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First, a Big Thank You Cherie B. for your donation.  As always I deeply appreciate you taking the time :)
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Updated 1/1/2015 7 PM – Congrats to Grand Rapids, Michigan for ending 2014 as the King of the Snow Mountain and starting the new year, 2015 with the lead ;)

Grand Rapids has been quiet just like most of the other cities lately but when they see another city trying to sneak up on them they find a way to get Mother Nature to sneeze over them and give them just enough snow to stay in the lead. I thought Buffalo was going to take the top spot but Grand Rapids managed to get just enough snowflakes. The same pretty much goes for Buffalo and Erie, Pa protecting their spots on the snow mountain. They both keep getting just enough to fend off any snowball attacks. Loving how close the race is so far and some of the lower cities are also sneaking up a little at a time. Stay Tuned ;)
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I just wanted to say Thanks to all of you, both new to the snow site and to those of you who visit our fun snow contest season after season. Obviously if it wasn’t for you the National Snowiest Big City Contest wouldn’t be any fun. I would also like to Thank the media who continues to have fun with the snow contest year after year and help spread the word around about it. A Big Thanks to All of you for the fun, the comments, the emails and the donations. It keeps it fun and helps pass the winter months by.

We have also had several donations to the snow site through the years that help out a lot with expenses and they also offset the time that is put into the website. So far this season I figure close to 250 hours have been put into keeping the site updated. It does pull me away from my livelihood websites a little but believe me it’s a nice break and something I really love doing BTW and love seeing the new snow stats just as much as most of you do. Words can’t express how much I appreciate those of you for taking the time to make donations to the site. No this isn’t a solicitation, just a big Thanks ;)

Below are a few statistic that I found interesting in watching the National snow site grow. Keep in mind that these stats are for the entire year and not for the snow seasons.  Also keep in mind that this was one of the slowest Decembers in awhile and if it was like last season we may have hit close to a quarter of a million visitors this year :)

Year          Unique Visitors            Total Visitors        Visitors Page Views
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2011                13,384                        20,101                      58,758
2012                51,916                        78,722                    227,728
2013              214,338                      327,234                    644,188
2014              379,395                      634,557               1,427,4944

The media has also played a Huge part in getting word out to people that have never even heard of the national snow contest, The Golden Snow Globe so a Big Thanks to all of you. There are too many to name (OK, Remember :( ) but there have been many articles since the snowiest big city in the US contest started back in the 2009 – 2010 season. Some of the papers and sites that come to mind are Syracuse.com and the Post Standard in Syracuse, The media from both Erie and Buffalo, Erie, Pa Life on Facebook, cnycentral.com and Mike Brookins, The Washington Post, USA Today and many others. A few of the radio stations including WMCE.FM, 88.5 in Erie thanks to Captain Dan Geary and that wild and crazy guy in Billings, Montana on The Big J Show ;) There are so many more that I will have to look up and Thanks.

The last I looked the most visitors last year (season) came from Erie, Pa and I am happy that a lot of you from Erie and posted comments and I was able to make some online friends from Erie and all across the country :) Of course something about Erie holding the lead and winning last season could have something to do with that stat ;) One thing that I noticed last month if the stats were right was that The Golden Snow Globe website was ranked in the top 1000 websites visited by residents of Erie, Pa. I think with something like over half a billion sites online that was pretty cool and WTG Erie

Syracuse was second in the amount of visitors that visited the National Snow site thanks to the articles put out by Sean Kirst, Glenn Coin from Syracuse.com and the Post and also a big thanks to CNYCentral.com in Syracuse. I believe my good friends to the west of me Buffalo had the third most visitors to the site. Tens of thousand of visitors from across the United States and also from service people stationed in other countries checking to see how their home towns are doing in the winter.

I’ll be tweaking this post to add more of the media that have helped make this a fun, successful site in the near future…

Thanks again everyone and Have a Super Happy New Year which is hopefully filled with plenty of snow ;)

While the top 5 snowiest cities in the United States were sleeping it was a good time for a lot of the other cities to make a move ;) The top 5 are Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erie, Pa, Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana.

Nah, didn’t happen and only 2 cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest moved up this last update. All of the snowy cities are taking a little break but I see that snow is in the forecast for some of the cities so that could change. Grand Rapids continues to hold on to the lead by just a little more than a handful of snow over second place Erie, Pa and last seasons snow champs.

Grand Rapids has held the lead I believe since they pushed Erie, Pa off the top of the snow mountain right around November 17th give or take a day ;) Erie, Pa slipped into the lead although a short lived lead around November 15th taking the top spot from South Bend, Indiana.

It was pretty unusual to see some of the cities over a foot of snow that early in the season. Erie missed out on some decent lake effect snow that was suppose to hit them a few weeks back otherwise they would probably have a decent lead on a lot of us. Grand Rapids has had steady snowfall for the last few weeks keeping them on the top of the snow mountain. Keep it going Grand Rapids because a lot of cities will be trying to push you down the mountain sometime soon ;)

Have a Great Night Everyone :)

First as always I wanted to say Thanks to Jennifer T. for taking the time to make a donation to the site. I’m sure money is tight this time of the year with the holidays upon us. Thank You Jennifer, I do really appreciate it :)
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Updated 8 PM - All of the cities were just updated. Unfortunately there were quite a few not reporting the new snowfall from the storm. There was quite a bit of shuffling and a couple of the cities finally managed to get on the snow board such as Baltimore, MD. I’m guessing there will be a lot more shuffling around come the next update.

3 of the cities so far have set a date record for snowfall even though it wasn’t a lot fo snow being reported. Allentown, Pa set a date record with 3.1 inches so far breaking the old record of 1.7 inches set way back in 1925. Newark, NJ set a date record for snowfall with 1.4 inches beating the old record of 9.1 set in 1955 and Hartford, CT broke theirs with 1.3 inches beating the old record of 0.4 set in 1985.

The biggest mover this update which had nothing to do with the Nor’easter was Madison, Wisconsin who jumped up 19 spots on the snow mountain from being in 29th place to the number 10 slot now. WTG Madison ;) Stay Tuned!

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Update 5 PM - I am starting an update with the new storm snow stats. Should be out in a bit ;)

OK, it looks like it’s going to be an interesting 24 hours or so as far as this snow storm on the East coast goes. It also looks like it may be a chance for some of the cities to catch up a little bit. I don’t think we will see any big snow totals like what we saw in the towns around the Buffalo area but I’m guessing there will be some changes in the top 10 after this first Nor’easter of the season goes through.

Is it snowing where YOU are? Drop a comment here if you have some time and let us know what it’s doing in your neck of the woods.

A couple of pictures from a friend in Milford, Pa from the Snow Storm

Grand Rapids remains the king of the snow mountain still and looks to be safe for now anyways. Erie is only a couple of ropes away from them though and remember, they still have the bragging rights from being crowned snow champs last season. I saw a clip of some snow falling in Billing, Montana earlier and they are way overdue to start making a move. Then again I keep forgetting it’s only November because of all of the snowfall that has fallen already this soon in the season for some of the snowiest cities in the US.

This could be a chance for cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Worcester, Maybe New York City, Baltimore and Washington DC to get their snow season going. I think, and remember I am always clueless, that it’s going to all come down to the temperatures for the cities south of DC. Below are a couple of radars of what it looked like before I went to bed last night/this morning ;) Just click on either one and it will bring you to the live radar and to the National Weather Service site for the most recent updates. Please drive careful in this Thanksgiving Eve Day snow storm if you are traveling. No doubt the highways and roads will be nasty toward the north.

The storm seems to be moving a little closer to my hometown Syracuse but I don’t think they are going to have more than a few inches unless it shifts inland more. Right now I am visiting my Grandson Corbin in North Carolina and it’s been nothing but heavy rain off and on for about the last 12 hours or so. It looks like that may finally be coming to an end :)


Just Click on The Radar and Then Click on Your Area


National Weather Service Map of Current Storm Conditions


US Map Nor'easter Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day 11-26-2014 East Coast

Have an Awesome Day All :)

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!

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

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…

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

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 :)

Updated 3/30 6 PM - Looks like all of the totals are in from this last blast of snow. The snowfall totals from the storm below were updated from earlier.

So here is the lowdown on the top 3 cities right now. Erie leads Syracuse by 5.5 inches and leads Buffalo by 8.4 inches. Still a 3 way race ;)

Syracuse’s lead over Buffalo, NY has been melted down to just 2.9 inches now. Man is it close and stay tuned!
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3/30 3 PM - Erie, PA, Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY all got some snow and a decent amount of it for this time in the season. So far nothing is being reported for 2nd place Syracuse. I know, there is still more snow to add to the snow totals and I’ll get a top 10 update in later on when The National Weather Service comes out with the next update. Here is what they are reporting total from this last blast of snowfall.

Erie, PA – 4.0 inches
Buffalo, NY – 5.6 inches
Rochester, NY – 8.6 inches
Cleveland – 5 inches (Broke into top 10)
Syracuse, NY – Notta, Null, Zip, Zero, 0.00 – They must have forgotten to measure the snow before the airplanes took off :(

A couple of things stand out from this last blast other than Erie adding to the lead that is. Buffalo is definitely in striking distance now of taking over 2nd place and perhaps even storming to the top to take the grand prize. Oh yeah, the grand prize of a virtual trophy or something plus a virtual pat on the back for a job well done of course ;)

Rochester is closing in on 4th place and should only be a few inches away from Grand Rapids, MI when the next update comes out from what I have heard and read. Even if Rochester doesn’t take over the 4th place spot they gave themselves a pretty good lead over Billings, Montana now and look pretty secure at finishing in the top 5 this season. Maybe Billings has something to say about that though.

I’m loving how this contest is playing out this season and it’s going to be a little bit sad when Syracuse pulls out the Lake Effect Dance like last year and goes snows to the top like last season. I will sincerely feel bad for Erie and the friends I have made from there the last couple of seasons ;) Stay Tuned!!!

Have a Great Day All :)

First Off – A Big Thanks to Elizabeth C. for your kind donation to the site. Everyone of them helps to offset costs and time ands lets me know that the time put into the site is appreciated. Thank You Elizabeth :)
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Erie, PA continues to camp out on top of Golden Snow Globe Mountain and I’m guessing that they have been there so long they probably have a ski resort built by now :) Can Erie continue to hold on to the top spot for another month or two? No doubt all of the other top cities blew a good chance to catch up to them the last several days. Syracuse managed to melt away only 7 tenths of an inch off the lead. For the most part all of the cities have been taking a break from the snow including Grand Rapids, Buffalo and Billings who round off the top 5 snowiest big cities in the US. After a couple of days with the temps above freezing and two days in a row with the sun shining, at least Here in Syracuse, I’m thinking just give Syracuse 10 inches and let’s call it a wrap :)

Sorry about the lack of updates but I have really been letting my other work slide lately. I barely looked at my shopping websites in the last 6-8 weeks because of the snow and time spent on this site. I’m loving it though and enjoying every update I do and I am also loving the fact that the snow race is really close again this season. It could get interesting in the next week…

Warning, Shameless Plug Ahead – That said I did need to take a few days off from here to start a new project which is a new Printer Ink Cartridges Online website. It’s still in the beginning stage but I was able to get about 25 hours into it :) For any of you that purchase your printer ink online for home or for your business all I ask is that you check out the site and shop through there. The merchants give this snowman a little bit back in return for me sending buyers to their stores. You can order supplies for your printers, all in one printers, copy machines and fax machines. I’ll be adding more merchants in the next couple of days along with more coupons to help you save even more. Generic – compatible ink cartridges and laser toners are one of the best buys online and I have been personally buying mine online for about 12 years now give or take. Most if not all of the merchants I’ll be adding to the site also offer a 100% guarantee on their printer products. You can check my ink site out Here at Printer Ink Cartridges – OK, End of Shameless Plug ;)

Have an Awesome Weekend All!

First off as always I want to thanks some people for their donations to the site. I checked my PayPal account today to send my son some money and was surprised to see that 3 people made donations to the last two days. It really made my day and makes the work that goes into the site feel like it’s appreciated :) A Big Thanks to Janet S., Nancy S., and Paul B. I think that is just about how many people who have donated to the site this entire season. Thanks again to all 3 of you, they really do help and I truly appreciate the thought and you taking the time :)
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It seems like it is still snowing in most of the Golden Snow Globe cities. Erie added to their totals again and have now had their 8th snowiest season on record and most likely they will continue to move up on that list. Syracuse added enough snow to at least keep pace with what Erie is getting which is a good thing for Syracuse, NY. Grand Rapids did take second place away for a little while earlier when I was peaking at the snow stats but Syracuse wasn’t reporting their overnight snow at the time and Grand Rapids was. Some of the National Weather Service stations report at different times.

Either way both Grand Rapids and Buffalo are hanging close to Syracuse right now for the second place spot on the snow Mountain. Now one of the cities need to put some pressure on Erie, PA ;) Billings, Montana seems to have a decent enough lead over the cities below them to be sitting in the fifth place spot comfortably right now. Adam, who is from Billings posted a comment that they have received 28 inches in the last 7 days. Just think about it, in the last 7 days Billings had had almost what they should have for the whole season up until today which is 35 inches. No doubt some records are being set there.

I was listening to one of our local news stations here in Syracuse tonight, Channel 3, which is CNYCentral and meteorologist Mike Brookins had a pretty good line about how this winter has been for most places this season. He said something like “Don’t you kind of feel like we are all inside a snow globe and someone just keeps on shaking it”? I loved it and it does sum up this snow season doesn’t it?

Have a Super Week Everyone ;)