South Bend, Indiana Back in Snow Contest Maybe?

I just updated all of the Cities in the National Snow Contest and as always took a peek at South Bend, Indiana. I do that every now and then to see if the National Weather Service out of Syracuse, Indiana is showing any snow stats for South Bend. To refresh all of our memories last season the airport stopped measuring the snowfall for the National Weather Service. That was in December of 2013 so we had to remove South Bend from the Golden Snow Globe contest for the fact we couldn’t get any official snow stats.

I just looked and I am showing that the snow stats are being listed once again so let’s that NOAA found a group or maybe got the airport to start taking measurements again. South Bend is a formidable opponent for all of the Snowy cities with a population of 100,000 or more and it would be great to have them back in. Keep your fingers crossed Cory and the rest of you from the South Bend area. Then again maybe it’s just a fluke they are showing snow stats but I haven’t seen them list them since the 2013 – 2014 early snow season back in December.

I do have a couple of calls out to the Syracuse, Indiana (Love that name Syracuse :) ) weather service so hopefully they will get back to me about what’s going on and if they are getting Snow Measurements again. Here is more info on what went down last season.

Buffalo, New York is the only city this update to join the Trace of snow club which makes 11 cities showing a trace of snow for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. There are also quite a few cities that are behind what their normal snowfall should be for this time into the season. I think I counted 19 cities in the Golden Snow Globe national snow contest that should have at least 0.1 of snow or more this update. In other words it’s closing in on us all and of course it’s just a matter of time now.

One other thing for those of you from Erie, Pa. Ruth sent me a tweet about a poll on the site asking when you think the first snowfall will be for Erie, Pa. If you look to the right and scroll down a bit you will see the poll at Thanks for taking the time Ruth ;)

The last several days and nights were pretty cold in the Syracuse, NY area but today was a little warmer and I think upper 70′s for Tuesday. Every nice day we can get right now I’ll take and I’m sure most of you are thinking the same way.

OK, so which city is going to be the one that starts off the 2014 – 1015 Golden Snow Globe contest? Have an Awesome Night All ;)

Which Snowiest City Will Start National Snow Contest

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

A Trace of Snow for Another City and Brrrrr

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 :)

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.

Things Could Get Interesting, Is It Snowing There

I can’t honestly say I am looking forward to a 50 plus degree drop in temperatures in the next 24 hours give or take but it is what it is.  I guess if the cold front that is coming through has to happen then hey, it may as well drop half a foot of snow on Syracuse, NY :)

Just a quick post to ask that you leave a comment in THIS post to keep us updated.  I also put some blocks on some comments to stop all of the spamming I get here so if you can’t post please let me know through the contact page.

Let us know if you have some time if it’s snowing in your neck of the woods.  Erie, PA still holds a good lead over Syracuse and Buffalo but the next day or two could make the contest a little more interesting than it is right now.  What a difference a day makes in the northeast!

Have a Great Day All ;)

When Does The National Snow Contest End

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 :)

It’s a Three Way Race For King of The Snow Mountain

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!

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 :)

WJET 24 in Erie Catapults Snowballs Back at Syracuse and WSYR TV 9

First Off – A big Thanks to Jack Y. for your recent generous donation to the site. As always I cannot say enough how much I appreciate it and how they do offset the costs of the site and time spent on it. I’ve received many donations this month that have helped out and it’s nice to know that the site and hours that go into it is appreciated. Thanks again Jack and to the rest of you :)
3/28 Erie Sets up The Catapult and Fires Away - It was Erie, Pa’s turn to launch some snowballs in the direction of Syracuse this time and Dave Belmondo was more than happy to step up to the snow mountain and fire away :) If you read below you will see that Andrew Donovan from Syracuse’s channel 9, WSYR was the first to throw a snowball at David Belmondo and the city of Erie. Erie who is in first place right now with some more snow in their forecast wasn’t going to just sit by and take the pounding from second place Syracuse, NY. Below are both video’s of some fun back and forth going on between Erie and Syracuse. Ut Oh, Erie has even gone a little further than Da’Cuse looking for a little help from Bishop Persico, lol. I’m loving it and Let the snowballs fly ;)

If the video doesn’t work for you, try hitting refresh or click the link below.
3/27 Syracuse Launches the First Attack – The snow race got a little bit closer this last update and once again Erie can hear footsteps coming up the snow mountain. Syracuse has closed the lead to just a little over an inch now and no doubt time is running out for all of the cities. Erie is still the King of the snow mountain as they have been most of the season.

I’m liking that some of the local news stations are starting to throw snowballs at each other and Syracuse started it yesterday with Channel 9 in Syracuse doing a little bit of trash talking with David Belmondo from WJET in Erie, PA. All in fun of course and that’s what the snow contest is about. Here is a clip of that and lets wait and see if David Belmondo has a few snowballs up his sleeve to toss back at Syracuse. Kind of seems like I am trying to instigate a good snowball fight doesn’t it ;) Of Course I AM!!!

If you get an Error with the video you can click on the link below to watch it.

I think I heard something about part 2 on Channel 9 news in Syracuse with Erie’s respond tonight. Stay tuned because I’m reading about more snow in the air come the end of the weekend. Have a Great Weekend Everyone :)

Mother Nature Sneezed Again Erie’s 5th Snowiest Season Ever

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Updated 3/26 2 PM - I think if Syracuse ever goes ahead of Erie again I am going to get Mother Nature some antibiotics to take care of that sneeze once and for all :)

Erie, PA has jumped back into the snow lead as of yesterdays snow stats from NOAA and the crown is still warm from the last time they were the King of The Mountain. Right now Erie has a 2 inch lead on last seasons snow champ, Syracuse, NY. It’s starting to feel like I am watching a tennis match with all this back and forth going on right now rather than a snowball fight. Will that 2 inches be enough to hold off Syracuse come the next update a little later on?

Syracuse received some snow but most of it was after midnight which isn’t being reported yet. Erie may also have some more snow to add to their totals so it should be interesting come the next update.

Erie also received enough snow to make this their 5th snowiest season on record. They now have 133.1 inches on the season passing the 1993 – 1994 snow season which had 131.3 inches. WTG Erie and Congrats ;) Stay Tuned!
Updated 3/24 - I said just a week or so ago that the snow race was so close that all it would take is for Mother Nature to sneeze over Syracuse for them to take the lead. Ummm, God Bless You Mother Nature ;) Syracuse has taken the lead away from Erie, PA and is now sitting alone on top of the snow mountain. Don’t worry though Erie, maybe Mother Nature has a cold and all it will take is another sneeze for you to be back on the top of the snow mountain.

This is the first time since around the middle of December that Erie hasn’t been the Snow King. Time is running out but cold air is still in the forecast for at least a few more days if not more. Only 2 tenths of an inch separate Syracuse and Erie from the top spot now. No doubt this will be/is one of the closest contests we have had so far. WTG Syracuse ;)

Congrats to Billings, Montana on setting the record for the snowiest season ever on record. Billings has had 99.1 inches of snow fall so far this season breaking the old record set back in the 1996-1997 season of 98.7 inches. WTG Billings and that 100 inch mark is right around the corner or should you go for a HOT 101.9 for the season ;) Thanks for the heads up McLovin from HOT 101.9 in Billings, Montana. Maybe they should give away a prize if the season ends at 101.9 inches. Come on, put up Hot 101.9 :P

Stay Tuned and Have a Great Night :)

Breaking News – Syracuse Finally on Top of Snow Mountain BUT

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Updated 3/21 5:30 PM - It looks like we have a New King of The Snow Mountain for the first time in more than 3 months. WAIT, We actually have 2 Kings of the snow mountain right now ;) Syracuse, last seasons comeback city has now tied Erie and is sharing the top spot as of the last update from the National Weather Service. What a run for Erie, PA on the top of the mountain and they still don’t want to move. WTG Erie! It’s not even close to being over yet and is still up for grabs. Go Syracuse, Go Erie :)

Can Erie hold on that long though is the question? Syracuse has melted away most of Erie, PA’s lead now. Erie leads Syracuse, NY by just a few snowflakes. As of the last update the lead was cut to just 0.3 tenths of an inch. Maybe a better question is can Erie hold on when the next update comes out. It’s been snowing off and on in the Syracuse area and if it hasn’t been snowing in Erie there is a good possibility that we may have a lead change for the first time in a long time. IS IT SNOWING IN ERIE?

Looking back at my snow stats it looks like Erie, PA has held on to the lead since at least December 15th, 2013 which is most likely the longest any city has held the lead since I started The Golden Snow Globe. The last city to hold it before Erie was Billings, Montana who was the King of the snow mountain on December 11th, 2013. No doubt it will be interesting come the next update.

Below are some good stats going up until March 13th, when Dave sent them to me as to how the season has played out so far between Erie, PA and Syracuse, NY.  According to Dave and the stats below Erie, PA had their biggest lead over Syracuse on January 17th with 28.7 inches.  Thanks to Dave Meyer for putting the stats together, Thanks Dave :)

Erie, PA Snowfall Syracuse, NY Snowfall
Day Snow Total Day Snow Total Difference
Dec-13 1 0 15.6 Dec-13 1 0.2 14.5 1.1
2 0 15.6 2 0 14.5 1.1
3 0 15.6 3 0 14.5 1.1
4 0 15.6 4 0 14.5 1.1
5 0.2 15.8 5 0 14.5 1.3
6 2.1 17.9 6 0.2 14.7 3.2
7 0 17.9 7 0.6 15.3 2.6
8 0 17.9 8 0.2 15.5 2.4
9 0 17.9 9 0.3 15.8 2.1
10 1.1 19.0 10 0 15.8 3.2
11 4.8 23.8 11 0.5 16.3 7.5
12 0.8 24.6 12 1.6 17.9 6.7
13 1 25.6 13 2.7 20.6 5.0
14 7.9 33.5 14 4.1 24.7 8.8
15 8.4 41.9 15 1.6 26.3 15.6
16 3.1 45.0 16 5.4 31.7 13.3
17 1.9 46.9 17 2.5 34.2 12.7
18 1.5 48.4 18 0.6 34.8 13.6
19 0 48.4 19 0 34.8 13.6
20 0 48.4 20 0 34.8 13.6
21 0 48.4 21 0 34.8 13.6
22 0 48.4 22 0 34.8 13.6
23 0.1 48.5 23 0.4 35.2 13.3
24 5 53.5 24 3.4 38.6 14.9
25 0.5 54.0 25 0.3 38.9 15.1
26 3.6 57.6 26 2.3 41.2 16.4
27 0.3 57.9 27 0.1 41.3 16.6
28 0 57.9 28 0 41.3 16.6
29 0 57.9 29 0 41.3 16.6
30 0.1 58.0 30 1.4 42.7 15.3
31 5.6 63.6 31 0.6 43.3 20.3
Jan-14 1 5.9 69.5 Jan-14 1 0.5 43.8 25.7
2 5.9 75.4 2 7.7 51.5 23.9
3 0 75.4 3 0.3 51.8 23.6
4 0 75.4 4 0 51.8 23.6
5 0 75.4 5 0 51.8 23.6
6 1.8 77.2 6 0.1 51.9 25.3
7 0 77.2 7 0 51.9 25.3
8 0.2 77.4 8 0 51.9 25.5
9 0.3 77.7 9 0.1 52.0 25.7
10 1 78.7 10 1.4 53.4 25.3
11 0 78.7 11 0 53.4 25.3
12 0 78.7 12 0 53.4 25.3
13 0 78.7 13 0 53.4 25.3
14 0 78.7 14 0 53.4 25.3
15 2.5 81.2 15 0 53.4 27.8
16 0.2 81.4 16 0 53.4 28.0
17 0.7 82.1 17 0 53.4 28.7
18 0.7 82.8 18 4.8 58.2 24.6
19 0.3 83.1 19 1.3 59.5 23.6
20 1.1 84.2 20 1.5 61.0 23.2
21 0.3 84.5 21 0 61.0 23.5
22 0.3 84.8 22 0 61.0 23.8
23 1.3 86.1 23 1.5 62.5 23.6
24 0.1 86.2 24 0.7 63.2 23.0
25 3.1 89.3 25 1.4 64.6 24.7
26 0.3 89.6 26 2.6 67.2 22.4
27 2.1 91.7 27 1.4 68.6 23.1
28 0 91.7 28 0 68.6 23.1
29 0 91.7 29 0 68.6 23.1
30 0 91.7 30 0 68.6 23.1
31 0 91.7 31 0 68.6 23.1
Feb-14 1 0.2 91.9 Feb-14 1 0.3 68.9 23.0
2 1.7 93.6 2 0 68.9 24.7
3 0.4 94.0 3 0 68.9 25.1
4 1.8 95.8 4 0 68.9 26.9
5 8.1 103.9 5 10 78.9 25.0
6 0.7 104.6 6 0 78.9 25.7
7 0 104.6 7 0 78.9 25.7
8 0 104.6 8 0 78.9 25.7
9 2.9 107.5 9 2.1 81.0 26.5
10 1 108.5 10 2.6 83.6 24.9
11 0 108.5 11 2.1 85.7 22.8
12 0 108.5 12 0 85.7 22.8
13 0 108.5 13 4.1 89.8 18.7
14 1.3 109.8 14 5.4 95.2 14.6
15 0.4 110.2 15 0.9 96.1 14.1
16 0.6 110.8 16 3.8 99.9 10.9
17 1.8 112.6 17 0 99.9 12.7
18 2.5 115.1 18 0.1 100.0 15.1
19 0 115.1 19 0 100.0 15.1
20 0 115.1 20 0 100.0 15.1
21 0 115.1 21 0 100.0 15.1
22 0 115.1 22 0 100.0 15.1
23 0 115.1 23 0 100.0 15.1
24 0.6 115.7 24 2.3 102.3 13.4
25 2.5 118.2 25 2.8 105.1 13.1
26 0 118.2 26 0.4 105.5 12.7
27 2.4 120.6 27 2.3 107.8 12.8
28 0 120.6 28 2.1 109.9 10.7
Mar-14 1 0.4 121.0 Mar-14 1 0 109.9 11.1
2 2.9 123.9 2 3.7 113.6 10.3
3 0 123.9 3 0.5 114.1 9.8
4 0 123.9 4 0.3 114.4 9.5
5 0 123.9 5 0.4 114.8 9.1
6 0 123.9 6 0 114.8 9.1
7 0 123.9 7 0 114.8 9.1
8 1 124.9 8 0 114.8 10.1
9 0 124.9 9 0 114.8 10.1
10 0 124.9 10 0 114.8 10.1
11 0 124.9 11 0 114.8 10.1
12 5.5 130.4 12 12.1 126.9 3.5
13 0 130.4 13 1.5 128.4 2.0

Have a Great Day Everyone :)

Snow For A Lot Of Cities in the US

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 :)
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 ;)