All posts for the month May, 2013

Congratulations Syracuse, NY, the new King of the Snow Mountain…  Here it is 90 degrees in Syracuse, New York and I’m finally calling the snow contest a wrap.  Syracuse has regained the title of snowiest big city in the country (pop 100,000) once again.  After last seasons embarrassing finish of 7th place with just 50.6 inches and being blown away by last years snow champ Anchorage, Alaska who had a snow total of 134.5 Syracuse managed to pull off a very close snow race between several cities this season.  For the 2012 – 2013 snow season Syracuse was able to win with a total of 115.4 inches, even though being just shy of their average snowfall of around 123.8 inches.

Some of the tough competition came from Erie, Pa, Worcester, MA, Anchorage and a strong finish by Lakewood, Colorado.  The Colorado cities got off to a slow start but were one of the reasons the snow contest went this late in the season.  For some reason this season just didn’t want to end and Lakewood, CO ended up jumping from #18 on the list to #5.  To be honest with the late snowfall this season even  now I feel a little uncomfortable calling it.  15 of the cities in the contest had some measurable snow in May and several others had at least a trace.

Syracuse was lucky that they were able to pick up something like 12 inches of snow in April that managed to miss Erie, PA and Worcester, MA to pull off a come from behind King of the Snow Mountain victory.  Several times toward the end it looked like either Erie or Worcester were going to take the crown.  I thought this season was one of the most fun ones to date because of the different lead changes right to the end.  Great job to both Worcester and Erie and I have a feeling they will be in the running again come next season.

I think normally I call the contest around May 15th when it seems like the snow is done for the season in cities in Colorado, Nebraska and a couple others.  This season I was watching the Colorado cities slowly move up the line-up and was too big of a sissy man to call it too early.  Hey, it’s been a whacky snow season when a lot of cities are still getting snow in May.  Not unheard of but I’m sure a few of them may have set a record for latest snow received.  Fort Collins picked up 12.9 inches of snow in May.  Below are some of the other Golden Snow Globe cities that pick up measurable snow in May.

Fort Collins, CO — 12.9 inches in May
Lakewood, CO —-  8.0
Des Moines, Iowa – 6.9
Denver, Colorado – 3.4
Omaha, Nebraska – 3.1
Lincoln, Nebraska – 2.7
Independence, Mo – 2.0
Colorado Springs — 1.8
Sioux Falls, SD — 1.5
Springfield, Mo —- 1.4
Anchorage, AK —- 1.3
Saint. Paul, MN — 0.6
Pueblo, CO —— 0.6
Kansas City, MO – 0.5
Minneapolis, MN – 0.5

That about sums it up for a fun 2012 – 2013 snow season and like I said it was a fun one.  We got to meet a lot of new people from different cities in the contest.  The season went right down until the end which made it even more fun.  I’ll be popping in every now and then throughout the summer to see what’s going on.  We hope all of you have a safe and fun filled Summer with what ever kind of weather it is you like.  Me, I’ll take 70 and sunny.  Have a great one All!

I think I’ve made you all wait long enough now. There are a few announcements at the end of this post, but we’ll get to the results first. As always, the sleepers are in italics. This month Pat used his 2 sleeper option so he has 6 starters.

GSG Fantasy Snowfall 2013 April Update
Pat Steve
64.35 47.95
Starters (Full Credit)
Fort Collins, CO 29.4 Denver, CO 20.4
Green Bay, WI 7.8 Des Moines, IA 0.0
St. Paul, MN 17.0 Madison, WI 0.3
Worcester, MA 0.0 Minneapolis, MN 17.9
Newark, NJ 0.0 Boston, MA 0.0
Pueblo, CO 3.5
Total 57.7 Total 38.6
Bench (Half Credit)
Buffalo, NY 0.3 Anchorage, AK 16.0
Erie, PA 1.0 Cleveland, OH 0.3
Spokane, WA 0.0 Rochester, NY 2.3
Syracuse, NY 12.0 Salt Lake City, UT 0.1
South Bend, IN 0.0
Total 6.65 Total 9.35

Pat takes April! But, was is enough to take this year’s title?

GSG Fantasy Snowfall 2013 Standings
Teams January February March April Total
Pat 80.25 166.00 108.05 64.35 418.65
Steve 84.55 174.30 106.50 47.95 413.30

It was, by 5.35 inches! In a season in which seemingly big leads were overcome monthly, it is rather fitting that the final big lead was overcome as well. Congratulations Pat, you’ve won GSG Fantasy Snowfall 2013! There’s a little donation waiting for you. Those 2 statements may or may not be related to each other. :)


Now for the announcements.

First off, we are excited to bring Fantasy Snowfall back for next season. It will once again, be a four month event, but the timing will be altered. Next season will run from December 1st through March 31st. So the draft will be held in mid to late November.

Secondly, I will not be a participant next season. I will still be involved with Fantasy Snowfall as an administrative role, updating the stats, running the draft and so forth. But in interest of fairness, I should not be a participant for as long as we continue Fantasy Snowfall. So that means we’ll need someone to take my spot in the contest. We have a possibility out there, but we’ll wait for next season to see how that pans out before making an announcement.

Third, we are going to expand the contest to 4 participants. How we get those other 2 people is yet to be determined. However, we may very well end up making it open to the public. If you would like to participate in next year’s event, leave a comment! We’ll keep you in mind for next year’s contest. :)

And finally, this is not Fantasy Snowfall related at all, but I thought I’d give it a brief mention while there’s some interest in the site this season. So, it’s some shameless self promotion. :) I will be participating in a video game event in early November, called Extra Life. Proceeds from my page are going to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. While the event is almost 6 months away, donations are being accepted right now. Click here for more information. Thank you everyone! :)

Thanks to all who have checked out Fantasy Snowfall 2013 and we’re looking forward to next season! Well…maybe we’ll enjoy warmer weather first.