during a normal season it will never be enough to compete with the big snow makers. This season was anything but a normal snow season with many cities breaking all time records. Cities like Billings, Montana who had the most snow ever since records have been kept and there are several others that have had the same kind of season. Seasons like this get me a little nervous ;)

Important – I have been spending hours upon hours dealing with spam comments to the website. This is something I deal with every day of the year including all through summer. I just added a plugin that should hopefully help but I am a little worried that some legitimate comments from those of you that post may be blocked also. If that happens please let me know by contacting me through the contact page so I can make some adjustments. Hopefully you won’t have any problems and that this saves me hours of browsing through all of the spam that I get here.

A BIG Thanks to Carol G. for her donation that we received. Last month I was overwhelmed by the support the site received from a lot of you. Last month alone was more than the site has received in total since we started it a few years back. It’s nice to see the appreciation carrying over into this month and Thank You again to all of you and Thanks again Carol, I truly appreciate it :)

Have a Great Day Everyone :)