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I was wondering which city was going to make the move for the second place spot on the snow mountain and it looks like it is Buffalo, NY. Buffalo jumped up from the number 4 spot and slipped past Worcester, Mass and Grand Rapids, Michigan this last update. Erie, Pa, last seasons snow champions are digging in at the top of the mountain and now have a snow lead of almost 11 inches over 2nd place Buffalo.

Before this last update only 0.3 inches of snowfall were separating Grand Rapids, Worcester and Buffalo from the 2nd place slot. Snow is in the forecast for a lot of the cities this weekend so as I mentioned before I think there is going to be a lot of back and forth going on over the weekend. The big question now is can anyone make up some snowflakes on Erie?

Syracuse, NY is still on Spring Break it seems. It’s been cold for awhile now but they just can’t seem to get the wind to blow their way. It seems like every time it is snowing in Central New York that they put up some kind of bubble over the city/airport. The same goes for Rochester, NY. Every time I look at the radars I see snow all around both of both cities but for some reason it stays a few miles away. I think both cities better start making some snowballs and get into the snowball fights this season ;)

I started up a Facebook page/group for anyone that wants to join. Any posts from here will also be pushed up to the Facebook group and it will also make it easier for anyone that wants to share some pictures, news articles and so on with all of us. It’s kind of a trial run and we’ll see how it goes. Please feel free to join by going to Here to the Golden Snow Globe FB Group Page. It should be fun for both snow lovers and haters and of course a little bit of fun, friendly picking on each others cities snow wise will be allowed I think ;)

Have a Great Day All and Take it Slow on The Roads….

Thanks Samantha O. for donating to the website :) I appreciate it and Thanks for taking the time.

The first column shows this season and the second column shows the snow totals for the cities last season. I changed the update around a bit again this time and posted this seasons snow stats for the snowiest cities in the US as normal but instead of posting what we would all have on average at this time in the season I put the snow totals that we all had at this time last season. What a difference a season makes for a lot of cities.

I just got a full update in and sorry about the last couple of days. I’ve been fighting off something for about the last 2 months and just can’t seem to kick it. Round 3 on meds now :( Doc said to take a week off, lol, I was able to take a day off yesterday. OK, enough about me, for now anyways ;)

Erie, Pa who won last season and is the current leader this season has almost 2 feet less than they did last season. The same with Flint, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Pa, Detroit, Toledo and a few other cities.

A lot of the other snowiest Big cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest are right around a foot of snow behind last seasons snow totals and several others are right around where they were last season. Just a few are doing better than they did for the 2013 – 2014 snow season. Just goes to show us that it’s been a pretty easy season so far. Well except for some of the smaller cities around Buffalo and to the North of Syracuse who have been getting pounded this season.

Hopefully this round of meds kicks me into shape again (OK, That will never happen) or should helps me to start felling better again so I can get more blog posts in. I also missed getting back to several email and I’m sorry about that.

Have a Great Night All and Stay Tuned, it looks like some snowy weather could be coming soon.

First as always a Big Thanks to Thomas R. for your donation to the website. I truly appreciate you taking the time. Thanks Thomas :)
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OK, it was fun watching Billings, Montana climb the snow mountain the last week or so but enough that’s enough snow now. Now you are messing with my home town Syracuse, New York ;) I suppose I may as well cheer you on now seeing how you just passed Syracuse and it looks like you are still climbing the snow mountain. OK, Might as well go all the way to the top to make things exciting and I think we are well overdue for a change of the throne. No offense to Grand Rapids of course but there haven’t been a whole lot of lead changes this season.

So far there have only been 4 leaders in the national snow contest for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. Out of the 4 leaders Grand Rapids has by far been sitting at the throne at the top of the snow mountain the longest. That said the snow contest has been close all season long with just a few inches separating some of the top snowiest cities in the U.S..

Here are the cities that have led so far this season and when they held the lead. Keep in mind the dates are give or take a day depending on when an update was done during the snow season.

Anchorage, Alaska – 10/20/2014 – 11/14/2014

South Bend, Indiana – 11/14/2014 – 11/15/2014

Erie, Pa 11/15/2014 – 11/18/2014

Grand Rapids, Michigan 11/18/2014 – Current Leader

Billings Montana continues to move up in the National Snowiest Big City Contest with a population of 100,000 or more and has just jumped another couple of spots. Billings just slid past Syracuse and Buffalo, NY to take the number 3 slot in the contest and from reading around there may still be more snow on the way for them. There was quite a bit of shuffling around with a lot of the cities adding some snow to their totals the last couple of updates.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota has moved up quite a bit the last few days and broke a date record yesterday picking up another 5.0 inches of snow breaking an old record of 3.9 inches on the day set back in 1951. WTG Sioux Falls, SD :)

Have a Great Day Everyone and Stay Safe – See Snow – Drive Slow unless you’re on a sled of course ;)

First off, sorry about the lack of posts lately. I have been able to get a lot of updates in but with the Holidays and trying to keep up my shopping sites it’s been tough finding the time to blog. I have been able to get at least one update in each day and well lets face it, it’s been a pretty boring snow season so far except for those that had that those crazy amounts of snow just outside of the Buffalo area.

I just got a full update in and will try to get at least a Top 25 update in later. Billings, Montana has finally decided to play with us and join the snowball fight. They managed to move into the Top 5 this last update picking up 6 inches of snow since the last update. It will be interesting to see if they have more to add later in the day.

It’s looking like the cold air is getting ready to move in after this little warm up slips by today which hopefully means SNOW :) The Golden Snow Globe contest is really close and looking at the top 25 I think most of the cities that are in the top 25 still have a shot at winning this season. There is still a lot of snow season left whether you/we like it or not…

Grand Rapids has been the King of the Snow Mountain for just about the entire 2014 – 2015 snow season. I think they have held the lead since something like around November 17th when they pushed last seasons snow champs Erie, Pa down the mountain. So far every time one of the cities makes a move to the top of the mountain Grand Rapids has been able to pick up just enough snow to fend us off. WTG Grand Rapids but I think your days are numbered ;)

This week and probably starting tonight things should start getting interesting again with the colder air moving in. Hopefully it will get all of our Lake Effect Machines cranking up and get the snow contest cranking too. I was just thinking how early the snow started falling this season in a lot of places and then pretty much just slowed right down. I suppose the one good thing is it hasn’t been anywhere near as cold as it was last season when that Polar Vortex overstayed it’s welcome.

Have a Great Day All and Stay Tuned!

A Big Thanks to those of you who took the time to send me some pictures to post on the site. If for any reason any of these are copyright protected please feel free to let me know and I will take them down. I still have to add a few more but here are several that have been sent so far from the snowvember snow storm and from the lake effect snow that also hit Erie, Pa. I think a lot of these pictures give us the true scope of how bad it was in the towns surrounding the Buffalo area. Thanks again for sharing them with us..
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Here are some cool pictures that a friend Rich’s son Justin snapped. Him and his wife lives in Cheektowaga (south Buffalo), and had to deal with the Buffalo “Snowvember” storm with about 74 inches…

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 1

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 2

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 3

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 4

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 5

Cheektowaga New York Snowvember 2014 storm Pictures 6
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This is a picture sent in by Bryan of The Erie City Proper when they received about 12 inches of snowfall.

Erie City Proper Snowfall
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From Metin with his description – First is a pic of my driveway on the border of Lancaster/Depew, NY about 3 miles from the airport…over 50+” of snow has fallen here but the airport has about 4 or 5″…craziness.

Lancaster Snow Storm in Driveway Picture

The second pic is the dreaded “White Wall” that anyone in this area knows about…God help you if you are driving into that from the outside.

Lake Effect Snow Wall in Buffalo Area

Another pic from Metin from earlier this morning when there was “only” about 35 or 36″ on the ground.

Snowvember Snow Storm in Lancaster, New York
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A fun picture sent in By Mike from the Buffalo area. No doubt this is right up my alley ;)

Snow Drift Beer Cooler in Doorway

Thanks for sending and sharing the snow storm pictures everyone :) Sooner or later I will figure the picture gallery out and make it look a little better. Have a Great Weekend and to those of our friends in the Buffalo area, wishing you all nothing but the best possible outcome. Stay safe and watch the flooding and roofs..

First off as always a Big Thanks for your donation Paul W. and also for the kind words. Paul is in Southern Cal and is an Erie, Pa native. His buddy is also there and he is from Buffalo, NY. Thanks again Paul for taking the time and maybe I’ll do a rain dance for ya’s :)
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OK, Grand Rapids continues to add to their totals but Erie, Pa isn’t letting them get too far ahead of them. Erie is still hanging with them and added another 5.4 inches of new snowfall yesterday to their snow totals. Grand Rapids, Mi managed to just edge them out yesterday by a couple of tenths of an inch getting 5.6 inches of snow yesterday.

Buffalo, New York also added 4.6 inches of snowfall to their totals yesterday. I think there will be more snow to add to all of those 3 cities when the next update comes out a little bit later. A little bit of snow falling in the Syracuse area but nothing to help us move up. We figure we will give you a handicap to start the season off before we start getting serious ;)

Stay tuned for another update a little later, most likely just a top 25 update. One thing I did notice is that most of the snowiest cities in the top 25 are already over what their normal average is for this time in the season. Could be some foreshadowing as to what’s ahead for the 2014 – 2015 snow season ;)

Grand Rapids has 24.9 inches of snow more than normal, Erie, Pa is over their average snow totals by 19.7 inches, Buffalo, NY has 12.3 inches above normal and South Bend, In has 14.4 inches more than they normally do for this time in the snow season just to list a few. Stay Tuned for the next update…

A Big Thank You goes out to Donna M. for your kind donation to the site and for taking the time. The reason I make these posts on the top of a post is because I want to make sure I take the time to personally Thank all of you. Thanks again Donna, I truly appreciate it :)
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OK, Grand Rapids, Michigan is the first city to pile up 2 feet of snowfall this season. They added another 1.2 inches to their snow lead putting Grand Rapids snow totals at 24.6 inches for the 2014-2015 snow season. Erie, Pa and South Bend, Indiana are hanging right with them and it’s still a close snow race. Buffalo is on the move breaking into the top 5 for the first time this season.

I was looking at some of the snow totals around the Buffalo area and was thinking that if this epic lake effect snow hit the Buffalo airport we probably could have called it a wrap for the season. Some of the cities south of Buffalo and just several miles away are reporting 60 + inches of snowfall. I think a 4 foot lead would be pretty hard to catch even for the normal top snowiest big cities in the country. That said it is a pretty serious situation going on in the are and here is what I posted on the New York snow contest site, the Golden Snowball last night. I should be able to get another update in a little later. Have a great day ;)

OK, I normally try to keep the snow site fun after all that’s what it’s all about. Having fun and maybe helping the winter season pass by a little faster. That said what’s going on in the surrounding Buffalo area is I think one of the most serious situations I have seen. You won’t hear me say this too often but I do hope the snow stops soon in the Buffalo area.

From Angelo – “Just wanted to update you guys, official snow fall in my town of Lancaster over last 2 days is 73 inches, south buffalo has about 65 on the ground. Airport is on the border of the heavy snow line but should receive another foot tonight and tomorrow. Lancaster is looking at another 20 plus inches in the same time frame. Maybe we can reach that magic number of 100 inches! In all seriousness this storm has claimed 7 lives so far and has collapsed a number of roofs and with the additional snow and 50 degree temps we will be seeing Sunday through Tuesday I’m sure we will be seeing even more collapses and major flooding. Wish us luck!”

Me – “Hey Angelo, Wow is still the only word that comes to mind. It’s cool seeing the numbers, pictures and videos but then again I wish I wasn’t seeing them because I know how serious the situation is there and all around there. Definitely Good Luck to all of you effected and I hope there are no more deaths from this unbelievable snowfall. My thought s and Yes prayers are with all of you. I’m not looking forward to what we will most likely be reading once the temps start going up. Stay Safe,”

I wish Nothing but the best to our friends in the Buffalo area ;)

Patrick

I just want to say Thanks to Lauren W. who made a recent donation to the site. Thanks also Lauren for the msg and kind words, they mean a lot :)
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Updated 11/19 7 PM – Grand Rapids, Michigan continues to hold onto the snow race lead but not by much. Erie, Pa has been quiet and after seeing all of the videos and pictures of the towns around Buffalo, NY I’m sure they probably don’t have a problem with that lake effect snow missing them so far.

Buffalo is finally on the move and just missed making it into the top 5 snowiest cities. The cities from Minnesota, Indiana, Colorado and Ohio seem to be taking over the top 25 the last few updates. Snow is still in the forecast for several of the cities so it should stay interesting for another day or two ;)

Also I wanted to let those of you know that have sent pictures and emails that I am getting them but I have been sick and I will get to posting them. I also wanted to get an update in this morning but I have been fighting a cold the last 2 weeks and it hit me hard enough today to finally go to the doctors. Probably a good thing I gave in because it ended up turning into pneumonia which I seem to get once a year right around this time.

Right now I am visiting North Carolina so it took awhile to find a doctor. Yup, you know arm and sunny North Carolina where I think the temperature ended up going down to 17 degrees last night :( I was reading that all 50 states in the US went below freezing last night. Hard to believe it’s only November isn’t it. Stay Tuned and have a Great Night All :)
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Updated 11/18 7 PM - Just as I was thinking, we do have a new leader in the Golden Snow Globe national snow contest. The new leader isn’t the city that I expected to go on top though. Congrats to Grand Rapids, Michigan who slipped past Erie, Pa to take the top slot on the snow mountain :)

I think most of us were keeping an eye on Buffalo, New York today thinking that they would be the new leader but for some reason they are only reporting a couple of inches so far for today. No doubt they got robbed with the lake effect snow that has been relentlessly pounding some of the smaller cities just a couple of miles away from the airport where their measurements are taking. This is one of the few times I actually feel bad for Buffalo.

I did notice earlier today as I was checking out a couple of radars that Grand Rapids had some snow falling. To be honest I was looking to see how South Bend was doing but the snow band kind of hung north of them earlier today when I noticed Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids, Michigan set 2 date records in a row, one yesterday and one today. Yesterday they had 4.4 inches of snow breaking the old date record of 2.9 inches set back in 1989. Today so far they are showing 7.3 inches of new snowfall which breaks the same record of 2.9 inches set back in 1989 also.

So far we have had 5 lead changes this season and with snow still in the forecast for the next couple of days I’m sure we will have couple more lead changes in the coming days. Stay Tuned for more updates and for those of you getting the 3-5 feet of snow, please stay safe.
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Updated 11/18 5:15 PM – I am still waiting for all of the city snow stats to come out and will do an update when they do which should be any time now. I am looking at stats right now and I was surprised to see Buffalo’s new totals :( Pretty lame what is being reported at the airport but all around them got pounded pretty good and I think it’s suppose to continue. All about those lake effect snow bands either hitting or just missing. I know I am going to get some not so nice comments from some folks in Buffalo about where the airport is located either on this site or the NY snow contest site. Still could be a couple of cities that may challenge Erie though. The new stats should be posted by the national weather service anytime now plus I don’t think Buffalo is done with the snow yet…

Updated 1:00 PM - I was looking around at the snow stats and there wasn’t a whole lot going on so I am going to hold off on an update for now. The reason being that the latest update from NOAA doesn’t include the overnight snowfall so it would pretty much just be a waste of time.

I will do a full update when the next snow stats come out in a bit and no doubt they should be interesting. The Buffalo area has been getting hit pretty good. The question will be is the airport where they take the measurements at getting a lot of snow? If so I think Erie, Pa may want to be a little worried about hanging on to the almost 17 inch lead that you hold right now over Buffalo.

I know that the NY State Thruway is closed IN BOTH DIRECTIONS between Exit 46, Rochester, and Exit 59, Dunkirk has been closed for now so a lot of snow is falling. I’ve also heard from a couple of people from Erie who said that there wasn’t much going on there but that was early this morning. Any changes in Erie yet. I was also reading that some paces south of Buffalo may get up to 70 inches of snow. Even I have to admit that is just nuts :(

I will add all updates in this post here and please feel free to leave your comments and updates in this post also. Stay Safe all of you in the snow band areas…

I know every season I say I am going to get a snow gallery of pictures up and never seem to do it. It’s not from lack of trying though it’s a matter of figuring out some of the software to add to the site. This season and hopefully this week I will play around again and try to get something up.

If you have some decent pictures of the snow in your neck of the woods please send them to me at thegoldensnowball @ gmail.com (remove the spaces) and mention snow pictures in the title of your email. Thanks all and for those of you in the areas about to get pounded with the snow please take it slow and stay safe.


Here Are 2 Pictures From Dave in Erie, Pa

As Dave mentions These 2 pictures show how dramatically weather can change in Erie, PA from day to day!

Erie, Pennsylvania’s first snowfall of the season. Pictures from Dave B.

First Snowfall In Erie, Pa

Come tomorrow and even tonight Buffalo, Erie and several other cities are expecting up to 2 feet of snowfall or more. I will be posting updates as they come in from the National Weather Service. I’ve seen some live shots of Buffalo and it looks like it has started there already. Stay tuned and stay safe ;)

First off a big Thanks to Rhonda for your donation to the site. I know I’ve said it many times but your donations are appreciated and do help out big time. Thank You Rhonda :)
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Thanks to Andy also for taking the time to send me some info I was looking for about the lakes freezing over.  I’ll post about that in a day or two.

OK!!!  Buffalo, NY continues to slowly gain ground on the snow lead that Erie, PA has in the Golden Snow Globe contest. Buffalo is now just a snow storm away or 15.1 inches away to be exact.

I checked back a little over a week ago and on the January 4th update Buffalo was in 4th place and 30.1 inches behind Erie, Pa. Buffalo has made up about 15 inches in the last week or so. Go Buffalo!

Right now everything seems to be pretty quiet across the US as far as snowfall goes. A lot of rain here in the Syracuse area but at least it warmed up for a few days hitting 50+ degrees which seemed like a heat wave after that -25 – -35 below wind chill factor that came around for a couple of days.

Let’s talk College Hoops. We all know that Syracuse is Americas favorite team :P but other than the SU Orange, who is your next favorite college basketball team? Be careful in answering this though because any replies with the Duke Blue Devils may get banned.  The same goes for Arizona who is ranked number 1 in the country in the polls ahead of Syracuse.  I’M JOKING OF COURSE ;)  I’m curious for the fact that some of the states have several cities in the snow contest and also have several college basketball teams in their state.

PA is a good example. I know some people including my brother who lives in Philly and most of them root for Villanova. I’m guessing you folks in Pittsburgh root for The Pitt Panthers first. Erie, Pa I don’t have a clue about but would guess maybe Pitt? Anyways, leave a comment in this post to let me know who your favorite college basketball team is in the country.

Have an Awesome Weekend All :)