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I was updating the snow stats last night and noticed that Amarillo, Texas is under a blizzard warning. I’m thinking of the snow that the northeast has received so far or should I say lack of snow received and just thinking how crazy this snow season has been.

From The National Weather Service For Amarillo, TX







A blizzard warning issued for Amarillo, Texas

Record temperatures are/were being broken all over the eastern half of the United States while some of the cities to the west are and have been getting snow all season. Spokane Washington moved into second place after yesterdays update as they flew up the snow mountain the last week or so. Not so unusual for Spokane to get some good snowfall though.

What is pretty unusual is seeing cities like Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amarillo, Texas, Reno, Nevada and several other cities ahead of the northeast cities right now as far as snow totals go. They are ahead of cities such as Syracuse, New York which on average is the snowiest big city in the United states with a population of 100,000 or more. Ahead of Erie, PA, Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY and Grand Rapids, Michigan which are some of the other snowiest big cities in the US. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy weather to say the least.

It looks like some colder air will finally be settling in sometime soon and may even stick around for awhile this time. It may be time to finally get the leaves raked up :)

Have a Great Weekend Everyone and as always – See Snow, Drive Slow.

Snowiest Top 5 Cities in the United States 2015 – 2016

Here it November 6th and we finally have a Top 5 list for the snowiest Big cities in the nation. The current list would have been from the end of the day on the 5th for most of the cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest.

Anchorage, Alaska continues to add to their lead and added another inch of snow since the last update. It seems like Anchorage either gets quite a bit of snow or next to nothing each season. Anchorage did win the snow contest back in the 2011 – 2012 snow season with 134.5 inches of snow.

Snowiest US Cities with Snow

Denver, Colorado slipped past Syracuse, New York picking up an inch of snow since the last update. That was the measurable snow for Denver this season. Syracuse is stuck at 0.4 inches right now and I’m sure that the temperatures being in the 70′s in the northeast has something to do with that. Record temps have been set the last few days for several cities in the northeast and I’m guessing they are in no hurry to stop breaking them.

Rochester, Minnesota remains in 4th place at 0.2 inches and the other newcomer to receive snow this season besides Denver is Cleveland, Ohio which is showing 0.1 inches so far for the 2015 – 2016 snow season. Welcome to the new snow season Denver and Cleveland. Cleveland’s snow may be an adjustment or an error because they weren’t showing snow as of the last update so that may change.

Golden Snow Globe Cities Below Average Snow

Almost all of the cities in the National Golden Snow Globe contest are below their average snowfall for this date, but I don’t expect that to last much longer. Remember, the National snow contest is for cities with a population of 100,000 or more as of the 2010 census. If you know of a Big city that we may be missing that has snow already this season then feel free to add a comment to this post and let me know ;)

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Stay Tuned and have an Awesome day everyone!

Congrats to Syracuse, New York on being the second Big city with a population of 100,000 or more to get some snow for the new 2015 – 2016 snow season. Anchorage, Alaska started off this season’s snow contest a little while back picking up 2.8 inches of snow.

Syracuse, NY is reporting 0.4 inches for yesterday, 10/18 and although it isn’t a lot of snow it is enough to move them into second place in the Golden Snow Globe contest. A few smaller towns not too far from Syracuse received up to 9 inches of snow.

With the cold in the air, there were a lot of snowflakes falling, but so far Syracuse is the only city to report measurable snow in the last couple of days. If you know or hear of any other cities with a population of 100,000 or more please leave a comment here to let us know and Thanks ;)

So after the last couple of days with the cold air that blew into the north and northeast we now have a bunch of cities that have received some snowflake to give them a trace of snow. 18 of the Golden Snow Globe cities are reporting at least a trace of snow. We are off to a good start and I have a feeling it’s going to be a fun snow contest once again this season :)

Stay Tuned and Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

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!

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I had a chance this weekend to talk to Kim Buttrick who is the person in charge of the CoOps at the Boston NWS office about Lowell, Ma’s snow stats. The obvious question was why did Lowell’s snow totals rise a couple of inches and to find out if it was was I thought, an adjustment or correction from a previous date.

I’ve talked to Kim a couple of times and she is such a nice person and really takes the time to clarify things for me. This time she went over all of the data that was reported along with explaining to me how it works as far as getting reports from Lowell which explained a lot ;)

Kim told me that the person that takes the measurements for Lowell, MA which are recorded at the Water Treatment Plant there will punch in the numbers each day using the phone. There are times when mistakes are made punching in the snow data and that is why they also fill out a manual form so that they have a hard copy of it also.

Kim then compares the data that was punched in by phone with the hard copy form that she receives each month with the written snow totals. She then makes any corrections or adjustment that need to be made. I see several NWS Offices making adjustments for several cities throughout the season and always have since I have been keeping the snow totals for the cities. Obviously the reason this one stands out so much is because the correction put Lowell in the lead. There is no conspiracy going on by the NWS and I can assure you they have no interest in the snow contest or the outcome of it ;)

Kim told me that there were a few corrections throughout the season for Lowell but the two that made the difference were what I posted below. March 22nd a correction was made and 1.5 inches of snow was added. Another was made on March 29th where 0.5 inches was added to Lowell’s snow totals. The math adds up giving Lowell the 2 new inches of snow which put them in the lead as of my last update.

A Big Thank You Kim for helping us out and explaining how things work with the NWS and also for taking the time to do so. Thanks Kim :)

OK, now that the controversy is cleared up it’s time to talk about when the snow contest ends. Normally I will call it a wrap by now but with the lead only half an inch I don’t feel comfortable calling it yet. IMO the chances are pretty good that the snowfall is over for Lowell, Worcester and Syracuse but I think I am going to ride it out a little longer. It’s been a pretty funky snow season for a lot of cities and I want to make sure the funkiness is over ;) For now Lowell is in the lead and stay tuned for any update or maybe even some more adjustments ;)

Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

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Congrats to Lowell, Massachusetts on taking the lead in the National snow contest. Yup, you read it right and Lowell is the new leader right now in the 2014-2015 Golden Snow Globe snowiest Big city in the US contest.

Contrary to what you may have read in a few articles, the snow contest goes on like it or not until the last snow flake falls :) . Yes, the National snow contest is still going on and while you all have been enjoying the warm weather I am still sitting at the computer crunching numbers. OK, not really and I am enjoying the nice weather but I do check the snow stats every now and then.

I’ve have been checking the snow stats every now and then and for whatever reason had a feeling that Lowell was going to have some kind of adjustment to their snow totals. This happens with a lot of the cities throughout the snow season and adjustments were made a few times this season with Lowell, Ma.. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been snowing there so no doubt adjustments were made.

I took a look back to see if I could tell when the adjustments were made. The best I could come up with is that perhaps snow was added for the dates of March 22nd and March 29th. On March 22nd Lowell shows 1.5 inches of snow and on March 29th there is 0.5 inches being reported. Tha would add up to the 2.0 inches of new snow that must have been added to Lowell’s snow totals.

Syracuse, NY and Worcester, Ma were in a tie for the top spot in the snow contest up until this last update. I don’t think Syracuse and Worcester natives are going to be happy campers getting bumped down a spot after camping out on top of the snow mountain together since around April 24th.

Frost is on the forecast for tonight in parts of the North East and it will be interesting to see if any of the cities can throw in some snow while it’s that cold. Hard to believe that some of the cities are going from 80+-degree weather to maybe below freezing in a matter of a day or two.

Will there be anymore adjustment or snow falling? Stay Tuned, The Snow Contest Lives and Congrats to Lowell on Taking the Lead ;)

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Syracuse and Worcester Share Top Spot in National Snow Contest

It’s official according to the National Weather Service as of yesterday’s snow stats we have a tie between Worcester, Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York. As of Right now the score is 119.7 to 119.7 :)

So for Now, Congrats to Syracuse on playing catch up and getting just enough snow to move to the top of the Golden Snow Globe mountain. Worcester has held the top spot alone for quite some time now. Let’s hope that Worcester is happy to have some company (Not) and that both of you can play nice together.

I’m guessing that both Syracuse and Worcester are still making snowballs in hopes of at least one more snowball fight to see which city can claim the bragging rights as the snowiest Big city (pop of 100,000) in the United States.
Don’t forget about Lowell, MA either because it won’t take a whole lot of snow for them to sneak past both Syracuse and Worcester.

Good Luck and Stay Tuned ;)

Updated 4/24 5:30 PM – The new snow stats just came out for Syracuse and it looks like….. Maybe I’ll just leave it at that to keep everyone in suspense ;) OK, that would be mean! Worcester holds on for now and can keep camping out at the top of the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain. For now anyways ;)


Updated 4/24 1:00 PM – WTG Worcester on defending the top on the snow mountain yesterday. Worcester was able to hold off Syracuse, NY’s late season charge and still holds on to a 0.1 inch lead. Yup, just one tenth of an inch separates the two cities now in the Golden Snow Globe contest.

I’m hearing reports that Mother Nature sneezed over Syracuse a couple of times during the early morning hours so the next update will be really interesting. Will there be a new King of the Snow Mountain or can Worcester hold on to the top spot until the end of the snow season whenever that may be ;) I have a feeling that Syracuse may have gotten just enough snow to either take the lead or perhaps maybe even a tie which I think would be pretty cool :)

No doubt this has been the most exciting season since the National snow contest started up several seasons back. Stay Tuned for an update when the National Weather Service posts the new snow stats for today :)

Updated 4/23 5:20 PM - Syracuse is reporting 0.5 inches of new snow for a new total of 119.6 as of 5:00 PM. Worcester holds on for now by only one-tenth of an inch… STAY TUNED and YES I am loving this :)

Looking at the radar over the Syracuse area it looks like Lake Ontario is still putting out as I type..
We are just minutes away from finding out if Syracuse has melted away some of Worcester, MA’s lead. I know the anticipation is killing the folks in Worcester and Syracuse right now, myself included as we wait for the National Weather Service to update the new snow stats on their site. It has been snowing in Syracuse but was/is it enough to catch up to Worcester, MA or maybe even take the lead. Stay tuned because as soon as they come out I will be posting them right here.

Worcester had a slim lead over Syracuse, New York of just 6 tenths of an inch as of the end of yesterday, 4/22/2015. I’m seeing a couple of different new totals for Syracuse right now so as always I am going to be on the safe side and wait until the NWS posts the new totals on their website.

No new snow was being reported for Syracuse for yesterday so this next update which will be coming out in about half an hour will include any snow that fell after midnight and normally includes any snow that has fallen up until around 4:00 – 5:00 PM. I’m pretty sure that Worcester, Ma has no new snow to report for the fact that the good folks from Worcester that are in our FaceBook snow group seem to be a little anxious to see what Syracuse has to report this next update. Fell free to join the group, the conversation and the fun in our group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/861746940543642/

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OK, I thought with the snow contest being this close that it would be interesting to see how an average (no such thing as average ;) ) April is for the Top 7 cities in the snow contest this season.

Below is how April normally plays out for the cities listed including what the record snowfall is for April and the season that it happened. I went with the current Top 7 snowiest big cities in the country as of 4/2/2015.

I was a little surprised to see that Rochester, New York on average receives the most snow in April out of the cities listed below. I was also surprised to see that Rochester and Boston have the highest snowfall for April in the past seasons. With the National snow contest this close, it will be fun to see how April plays out :)

All of the stats are from the National Weather Service. The dates next to the city name is the date that the NWS started keeping records for that city I believe.

April Average Snowfall and Record snowfall for Top 7 Cities

Worcester, MA – 1891 – 1892
Average – 2.9
Max – 21.0 – 1987
Syracuse, NY – 1901 – 1902
Average 3.5
Max 16.4 – 1983
Lowell, MA – 1888 – 1889 (Lots of seasons missing)
Average – 1.7
Max – 19.2 – 1997
Buffalo, NY – 1884 – 1885
Average – 2.9
Max – 15.0 1975
Boston, MA – 1890 – 1891
Average – 1.3
Max – 22.4 – 1997
Erie, PA – 1892 – 1893
Average – 2.7
Max – 19.3 – 1901
Rochester, NY – 1870 – 1871
Average – 3.8
Max – 25.1 – 1874

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Worcester, MA picked up another 2.4 inches of new snow yesterday to slip past Syracuse, NY and Lowell, MA to move into the #1 spot on the snow mountain. WTG Worcester ;)

Worcester is now blowing away Syracuse by 0.1 of an inch of snow. OK, blowing away may be a bit strong but I am impressed at how close the 2014-2015 snow race is right now and every tenth of an inch matters right now. Here we are just a couple of days away from April and there are still plenty of cities still getting snow across the country.

Every snowflake counts right now because sooner or later (later :( ) the warm air has to move into the U.S. and stay for good. Right now, less than an inch of snow separates the Top 3 cities in the snow contest which are Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York.

In my opinion, there are at least 5 cities still in the running for the National Snow King title for snowiest Big cities and perhaps even 7 cities depending on how the next several days play out. Syracuse has been pretty quiet the last few days while a few of the other cities have been slowly adding to their totals. Buffalo has been closing the gap on Syracuse which could play out big time in the NY Golden Snowball snow contest.

Stay Tuned because this snow race is far from being over. I just hope I am not counting snowflakes til the end of June ;) Have a Great Day All…