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Worcester, Mass Third Snowiest Big City in US

Still hard to believe that just about a week or so ago on 1/21 Worcester, Mass was in 27th place in the National Golden Snow Globe contest with 13.9 inches of snowfall for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. They now have 54.6 inches of snow on the season and counting. Boston, Massachusetts was in 45th place with only 5.5 inches of snow on the season. Right now they are at #9 in the snow contest with 35.0 inches of snowfall this season and maybe still counting.

Worcester, Massachusetts continues their quest to be crown the King of The Snow Mountain. All of yesterdays snowflakes were carefully counted in Worcester and they have pushed another city down a spot on the snow mountain. This time it was Buffalo, NY who dropped a spot to #4 while Worcester took over the #3 spot in the snow contest. Is Worcester, Mass done adding snow to their totals from this most recent snow storm?

I don’t have a clue and I can’t wait to see what the next snow update from NOAA looks like. Right Now Worcester is only 0.2 inches of snow away from taking over the #2 spot and pushing Grand Rapids, Michigan down a slot. Right now only a few tenths of an inch separate Grand Rapids, Buffalo and Worcester so most likely we will be seeing a lot of back and fourth pushing going on near the top of the snow mountain.

Defending snow champs Erie, Pa looks to be safe for the time being camping out at the top of the mountain with snow lead of just about 10 inches of snow. After this last snow storm I have to wonder though if Erie isn’t rearming themselves with a fresh batch of snowballs to fend off any challengers that we all know will be rushing toward them. Pretty amazing what difference one little storm makes isn’t it?

Boston, MA also moved up another spot bumping Cleveland, Ohio down the mountain. Boston is now #9 in the snow contest and Cleveland rounds out the top 10 snowiest cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 or more. Below are a few notable snow stats from the snow storm and as always ignore my fuzzy math in case I added wrong ;)

Snow Storm Totals

Worcester, Mass – 1/26 = 2.6 inches, 1/27 = 31.9 inches Storm Total = 34.5 inches
Boston – 1/26 = 2.3, 1/27 = 22.1 Storm Total = 24.4 inches
Providence – 1/26 = 3.1, 1/27 = 16.0 Storm Total = 19.1 inches of snow

Date Records Set for Snow Yesterday 1/27

Worcester, Mass – 31.9 breaking the old record of 11.0 set in 2011
Boston, Mass – 22.1 breaking the old record of 8.8 set in 2011
Providence, RI 16.0 breaking the old record of 6.7 set in 2011

I should be able to get another update in a bit later when the new snow stats are post by the National Weather Service. It should be interesting to see what place Worcester, MA, Grand Rapids and Buffalo are all in when the new snow stats come out.

Have an Awesome Day Everyone ;)

WOW, what a long couple of days it’s been crunching numbers, gathering stats and watching the snow storm on the radars and TV but it’s been a blast and it was all worth it :) To be honest I am also jealous.. Probably not quite as fun though for those in the storms path and hopefully everyone is doing OK and is safe!

Just think, about a week or so ago on 1/21 Worcester, Mass was in 27th place in the National Golden Snow Globe contest with 13.9 inches of snowfall for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. They now have 51.1 inches of snow on the season and counting. Boston, Massachusetts was in 45th place with only 5.5 inches of snow on the season and after this last update now have 31.4 inches. What a difference a week makes not to mention a snow storm that will go down in the weather history books and record books. WTG Worcester and Boston ;)

So far the cities that are in the Golden Snow Globe contest that stand out the most are Worcester, MA , Boston and Providence, RI. Below are the storm totals and as always keep in mind my fuzzy math shows up every now and then ;)

Winter Snow Storm Totals as of 4:00 PM 1/27

Worcester – 1/26 = 2.6, 1/27 = 28.4 as of 4 PM Storm Totals = 31 inches
Boston – 1/26 = 2.3, 1/27 = 18.5 as of 4 PM Storm Totals = 20.8 inches
Providence – 1/26 = 3.1, 1/27 = 14.2 as of 4 PM Storm Total = 17.3

A Few Snow Records For the Date That Were Set Today -

Worcester, Mass – 28.4 today breaking the old record of 11.0 set in 2011
Boston, Mass – 18.5 today breaking the old record of 8.8 set in 2011
Providence, RI 14.2 today breaking the old record of 6.7 set in 2011

Worcester has climbed the Golden Snow Globe mountain in record time pushing Syracuse, NY out of the number 4 slot on the mountain and bumping a whole lot of other cities down the snow mountain too. Worcester’s next targets are Grand Rapids and Buffalo ;)

Boston has managed to go from the number 45 slot all the way into the Top 10 at number 10. The thing is that I don’t think either of the cities are finished yet. Last I heard they are still adding to their snow totals. It’s going to get even more interesting when the next round of snow stats come out from the National Weather Service the next update.

I think Grand Rapids, Michigan should be a little worried right about now and maybe, just maybe those of you in Erie, Pa may want to watch your backs the next several hours because Worcester may be heading your way soon. Stay Tuned and Stay Safe All!

Have an Awesome Night!

The headline probably doesn’t make sense about the National snow contest heating up does it but then again most of the stuff I type doesn’t. Snow and heat just don’t mix I suppose but the snowiest big city in the US contest is starting to get a little more exciting. I figure we have at least past the halfway mark for the snow season last week and we are now into the second half of the snow season with a new storm on the way. Click Here for the Latest on Next Snow Storm!

There are cities that are still sitting out of the snowball fights like Anchorage, Alaska and then there are a few that have decided to come and play with all of us like Worcester, Mass which moved up about 16 spots and slid into the top 25 on the snow mountain. Even Amarillo, Texas joined in one of the most recent snowball fights and hit the top 25 for a day or two with 17 inches of snowfall for the 2014 – 2015 season. Allentown, Pa jumped about 13 spots up the snow mountain but still have a ways to go.

A snow dance will take place sometime today or tonight so beware all ;)

The good part is, well if you like snow of course is that the storms seem to be lining right up one after another. The first half of the season only had a couple decent storms and up until recently was pretty much hit or miss with the Lake Effect snow. From what I have been reading it’s looking like some of the same cities that just got hit and that were hanging near the bottom of the snow contest are going to be getting hit again in the next day or two. It looks like there is a possibility for this next storm to drop even more snow on Boston, Worcester and a lot of other cities.

This next storm could make things really interesting because so far from what I have read and I am still reading it looks like the Snowbelt cities such as Erie, Pa, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Syracuse and Buffalo, New York may just get touched by Mother Nature. That seems to be how it has gone for most of the first half of the season :( For that reason it is time for the first SNOW DANCE of the season to take place. Time to give Syracuse the edge in this seasons snow contest and see if the snow dance can bring this storm a little more northwest ;) . Hopefully not too far west though because I don’t need Buffalo or Erie trying to cash in on the well known widely feared snow dance that seems to work well over 80% of the time.

Just a heads up for the Meteorologists that NO your radars and forecasting equipment aren’t going crazy, it’s just me doing a snow dance for Da’Cuse ;) Stay Safe all and take it slow on the roads….

Updated 1/10 3:00 PM – Erie, Pa is hanging tough at the top of the snow mountain still. As of this mornings update Erie has just a half of an inch snow lead over Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I took a peak at the radar and it looks like it is snowing in or at least around Grand Rapids so the afternoon update should be interesting to see if Erie can hold onto the lead ;)
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It looks like the is a good snowball fight going on between Erie, Pa and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Last seasons defending snow champs have reclaimed the Throne at the top of the snow mountain once again after Grand Rapids took it back from them with the earlier snow update. Keep an eye on Buffalo too because it looks like they are trying to make a charge up the mountain but are just falling short each time.

Erie, Pa reclaims the top spot showing 50.8 inches of snow so far for the 2014-2015 snow season. Grand Rapids is only a couple of inches behind them reporting a total of 48.7 inches this last update. Both cities have been going back and forth on the snow mountain the last couple of days. Remember that Grand Rapids, Michigan has been the King of The Golden Snow Globe mountain for most of the season.

Here are the lead changes so far give or take a day ;)

Erie, Pa 1/9/2015 – Current Leader

Grand Rapids 1/8/2015 – 1/9/2015

Erie, Pa 1/6/2015 – 1/8/2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan 11/18/2014 – 1/6/2015

Erie, Pa 11/15/2014 – 11/18/2014

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

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

Buffalo, NY is keeping up pretty good now reporting 44.3 inches on the season. It will be interesting to see how much more snow will be added to the snow totals for these cities come the next update. I think Erie may be looking pretty good for the near future but remember I’m clueless and normally wrong :)

South Bend, Indiana slipped past both Billings, Montana and Syracuse, NY this last update so keep an eye on South Bend too. It looks like they are ready to get into the snowball fight ;) My Syracuse has some kind of snow net over them still so could someone please cut a whole in it so that Syracuse can play too. Stay Tuned!

Have a Great Night Everyone and as Always, See Snow – Drive Slow….

1/7 11 AM – Put it in the snow books because it’s official now. Erie, Pennsylvania has taken the lead in the Golden Snow Globe National Snow Contest ;)

Erie, Pa slipped past Grand Rapids, MI when all of the snowflakes were tallied up at the end of the day yesterday. Right now only half an inch separates the two for the top spot on the snow mountain. Snow is predicted for a lot of the snowiest cities today so it should just keep getting better ;)

Grand Rapids actually took the lead away from defending Champs Erie right around November 18th so I guess this is payback and payback is a Batch, a batch of snow falling on Erie that is ;) WTG Erie and it will be interesting to see how long you can hold onto the lead.. So far there have been 5 lead changes from 4 different cities which are below.

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 – 1/6/2015

Erie, Pa 1/6/2015 – Current Leader

Stay Tune for a late day update and drive careful everyone!
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1/7 2:00 AM - IMPORTANT - The new update was done at 2:00 am and not all of the cities were showing new snow stats at that time. Grand Rapids was reporting snow stats as was Erie, Pa. Erie has indeed slid past Grand Rapids with the snow totals that were being reported for yesterday. Come morning who knows ;)

Buffalo, NY and Billings, Montana were not showing new snow stats at 2 AM so both of those cities could take the lead. I will get another update in sometime in the morning (Late Morning) so stay tuned and Good Night ;)

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 ;)

I just got a full update in on the snowiest big cities in the United States and decided to mix it up just a bit. Normally I have the current snowfall totals for each city and also what their normal average snowfall is for this date in the snow season. An example is that Grand, Rapids, MI is already over last seasons snow totals for this time by 28.6 inches of snow.

I have been keeping an eye on how some of the cities are doing compared to last seasons snow totals and thought I would share that with you. I think it kind of gives you a little glance as to how the 2014 – 2015 snow season may compare to last season. Of course it’s not like any of us know what Mother Nature has in store for us this season ;)

I think what make the current stats interesting is that there are only a few cities in the top 25 snowiest cities that have less snow this season than they did at this time last year. The really interesting part IMO is if you remember, last season a lot of cities broke a lot of records because of how much snow we received last season. Of course I have the memory of a toad so I can’t remember exactly which cities broke the all time snow records or had their top 5 snowiest winter ever but there was quite a few of them.

Of course my home town Syracuse has to be one of the few cities with less snow than last season right now. And where is Billings, Montana this season? They are only at 2.4 inches so far compared to 11.1 inches of snow last season???

With the early snowfall so far this season for some of the cities we could be seeing some big snow totals again for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. Right now Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erie, Pa, South Bend, Indiana and Even Buffalo, New York stand out pretty good. Grand Rapids only had 0.4 inches this time last season and are at 29 inches so far. Erie, Pa only had 3.9 inches of snowfall but are already at 24.1 so far. South Bend, Cleveland, Buffalo and many others are following right behind them.

I just found it kind of interesting to see how good/bad (?) this season is starting out so far. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? Would you rather have me list the average snowfall to date for the cities or list what we had last season to compare? Either way works for me and I suppose I can just mix it up every now and then.

Rumor has it that there is a Nor’Easter in the works for unfortunately the Thanksgiving travel time. Last I read it may be effecting some of the cities on the east coast I think all the way down to the DC area maybe. I need to read some more but keep and eye on it. It will be interesting to see if it comes inland enough to effect the Syracuse, Buffalo, Erie and other cities. I don’t think it is suppose to come in far enough to the west though. Remember, I am clueless so check with the pros, your weather folks in your towns and also the National Weather Service.

Have an Awesome Night Everyone ;)

I just did a top 25 update and South Bend, Indiana has pushed Erie, Pa down from the snow mountain. Hard to believe that when a city picks up over a foot of snow in a day that another is going to be right there behind them. Erie had the lead after yesterdays snow flakes were all counted up but South Bend was able to add more snow than Erie did today to take the lead for the first time this season.

Remember that last season we had to pull South Bend out because the airport stopped taking measurements for the National Weather Service at that weather station. Well all is good now and I personally love having a competitor like South Bend, Indiana back in the national snow contest. WTG South Bend and once again welcome back to the Golden Snow Globe contest ;)

One other thing to keep in mind is that there are many, many weather stations across the country and they DO NOT all report at the same time. Most are within a couple of hours of each other when they upload the snow stats though. This last Top 25 update there were a few stations that haven’t reported yet just to let you know. Chances are though that none of those cities received enough snow today to pass either South Bend or Erie, Pa.

I’ll take a peak later at a few of the cities if I get a chance and post some stats if they seem to matter. Have a Great night all…

First, as always, a Big Thanks to Sue G. for your donation to the site. They always help out a lot and are very much appreciated. Thanks Sue for taking the time :)
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OK! I have to admit I was blind sided and slid into the ditch when I saw the snow totals for Erie, Pa. I figured they would be getting some snow but I wasn’t expecting anything like a foot of snowfall to start Erie, Pennsylvania’s snow season off. Remember they were only showing a trace of snow up until now. As of the last update from the National weather service they are reporting 11.8 inches of the fresh white gold on the ground and it sounds like Erie isn’t finished yet. Even though the National Weather Service isn’t showing it yet my guess is they probably set a date snowfall record. WTG Erie :)

There was a whole lot of sliding around this update and 3 cities sled past Anchorage, Alaska who held the lead up until today. Erie, Pa, South Bend, Indiana and Fort Collins, Colorado moved into the top 3 slots on the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain.

South Bend set a date record picking up 6.2 inches of snow breaking the old record of 4.7 set back in 1974. It’s good to have you back South Bend :)

As for those of us in Syracuse, New York we figure we will sit back until about February and then turn on our Lake Effect Machine for the big finish. Oh wait, that didn’t go too good last season did it? It looks like it will be another fun snow season and with last seasons snow champs starting with a big lead it should be a lot of fun trying to catch them. Good Luck to all of the cities.

As always, See Snow – Drive Slow unless of course your on a sled or the ski mountains :) Have a great night all!

There are two things that have scared me since day one of starting up the National snow contest. One, am I missing a big city that gets a ton of snow and two, am I calling the contest too soon?

The reason I worry about the second, when to wrap up the snow contest is because with my luck one of the cities will get some fluke snow storm in May or June. If the snow contest isn’t close I don’t worry so much but when it is close I tend to stress a little over it. The main reason is because the chances are good that some of the news media will be reporting it and I can see me calling the winner, the news reporting it and then another city goes ahead a week later:(

OK, so when does the contest get called? I’m hoping sometime at the beginning of May depending on what the long term forecast looks like. I think the longest we have gone is May 15th and the reason was because the Colorado cities were making a last minute charge up the snow mountain. This season they are way toward the bottom of the mountain so I don’t see that happening this season. Right now for this time in the season Erie, PA is looking pretty good with their lead of 5.5 inches over the next best and last seasons snow champion Syracuse. I don’t believe any of the cities on top of the snow mountain average that much snow for May so the beginning of May is looking good right now.

Those of you that follow the snow contest on Twitter will be one of the first to know when I call it so if you don’t follow you may want to. Our local paper in Syracuse and Erie, PA Life on Facebook will also be the first to know. Both have been awesome to the snow contest and it’s appreciated. Let’s just hope I don’t blow it :( Erie has held the lead most of the season and I will feel bad if Syracuse goes ahead at the last minute. I’ll fell bad but I’ll get over it. Hey, I’m from Syracuse ;) Good Luck to Both and let’s not forget Buffalo, NY!

The reason I worry about the first is because I don’t list all of the big cities that get snow for the fact that it would take too long to get updates in. I know there are some cities in probably in the Carolina’s that have gotten snow and others around the country but during a normal season it will never be enough to compete with the big snow makers. This season was anything but a normal snow season with many cities breaking all time records. Cities like Billings, Montana who had the most snow ever since records have been kept and there are several others that have had the same kind of season. Seasons like this get me a little nervous ;)

Important – I have been spending hours upon hours dealing with spam comments to the website. This is something I deal with every day of the year including all through summer. I just added a plugin that should hopefully help but I am a little worried that some legitimate comments from those of you that post may be blocked also. If that happens please let me know by contacting me through the contact page so I can make some adjustments. Hopefully you won’t have any problems and that this saves me hours of browsing through all of the spam that I get here.

A BIG Thanks to Carol G. for her donation that we received. Last month I was overwhelmed by the support the site received from a lot of you. Last month alone was more than the site has received in total since we started it a few years back. It’s nice to see the appreciation carrying over into this month and Thank You again to all of you and Thanks again Carol, I truly appreciate it :)

Have a Great Day Everyone :)