How Lowell, Ma Moved into 1st in National Snow Contest

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I had a chance this weekend to talk to Kim Buttrick who is the person in charge of the CoOps at the Boston NWS office about Lowell, Ma’s snow stats. The obvious question was why did Lowell’s snow totals rise a couple of inches and to find out if it was was I thought, an adjustment or correction from a previous date.

I’ve talked to Kim a couple of times and she is such a nice person and really takes the time to clarify things for me. This time she went over all of the data that was reported along with explaining to me how it works as far as getting reports from Lowell which explained a lot ;)

Kim told me that the person that takes the measurements for Lowell, MA which are recorded at the Water Treatment Plant there will punch in the numbers each day using the phone. There are times when mistakes are made punching in the snow data and that is why they also fill out a manual form so that they have a hard copy of it also.

Kim then compares the data that was punched in by phone with the hard copy form that she receives each month with the written snow totals. She then makes any corrections or adjustment that need to be made. I see several NWS Offices making adjustments for several cities throughout the season and always have since I have been keeping the snow totals for the cities. Obviously the reason this one stands out so much is because the correction put Lowell in the lead. There is no conspiracy going on by the NWS and I can assure you they have no interest in the snow contest or the outcome of it ;)

Kim told me that there were a few corrections throughout the season for Lowell but the two that made the difference were what I posted below. March 22nd a correction was made and 1.5 inches of snow was added. Another was made on March 29th where 0.5 inches was added to Lowell’s snow totals. The math adds up giving Lowell the 2 new inches of snow which put them in the lead as of my last update.

A Big Thank You Kim for helping us out and explaining how things work with the NWS and also for taking the time to do so. Thanks Kim :)

OK, now that the controversy is cleared up it’s time to talk about when the snow contest ends. Normally I will call it a wrap by now but with the lead only half an inch I don’t feel comfortable calling it yet. IMO the chances are pretty good that the snowfall is over for Lowell, Worcester and Syracuse but I think I am going to ride it out a little longer. It’s been a pretty funky snow season for a lot of cities and I want to make sure the funkiness is over ;) For now Lowell is in the lead and stay tuned for any update or maybe even some more adjustments ;)

Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Buh Bye Worcester and Syracuse, Lowell, Ma Leads Snow Contest

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Congrats to Lowell, Massachusetts on taking the lead in the National snow contest. Yup, you read it right and Lowell is the new leader right now in the 2014-2015 Golden Snow Globe snowiest Big city in the US contest.

Contrary to what you may have read in a few articles, the snow contest goes on like it or not until the last snow flake falls :) . Yes, the National snow contest is still going on and while you all have been enjoying the warm weather I am still sitting at the computer crunching numbers. OK, not really and I am enjoying the nice weather but I do check the snow stats every now and then.

I’ve have been checking the snow stats every now and then and for whatever reason had a feeling that Lowell was going to have some kind of adjustment to their snow totals. This happens with a lot of the cities throughout the snow season and adjustments were made a few times this season with Lowell, Ma.. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been snowing there so no doubt adjustments were made.

I took a look back to see if I could tell when the adjustments were made. The best I could come up with is that perhaps snow was added for the dates of March 22nd and March 29th. On March 22nd Lowell shows 1.5 inches of snow and on March 29th there is 0.5 inches being reported. Tha would add up to the 2.0 inches of new snow that must have been added to Lowell’s snow totals.

Syracuse, NY and Worcester, Ma were in a tie for the top spot in the snow contest up until this last update. I don’t think Syracuse and Worcester natives are going to be happy campers getting bumped down a spot after camping out on top of the snow mountain together since around April 24th.

Frost is on the forecast for tonight in parts of the North East and it will be interesting to see if any of the cities can throw in some snow while it’s that cold. Hard to believe that some of the cities are going from 80+-degree weather to maybe below freezing in a matter of a day or two.

Will there be anymore adjustment or snow falling? Stay Tuned, The Snow Contest Lives and Congrats to Lowell on Taking the Lead ;)

It’s Official, Syracuse In 1st Place In National Snow Contest, BUTTT!

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Syracuse and Worcester Share Top Spot in National Snow Contest

It’s official according to the National Weather Service as of yesterday’s snow stats we have a tie between Worcester, Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York. As of Right now the score is 119.7 to 119.7 :)

So for Now, Congrats to Syracuse on playing catch up and getting just enough snow to move to the top of the Golden Snow Globe mountain. Worcester has held the top spot alone for quite some time now. Let’s hope that Worcester is happy to have some company (Not) and that both of you can play nice together.

I’m guessing that both Syracuse and Worcester are still making snowballs in hopes of at least one more snowball fight to see which city can claim the bragging rights as the snowiest Big city (pop of 100,000) in the United States.
Don’t forget about Lowell, MA either because it won’t take a whole lot of snow for them to sneak past both Syracuse and Worcester.

Good Luck and Stay Tuned ;)

Worcester Holds On By a Tenth of an Inch Over Syracuse

Updated 4/24 5:30 PM – The new snow stats just came out for Syracuse and it looks like….. Maybe I’ll just leave it at that to keep everyone in suspense ;) OK, that would be mean! Worcester holds on for now and can keep camping out at the top of the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain. For now anyways ;)

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Updated 4/24 1:00 PM – WTG Worcester on defending the top on the snow mountain yesterday. Worcester was able to hold off Syracuse, NY’s late season charge and still holds on to a 0.1 inch lead. Yup, just one tenth of an inch separates the two cities now in the Golden Snow Globe contest.

I’m hearing reports that Mother Nature sneezed over Syracuse a couple of times during the early morning hours so the next update will be really interesting. Will there be a new King of the Snow Mountain or can Worcester hold on to the top spot until the end of the snow season whenever that may be ;) I have a feeling that Syracuse may have gotten just enough snow to either take the lead or perhaps maybe even a tie which I think would be pretty cool :)

No doubt this has been the most exciting season since the National snow contest started up several seasons back. Stay Tuned for an update when the National Weather Service posts the new snow stats for today :)

Updated 4/23 5:20 PM - Syracuse is reporting 0.5 inches of new snow for a new total of 119.6 as of 5:00 PM. Worcester holds on for now by only one-tenth of an inch… STAY TUNED and YES I am loving this :)

Looking at the radar over the Syracuse area it looks like Lake Ontario is still putting out as I type..
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We are just minutes away from finding out if Syracuse has melted away some of Worcester, MA’s lead. I know the anticipation is killing the folks in Worcester and Syracuse right now, myself included as we wait for the National Weather Service to update the new snow stats on their site. It has been snowing in Syracuse but was/is it enough to catch up to Worcester, MA or maybe even take the lead. Stay tuned because as soon as they come out I will be posting them right here.

Worcester had a slim lead over Syracuse, New York of just 6 tenths of an inch as of the end of yesterday, 4/22/2015. I’m seeing a couple of different new totals for Syracuse right now so as always I am going to be on the safe side and wait until the NWS posts the new totals on their website.

No new snow was being reported for Syracuse for yesterday so this next update which will be coming out in about half an hour will include any snow that fell after midnight and normally includes any snow that has fallen up until around 4:00 – 5:00 PM. I’m pretty sure that Worcester, Ma has no new snow to report for the fact that the good folks from Worcester that are in our FaceBook snow group seem to be a little anxious to see what Syracuse has to report this next update. Fell free to join the group, the conversation and the fun in our group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/861746940543642/

April Average Snowfall and Record Snowfall for Top Snowiest Cities

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OK, I thought with the snow contest being this close that it would be interesting to see how an average (no such thing as average ;) ) April is for the Top 7 cities in the snow contest this season.

Below is how April normally plays out for the cities listed including what the record snowfall is for April and the season that it happened. I went with the current Top 7 snowiest big cities in the country as of 4/2/2015.

I was a little surprised to see that Rochester, New York on average receives the most snow in April out of the cities listed below. I was also surprised to see that Rochester and Boston have the highest snowfall for April in the past seasons. With the National snow contest this close, it will be fun to see how April plays out :)

All of the stats are from the National Weather Service. The dates next to the city name is the date that the NWS started keeping records for that city I believe.

April Average Snowfall and Record snowfall for Top 7 Cities

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Worcester, MA – 1891 – 1892
Average – 2.9
Max – 21.0 – 1987
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Syracuse, NY – 1901 – 1902
Average 3.5
Max 16.4 – 1983
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Lowell, MA – 1888 – 1889 (Lots of seasons missing)
Average – 1.7
Max – 19.2 – 1997
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Buffalo, NY – 1884 – 1885
Average – 2.9
Max – 15.0 1975
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Boston, MA – 1890 – 1891
Average – 1.3
Max – 22.4 – 1997
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Erie, PA – 1892 – 1893
Average – 2.7
Max – 19.3 – 1901
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Rochester, NY – 1870 – 1871
Average – 3.8
Max – 25.1 – 1874
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Have an Awesome Easter Weekend Everyone :)

Worcester, MA Snows Past Syracuse, NY to Lead National Snow Contest

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Worcester, MA picked up another 2.4 inches of new snow yesterday to slip past Syracuse, NY and Lowell, MA to move into the #1 spot on the snow mountain. WTG Worcester ;)

Worcester is now blowing away Syracuse by 0.1 of an inch of snow. OK, blowing away may be a bit strong but I am impressed at how close the 2014-2015 snow race is right now and every tenth of an inch matters right now. Here we are just a couple of days away from April and there are still plenty of cities still getting snow across the country.

Every snowflake counts right now because sooner or later (later :( ) the warm air has to move into the U.S. and stay for good. Right now, less than an inch of snow separates the Top 3 cities in the snow contest which are Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York.

In my opinion, there are at least 5 cities still in the running for the National Snow King title for snowiest Big cities and perhaps even 7 cities depending on how the next several days play out. Syracuse has been pretty quiet the last few days while a few of the other cities have been slowly adding to their totals. Buffalo has been closing the gap on Syracuse which could play out big time in the NY Golden Snowball snow contest.

Stay Tuned because this snow race is far from being over. I just hope I am not counting snowflakes til the end of June ;) Have a Great Day All…

Hello Spring and Don’t Let The Door Hit You on The Way Out Winter

Just a quick post to say:


Happy Spring Everyone :)

spring 2015 is at 6:45 March 20 th

We all made it through the Winter. Well at least through the season. No doubt more snow is/will be falling but it won’t be long before the grass is green and the flowers are blooming. Happy Spring ;)

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Have a Great Sunny and Warm Spring Everyone!

Breaking – Syracuse, NY Current Snowiest Big City in United States

Syracuse, NY has taken over the top spot on the snow mountain and is now the snowiest Big city (pop – 100,000 or more)in the Country. The question now is seeing how the national snow contest is so close can Syracuse hold on to it? WTG Syracuse :)

Syracuse managed to just slip past Worcester, MA to take over the top spot but the snow contest is really close with at least a handful of cities still in the running for the bragging rights of snowiest big city in the country.

I’ll have to look back but I believe this is the first time that Syracuse has been able to climb all the way to the top of the snow mountain. Grand Rapids held on to the number 1 spot for a good part of the snow season. Erie, PA managed to reach the peak and held on to the lead for quite awhile until a snowball fight broke out between Worcester and Lowell, MA. Those two cities went back and forth at the top for a little while before Worcester managed to take control of the throne at the top of the mountain ;)

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Syracuse got a slow start to the 2014-2015 snow season and has been slowing inching their way to the top since around February. I have a feeling that we will still be seeing several more lead changes before one of the cities gets enough of a snow cushion to ride it out on the top of the mountain until the warm weather settles in for good. That should be sometime around June ;) Stay Tuned for another update later in the day!

Boston Sets All Time Seasonal Snow Record

Breaking news all over the place but unfortunately so far some of it’s unofficial. I’m still waiting for the Boston NWS to put out some new snow totals for Boston, Worcester and Lowell. I think it’s safe to say that Boston, Massachusetts broke their all-time seasonal snow record today though :)

The Boston National Weather Service did put out a graphic which I think we can count as official :)

Boston broke the old snowiest season on record of 107.6 inches of snowfall set back in the 1995-1996 snow season. The new record according to the NWS in Boston is now currently at 108.6 inches set just a little while ago today, 3/15/2015 for the 2014-2015 snow season. WTG BOSTON :)

Boston, MA Breaks Snowiest season record 2014-2015

Stay Tunedfor More Breaking News and again CONGRATULATIONS BOSTON!!!

Worcester Back on Top, Erie, PA Joins The 100 Inches of Snow Club

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Updated 3/2/15 - According to the National Weather Service’s last update Worcester, Massachusetts has once again taken the top of the snow mountain away from Lowell, MA. Both cities have been having their own little snowball fight and it looks like Worcester came out on top this round.

I think it’s time for a couple of the other cities to start playing at the top of the mountain. It will take less than 4 inches for Syracuse to take the top spot in the snowiest Big city snow contest and they are sitting in 3rd place right now.

Less than 10 inches separate the Top 6 cities right now and we all know that is just a storms throw away for any of the cities moving into the number 1 spot. Snow is in the forecast for a lot of the ities this week so you know it is going to be a interesting and better yet a fun week ahead. Have a great day and look for another update later in the day :)

3/1 - I can finally say to last seasons snow champs Welcome to The 100 Inch Club Erie, Pennsylvania :) Erie has been hanging at the 99 inch mark for a few days now but finally managed to pick up enough snow to join the club. It gets even better for Erie, you just slipped past Boston, MA to move into the number 5 slot on the snow mountain. WTG Erie and keep it snowing ;)

We now have 6 Big cities (pop of 100,000 or more) in the 100 inches of snow club which are Lowell, Boston and Worcester, MA, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY and now Erie, PA. It’s a close snow race and any of those cities have a shot at winning the National snow contest this season. Let’s see if a few of the other cities can also make a comeback before the snowflakes stop falling. Of course that could be sometime in May the way the 2nd half of the season has been playing out :)

A lot of the cities in the snow contest added new snow to their totals today and it’s still snowing in a lot of them still. Tomorrow should be interesting and I have a feeling the Top 5 may change again. Stay tuned and welcome to the club Erie, it’s about time you decided to start playing again…

Have an Awesome Night Everyone and be careful out there…