What is the Golden Snow Globe Contest your probably asking yourself. Beats me! OK, I do know and I’m going to try and explain it in the briefest way possible. Many moons and snowfalls ago some meteorologists in Rochester started thinking how it would be fun to see which of the bigger cities in Upstate – Central New York gets the most snow each year. They started up a little contest between some of the cities in NY and called it the Golden Snowball Award.
From all the research I came to the conclusion that the cities in the snow contest were Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Binghamton. The contest started sometime in the late 1970′s and ended in the mid 1990′s when the Rochester station closed up shop. After several years went by the contest was mentioned again and I just happen to read about it. Hence goldensnowball.com was born to start up the resurrection of the contest once again. You can read more about that contest at http://goldensnowball.com/about-the-contest.htm . So much for brief so far huh?
Year after year since I started keeping the stats for the GSB contest I’ve been asked by many people and visitors to the site why I don’t do a global or national snow contest to see which big city (pop 100,000) gets the most snow each season. I’ve always like the idea of a national snow contest and even global. The biggest problem is the time it will be taking each day to gather all the snow stats for all of the cities and whether I could handle it. Well I guess it’s time to say GAME ON! Just give me a bit of time before the site really comes together and to find all of the city stats I need to find. So far I have about 40 hours into the new Golden Snow Globe contest and not a whole lot to show for it as you can see
Here are the plans and most likely they will be changing more than a newborn baby’s diaper. All cities in the US with a population over 100,000 are in it. Obviously we’re not going to pay a whole lot of attention to states like Florida and the likes. Nothing against you Floridians I just don’t see ya’s winning. We will be spending most of our time trying to gather the stats for the cities with a pop of 100,000 that normally receive quite a bit of snow. Cities like Denver, Erie, PA, Syracuse, Buffalo New York and the likes. Don’t worry though because if your city happens to have some kind of freak snow season your in it no matter what.
We still have some rules to set for the new snowiest city in the United States and your input isn’t only welcome but we encourage it. I think one of the hardest rules to set is the time frame. I don’t think the start date will be a problem it’s the end date that may be. The start date will be the first snowfall of the season. If it happens in July so be it. The problem with the end date is that some of the cities go on and on. So do we decide on the contest being the snowiest city up until a certain date or the snowiest city until it stops snowing. Any thoughts? That’s just one thing to think about. Another will be that all of the snow stats should be official. To me the only official snow stats are from NOAA, the national weather service. Could be a problem if NOAA doesn’t have a station for certain cities.
OK, enough said and I’m sure this contest will all come together and it should be a lot of fun competing for the snowiest city in the US title. More to come and Let The Games Begin! Click Here for the 2009 – 2010 Snowiest US city Results!