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Syracuse, New York 2016-2017 Snowiest Big City in the United States

I think it’s time and safe right now to call Syracuse the snow champs of the Big cities in the United States with a population of 100,00 or more.

Congrats to Syracuse but of course right now it’s an unofficial Congrats. The reason for the unofficial congrats is because the season does go on until June 30th. REALLY! Plus, who is thinking about snow on June 30th :)

The last time Syracuse won the National Golden Snow Globe contest was back in the 2012-2013 snow season. Syracuse hung on that season to pull out a victory over Worcester, MA. Last season’s defending snow champs Lakewood, Colorado is currently in 24th place.

I also want to say congrats to Runner-up Rochester, NY. I’m pretty confident that Rochester should be able to hold on to the #2 spot on the Golden Snow Globe mountain. With a possible snow storm ready to hit a few cities in the western US I think I will hold off on congratulating the other 3 cities in the Top 5 for now ;)

That said I have posted the most snow that any of the cities in the Top 10 has received in the past for the months of May and June below. This is why I am confident to declare Syracuse the winners of the 2016-2017 Golden Snow Globe snow contest this early/late in the snow season. I will continue to keep updating the snow stats for all of the cities up until the official date of June 30th so stay tuned for any changes and there may be some.

May and June Snowfall for Rochester, New York

#2 Rochester, New York - The most snow that The National Weather Service is showing for Rochester in May is 10.9 inches of snow which was in 1989. I’m not seeing any snow for Rochester in June and the date of records go back to the 1873-1874 snow season. I’m sure there were several measuring spots over the years but 10.7 inches is the most that shows out of any of them. Right now Syracuse is ahead of 2nd place Rochester, NY by 27.8 inches of snow. It was a close and fun competition this season Roc, but not this season. Not gonna happen ;)

May and June Snowfall for Anchorage, Alaska

#3 Anchorage, Alaska - The most snow that the National Weather Service is showing for Anchorage, Alaska in may is 5.0 inches back in 2001 and only a trace of snow in June. These records go back almost 70 years to the 1953-1954 season in the Anchorage area. Right now Syracuse is ahead of Anchorage, AK by 52.5 inches of snow. Not going to happen ;)

May and June Snowfall for Erie, Pennsylvania

#4 Erie, Pennsylvania - Here is the most snow that Erie, PA has received in May and June going back to 1926. Erie received 0.4 inches in May of 1989 and received only a trace of snow several time in the month of June. Right now, Erie, Pa is 56.3 inches of snow behind Syracuse, NY. A Big shout out to all of the visitors from Erie but, Not going to happen this season ;)

May and June Snowfall for Worcester, Massachusetts

#5 Worcester, Massachusetts - The most snow that Worcester, MA has ever received in May was 11.4 inches in 1977. Pretty impressive IMO but with the lead that Syracuse has right now that wouldn’t be enough to take the lead. No measurable snow has been recorded in June going back to about 1899. There were several seasons between then and present that snow stats weren’t kept for Worcester. Worcester, MA trails Syracuse, NY right now by 56.6 inches. Sorry Worcester, Not going to happen ;)

May and June Snowfall for Manchester, New Hampshire

#6 Manchester, New Hampshire - There really is now way to figure out how much snow Manchester, NH has received in the months of May and June. Most of the time Manchester didn’t have a weather station to keep track of the snow stats. I’m pretty sure though, that it is safe to say with Manchester trailing Syracuse by 57.2 inches, it’s Not going to happen ;)

May and June Snow for Buffalo, New York

#7 Buffalo, New York - The most snow that Buffalo, NY has ever received in May is 7.9 inches in 1989. Buffalo has received a trace of snow in the month of June on several occasions but never any measurable snow in June. The snow stats for Buffalo go back to 1885. One thing that stood out while I was looking up the snow stats was that Buffalo has received a trace of snow at least once for every calendar month including July and August. Pretty cool but being behind Syracuse by 58.8 inches as of the last update, Not going to happen this season. Buffalo is long overdue so keep an eye on them next season ;)

May and June Snowfall for Billings, Montana

#8 Billings, Montana - Billings, Montana records date back to 1935. The most snow Billings has received in May is 15.0 inches which was back in 1981. Billings also received 2.0 inches of snow in June back in 1950. Currently, Syracuse is ahead of Billings, MT by 60.8 inches. Even though there is snow in the forecast for the surrounding area the next day or two, it’s Not going to happen this season Billings ;)

May and June Snow for Hartford, Connecticut

#9 Hartford, Connecticut - 1.3 inches of snow was the most that Hartford, Connecticut has ever received in May which was back in 1977. Hartford has never recorded any measurable snow in June but has had a trace of snow several times, the last time being in 1993. Hartford’s records go back to 1905. Yup, Not happening! Syracuse is ahead of Hartford by 72.6 inches as of the last update.

May and June Snowfall for Spokane, Washington

#10 Spokane, Washington - The most snow that Spokane, Washington has ever received in May since records have been kept is 3.5 inches which was back in 1967. Spokane has received a trace of snow in June several times with the most recent being just last year in 2016. Right now Spokane trails Syracuse by 73.4 inches of snow this season. Yeah, y’all know, Not happening this season ;)

Source – All information and statistics come from The National Weather Service at http://www.noaa.gov/

Lowell, Ma, Winner of The National Golden Snow Globe Contest

Congratulations to Lowell, Massachusetts and to the fine folks in Lowell on being the snowiest Big city in the united states for the 2014-2015 snow season. This has by far been the closest snow contest since it began several seasons back. Less than an inch separates the top 3 cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest.

It was looking like the contest was going to end up in a tie between Worcester, Ma and Syracuse, NY for awhile but Lowell managed to pull it off beating both Syracuse and Worcester by only 0.9 of an inch. Syracuse and Worcester both ended the snow season with 119.7 inches of snowfall.

Lowell, Ma deserves the bragging rights after setting their all-time seasonal snow record of 111.5 inches that dated back to the 1947-1948 season according to the National Weather Service website. Unless it snow tonight ;) Lowell has set their all time seasonal record with 120.6 inches this season, 2014-2015. Way to go Lowell!

I was going to drag out the contest a little longer but figured Nah. OK, today is the last day of the 2014-2015 snow season believe it or not. Really!!! The new 2015-2016 snow season starts tomorrow, July 1st :P I have never waited this long to call the National snow contest but being the Sissyman that I am I was a little worried with it being sooo close and that perhaps some corrections would be made by the National Weather Service that I decided to hold off. I did call both National Weather Service office’s that handle Lowell, Worcester and Syracuse to make sure it was safe and both said to call it and both said it was.

I will do a more detailed summary when I have a little more time in the next few days. Once again Congrats to all of you in Lowell, Ma. It’s been a really fun season as always :)

Have a Great Summer All!

Syracuse is slowly sneaking up towards the leaders a few tenths of an in at a time. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Buffalo and Erie, Pa may want to start getting prepared and start making some snowballs for when Syracuse makes a run for the top of the snow mountain ;)

This last update I changed the snow stats that you see on the far right to give us an idea of how we all are doing compared to last season. Normally I have what the average snowfall totals should be to date. I changed it over to how much snow each of the cities had at this time last season. No doubt Erie, Pennsylvania, last seasons snow champs stands out the most. This time last season Erie had just over 4 feet of snowfall already. It’s probably a good thing that a decent lake effect snow event earlier in the season missed them or they would probably be close to that again right now.

Right now we have 4 cities in the snowiest big city contest that are within less 4 inches of each other. Grand Rapids is still the King and has been for most of the season so far but they have been pretty quiet the last several days. Syracuse is just a little more than an inch away from pushing Erie down the snow mountain a slot. Of course one decent lake effect event in any of these cities could give them a decent lead.

I just did a top 25 update and there is a major change once again in the top 10. Who is in the lead, who dropped, who moved up??? All good questions ;) Erie Pa was able to hold on to the lead by less than 1 inch of snow. It was Syracuse once again sliding down the snow mountain and Salt Lake City taking over the number 2 spot.

With the race being this close I’m going to try to get at least a top 10 update in about every day or so. Remember it takes about 3 hours for the full update which I don’t have everyday. This update I did go down 25 spots so we’ll call it a top 25 update. Keep in mind though that because I didn’t update any of the cities snow stats after number 25 which is South Bend, that there may be some cities below the top 25 with higher totals. Does that make sense :( I am confident though about the top 10.

So congrats to Erie, pa on holding on to the top spot by about a snowflake or two :)

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Have a Great Night Everyone :)

First off there has been some crazy weather already this season so some help is needed. There are most likely a few cities that aren’t listed here that have gotten snow this season. If you live in a city with a population of 100,000 or more and have gotten some snow please let us know and most likely we will add you to the lineup. Thanks :)

Yeah I know, it’s about time huh. I’m starting a little bit later than normal but other than a few cities there hasn’t been a whole lot as far as snowfall goes going on. Of course I was just as curious as the rest of you to see how things are starting out so far for the 2012 – 2013 snow season. The snow stats have just been updated and the rankings for the cities are pretty interesting so far.

Anchorage, Alaska who kicked but last season is starting out pretty lame this season. I think this is the least amount of snow I have seen for Anchorage in the last couple of years of keeping the snow stats for the Golden Snowball Contest. Congrats to them once again though for a great snow 2011 – 2012 snow season. I’m a big fan of Gold Rush Alaska and it was pretty cool after keeping track of the snow in AK last season to watch the first episode of the show this year. Just to see all of the snow on the ground and the problems it was causing for all of the crews trying to get started digging and clearing the snow and ice off. If you get a chance it’s an awesome show IMO and worth checking out.

When you look at the snow stats you will see 2 numbers. The first is what place the city is in right now and the 2nd is how they placed last season. I know we are just beginning but I was surprised with a few of the cities that are in the top ten and just as surprised at a few that dropped way down from the top 10 snowiest cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah take the top 2 spots on the snow mountain moving up quite a few spots from how they ended last season. Bridgeport, Connecticut, Newark, NJ and New York City are also off to a great start. Other than those the North East has been pretty quiet so far including here in Syracuse. Rochester, NY, Grand Rapids, Michigan and South Bend Indiana are the slackers so far this season. No need to worry though about those cities because you know they will be moving up the snow mountain some time soon. It’s only just begun and let’s hope it’s an exciting snow contest right to the end :)

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!!!