Daily Rants and Raves
5/4 - I'm not quite sure whether we would rather have snow or all the rain we have been getting lately. Sunshine is just around the corner so hang in there. Just think, about our year in CNY. Beginning in January - March a few months of snow, April - May a couple of months of rain, June - September a few months of sun and thunderstorms, October - December more snow. Who would want to live here in the state of NY. Those of us who know how Special and Great New York is. I better go shut the windows now, it's raining again (still).
5/1 - It's a Wrap!!! Congrats goes out to Syracuse for winning this years Golden Snowball award. One again they prevail in having the most snowfall for the season. Unfortunately, the overall snowfall record wasn't broken. Buffalo still holds the title of big city total snow in a season at 199 inches in 1977. Some of us really thought the 200 inch mark would be toppled this season. I have to say that I am a little disappointed that it wasn't broken but I am also ready for this nice weather to stick around. A super huge thumbs up for Rochester who had a respectable total of 125.6 inches. As for Albany with 65.1 inches I suppose you can just consider yourselves lucky this year. I would still like to know why our elected officials couldn't pass a budget on time again this year, they sure can't say they were to busy shoveling.
We're hoping to meet up with the city officials in the very near future to give them the winning check for $100.00 and to perhaps get some pictures of some of the city officials with the trophy. Stay tuned for an update on that. Hey, enjoy the nice weather all!!!
4/16 - The contest is puttering out quickly now! I'm even starting to cave in now and have doubts about hitting any kind of record for total snowfall for the Syracuse area. I know how disappointed you all must be. Yea right, like you haven't been out golfing, fishing, strolling and so on. Maybe a freak storm will revive things but I won't hold my breath. Sorry about the lack of updates but I have been doing the same as the rest of you. Golfing, biking and just enjoying the nice weather that has finally arrived. 70's are in the forecast for the next couple of days with maybe an 80 degree day. Enjoy it before we get that freak snowstorm to push us over the record. Hey, I didn't say I caved in completely and gave up yet.
On a sports note. A SUPER big Congratulations goes out to the East Syracuse Minoa girls varsity softball team. They headed south to Myrtle Beach for a softball tournament spring break and walked away undefeated with the Championship Trophy. Way to go girls!!!
4/5 - THE CONTEST LIVES!!! I know you all didn't think things were over yet did ya's? Remember we live in NY and spring doesn't start till about August, just before fall begins. Wow Rochester!!! Over 4 inches of new snow. I bet that made your weekend. Pretty much everyone grabbed a little bit of new snow except for Albany over the weekend. Right now, Syracuse is only a little over 20 inches to break all the records for a single season and only 12.7 inches for its all time record. I know everyone is counting on it and could care less about the 50 degree temps. Right now I think the average temperature should be around 51 degrees. With the wind chill right now it is about 9 degrees outside Hey, Enjoy your week all! Read More Below
3/31 - Sorry about the lack of updates but I am just finally getting over the SU lost to Alabama Unfortunately there really isn't anything to update in the snowfall totals, or is that fortunately I would of liked to see the 200 inch mark reached this year but it is looking pretty slim now. Most likely we will see a few flurry's for the rest of the 2003 - 2004 season but I don't see 23 inches in the near future.
On the bright side, I was able to get out and watch a softball and baseball scrimmage already and the real high school season starts in 2 days weather permitting. Watch out this year for the ESM Girls softball team and the Boys JV team. They both look pretty good this year. Hmmm, should I change this into a sports section for the off season Enjoy the rest of the week all!
3/25 - I received an email from Dan letting me know some of my dates were wrong on the daily entries. I had 2/23, 2/22 and 2/21 instead of 3/23 and so on. Thanks Dan for pointing that out to me. I also received an email telling me to stop trying to prolong winter by setting the dates back to Feb to break the record It really was just a mistake by putting Feb instead of March, really A little bit of snow since the last update but nothing to really brag about. Yesterday was an awesome day in Syracuse. Sunny and 69 degrees. Today is cloudy and I think rain is in the forecast instead of snow. Could this be it for the record? Is the end near , Nah!!! Just remember we have had snow on Mothers Day before.
The day has come after a Longgggg wait for the SU Orangemen to defend the title again. I thought it would never get here. Come on SU, you can do it, you can do it baby. Defense is still going to be the key tonight to a victory. Alabama is fast so we have to get back on defense fast. If we do that everything else will fall into place. Jimmy, give me a call if ya need some tips Good Luck S.U.!!!
3/23 - A tenth of an inch here and there and that's about it. A heat wave is in the forecast with a possibility of it hitting 60 degrees on Thursday. Of course that's a little to far to plan ahead but I have to admit I am looking forward to some nice warm weather. Time to spruce up my golf clubs and get ready for my favorite outdoor game. Nice shiny clubs, shoes, spiffy looking pants and shirts. I figure I can't golf worth a crap so I might as well at least look good out there Here's to some nice weather
3/22 - All the cities but Albany received a touch of winter yesterday with Syracuse grabbing almost an inch and a half. Less that 2 feet of snow to go to reach the 200 mark. It's beginning to look slim however with 50 degree weather in the forecast towards the end of the week. I bet everyone just hates to here that Don't forget though, this is still New York and things can change in a blink of the eye. Have a Super week All!!!
3/21 - The goldensnowball.com site got it's first newspaper plug yesterday in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle yesterday. A big thanks to Jim Memmott for taking the time to contact me and giving a mention in his article about Spring As for snow, nothing to report in snowfall amts other than .1 inches for Syracuse. Snow is coming down as I type though so look for some new updated snowfall totals come tomorrow. Well we all couldn't wait for Spring to get here. It's here, now what. Well I'll tell ya what. Get out the shovels is what. We live in NY! What is Spring??? Actually spring weather is right around the corner. Just a few days and we should be hitting the 50's The kids are ready for the Baseball and Softball season to begin and it won't be too long. Really!
OK, now to College Hoops. The Colgate women's team IMO did themselves proud playing against a great Tennessee team. They did get beat but I thought they were impressive in putting up quite a bit of offense. Kudos' the Colgate team. The Orangemen also did an awesome job in beating Maryland. I don't know if coach Jim has something against blowing out a team but for some reason he likes to keep it close. I guess that makes it better for us, at least more exciting. One question though coach. Umm, is there a reason why we slow the ball down with 10 minutes left to kill the clock. Runnnnn with the ball, it was working, why change it??? Ok, that's my rant and a HUGE Congrats to the SU Orangemen. Sweet Sixteen Baby
3/20 - Not much to report other than Binghamton was the only city with any snow for yesterday. A Big Welcome to our visitors from Rochester today. You still have a good shot at beating last years total snowfall. Probably by this time of the season you would rather not and just jump right into Spring. I don't blame you with over 119 inches of snow so far on the season. We'll try to get another update later in the day. Have a Great Weekend all and enjoy the beginning of spring.
3/19 - Something about Binghamton's updated stats kind of impressed me. I'm sure you can figure it out but look at the totals for this season and last season. Yup, they have exactly the same amt of snow this year as they did last year on this date. What's the odds of that happening? As for the rest of us, a little under an inch since yesterday.
A super congrats goes out to SU for a great win over BYU. What a game and a super big pat on the back for Gerry who had a carreer high of 43 points. Awesome shooting. One thing to mention in sports as that so far the Big East is 7 - 0 in tourney play counting the NCAA and the NIT's. Go Big East!!! OOPS, I keep forgetting this is about weather
3/18 - Syracuse continues to inch it's way closer to the all time record of 199 inches that Buffalo holds the title to. They have a real good shot at breaking their own record of 192.1 inches that fell in the 92 and 93 season and the 200 inch mark is still a real possibility. A little bit of snow is still in the forecast for the rest of the week. Spring is in the air and just around the corner. I don't quite know where Spring is in the air but I'm sure it is someplace. Maybe Florida??? Rochester is getting closer to last years totals and Binghamton is just about ready to lap last years snowfall. Second place might get more interesting in the next couple of days because it looks like whatever snow we get will be more to the south than the north.
Today is the big day for the defending NCAA champions, Syracuse. GO ORANGEMEN!!! It should be a good game against BYU and hopefully the defense will shut em down. If not we could be in for some big trouble. DA CUSE is in the house Baby!!! Good Luck S.U.
3/17 - HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY ALL!!! The weatherman get an A for the forecast for yesterday. A lot of snow everywhere. Some of the updates we received for some cities are just up until midnight so look for the totals to change again. Buffalo was the big winner with over 14 inches and Rochester had a respectable 11.6 inches to report so far. Here in Syracuse up until midnight the report shows only 9.0 inches but that will change once a new update is reported. Looking at the driveway , my guess is it should be close to a foot or so of new snow. Right now the sun is shining but flurries are in the forecast foe most of the week I believe.
On another note, I had the privilege yesterday to talk to Jim Memmott at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester. He sounded like a super guy and I checked out some of his articles. It looks like Rochester is lucky to have a good writer in town. It was a pleasure talking with you Jim. They have a few cams at the Democrat and Chronicle site that are pretty cool to check out Rochester's and Buffalo's weather live. One view of the camera for Buffalo it looks like was taken over by a big hairy spider which was interesting to watch. If you go to the Buffalo cam, click on another view to get out of the preset view, then click back to the preset view, you might be lucky enough to see the hairy little beast in action. Anyways, you can check out the cams Here. Have a Great St. Patrick's Day all.
3/16 - Ut - Oh!!! It's about time to break out the shovels again. A March snowstorm is on the way. Probably hitting Buffalo and Rochester by now. It's just starting to snow here in Syracuse. The storm should drop at least 6 inches give or take 6 inches Jeeeeze, I'm starting to sound like a weatherman now. You know how it goes. The forecasts something like Daylight most of the day until nightfall in which there should be a 70 percent chance of darkness Anyways, most of us should be getting a significant amount of snow so take it slow on the roads and drive careful. SNOW means SLOW.
3/15 - More snow since last update and more on the way. Syracuse inches closer to the record and only a little over 37 inches to go. 3 - 6 inches is in the forecast for the area. Those who ended up going to the St Patrick's Day parade downtown had a blast. A blast of bitter cold and wind that is. Despite the cold we had a great time. This year didn't seem like as many people as last year but then again last year was a heat wave.
A big congrats to the Colgate women's basketball team who are in the women's NCAA for the 1st time I believe GO COLGATE!!! They get to play the number 1 seed Tennessee. UPSET, UPSET!!! Have a Super week all.
3/13 - Wow, 2 days in a row with snow to report all around. Syracuse once again the big winner with 3 inches since the last golden snowball update. Just a little over 3 feet to go to hit the 200 mark for the season. Time to head out to the St Patty's Day parade downtown. Ladies, if ya happen to run into me, I'm buying the rounds . Ok, a drink for the Gents too. Enjoy and dress warm. Gonna be freezing with the wind blowing. Don't forget the DD to get home!!!
3/12 - A little more snow for all of Central New York, yes even the capital. It might take a few storms to hit some records but the 200 inch mark is still in range. OK, enough about weather and lets get right to it. Yes the Orangemen What was that all about??? They lead most of the game and then poof it's over and I won't be watching SU this weekend. Jeeez what a disappointment! I was looking forward to hitting St Patrick's Day downtown and watching the game with the crowd. I suppose I'll get over it and will wait patiently for the NCAA tourney to start. Congrats to Boston for hanging in there and Congrats to SU for hanging tough when they were on the bubble for a bid but managed to beat some great teams to earn their way into the tourney. As for St. Patrick's day downtown. If you haven't been there, it's a must do and you'll have a great time Hopefully the weather will be like last year, but don't count on it. Have a Great Weekend All!!!
3/9 - FINALLY some snowfall to report. Get this! Albany was the Big winner with a little over 2 inches of snow. They are making their move on Syracuse Syracuse grabbed a little over an inch to move closer to the record but time is running against them. The other cities picked up a little bit. The race is back on after the long winter drought of 2004.
3/7 - Still not much to report but the nice warm weather is about to be a thing of the past for awhile anyways. Nothing but a trace of snowfall since the last update but snow is in the forecast so it's time to get this contest rocking again. We should be seeing some new totals in the next day or two. As always, Remember - SNOW MEANS SLOW - Drive Carefully an Buckle Up!!
1/12 - Wow, talk about a heat wave!!! It looks like we can take the Thermal underwear off for a day or two. The temperature has hit 30 degrees : ) After that below zero weather, it really feels great. Some towns in NY were 30 below zero or better. Just remember, Spring is just around the corner now, NOT! My apologies for slacking off on updating the Golden Snowball website this year. It should be good to go now ; ) We will do our best to keep it updated as much as possible. Have a Great Winter All!
3/4 - Wow, it's March already. The winter is just flying by but don't be fooled. More snow will be coming. The reason for now recent updates is obvious. The weather has been great and really nothing much to report lately on the golden snowball award. Temps are suppose to be dropping a bit soon so snow will be on the horizon. I can't believe all the snow has melted in the last week or so. The grass is finally showing again. I think the last time we were able to see it here in Syracuse was a day or two before Christmas.
2/27 - Ut-Oh, We've been slacking the last couple of days on the Golden Snowball updates. Sunshine has put a damper on the contest for now anyways Lots of sunshine in the forecast for the next few days Have a super weekend all and get outside and enjoy the weather while it lasts.
2/24 - Looking at Binghamton's snow fall stats I'm pretty impressed with how last years and this years stats are so close. Only a few inches separates them. Nothing over night to report Nice and sunny outside right now in Syracuse. Maybe we will get lucky again this year for the St Patrick's day parade and have the same weather as last year. It's quite a party downtown, ya don't want to miss it
2/23 - Binghamton was the big winner since the last report picking up an inch. It's getting to be a pretty close race for second place between Rochester and Binghamton's total snowfall for the season. Only 14 inches separate them. Syracuse moved just a hair closer to the record and the 200 inch mark picking up a little under half an inch of snow. This week as it stands right now looks to be a little lame as far as snowfall is concerned. And we all know the weathermen are usually right No Offense Mark
2/22 - Snow, Snow everywhere since the last weather update. Not a lot but a couple of inches for a few of the cities. Syracuse is back on track to set a record for the year. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing but it keeps things interesting. Enjoy what's left of the weekend all.
2/21 - Just a sprinkle here and there since the last Golden Snowball update. One thing I noticed is look at Albany's total snowfall for this year and last year. Jeeeze, talk about getting a break. They have only received a little more than half of what they received last year. One good thing is that all the law makers should of been able to make it to work everyday so the Budget should be on time this year I think we all know better! A little bit of the White Stuff is on the way
2/19 - Well as much as I like the snow I have to admit the last few days have been enjoyable with the sun shining. Visitors to the website have slowed down quite a bit in the last several days. People must have been out looking for that Gold Medallion to win a couple of grand. Time to stop looking. Someone found it I had an idea where it was , Really I did. That wasn't me at Green Lakes that you saw falling down the hill, really it wasn't Ok, so every year I look in the wrong place It still was nice to get outside though and enjoy the weather. Congrats to the winning family. I'll let my kids know the medallion was found in a couple of days. I told them where I thought it was hidden. They should have the snow off the roof in another day or two Hey the ceiling stopped leaking Have a Great Weekend All!
2/15 - I hope everyone had a Great Valentines Day yesterday. Just a little bit of snow since the last update but nothing to brag about, that's for sure. Sunny here in Syracuse but a cold front is on its way which will probably bring some new snow for most of us. And YES the roof is still leaking. Stay warm! By the way, the Gold Medallion contest for the Post Standard has started. The one who finds it can win up to $2000.00 if your a subscriber to the newspaper. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and maybe you'll be the lucky one to find it. Good Luck
2/13 - I hope no one is superstitious, I just noticed what today is when I typed the date Looking at the snowfall stats today, it looks like it's going to be a good race for second place between Rochester and Binghamton. Binghamton seems to keep creeping closer and closer every time I check. Remember everyone, this is still a race for the bragging rights even though Syracuse is in the lead right now. Here's a couple of scenarios to think about. Heavy lake effect snow that hits Buffalo and Rochester and then pushes up north before it hits Syracuse and they are in the race. More likely, a nor-eastern that comes up the coast and hits Binghamton and then heads east and misses Syracuse and Binghamton is right in the race. Ok, so I am reaching now Have a Great Week end All!!!
2/12 - I wanted to mention that I was fortunate enough to have a brief conversation with Journalist Sean Kirst the other day and Mark who does the weather at the paper. Both of them were awesome and more than willing to help out in giving me some information and seeing if they can get a little more. It was nice to hear that they have actually visited our site. I think I might of even heard them say it is their favorite site on the whole internet Ok, maybe they didn't say that but anyways, a Big Thanks to Sean and Mark for taking the time. It is appreciated!
- Not too bad of a weather update since the last one. Rochester grabbed enough snow to put them an inch away from 100 inches for the winter. Pretty respectable total Syracuse grabbed a few more to move them closer to the 200 inches of snowfall total. Albany can probably think about growing oranges year round if their trend keeps up
2/11 - Waiting for the official stats at the NWS to be updated to reflect this mornings snowfall. Right now just a little under an inch since the last update for most of the cities. Stay Tuned!
2/9 - Time to put the shorts on. Another heat wave has hit us. 30 plus degrees feels great : ) Of course it probably won't last too long so enjoy the weather while we can. I was just looking at the totals and started to think. Look out when I start to think : ( I'm just curious as to why people go south to Florida to get away from the snow. Look at the totals, they can just head over to Buffalo to get away from the snow
2/8 - Ut Oh! I missed another update yesterday, sorry about that. I must of been distraught from another Orangeman loss : ( Jeeeze, time to get out of the slump already : ( Anyways a couple of inches here and there for almost everyone. Rochester is creeping u-p slowly towards last years total snowfall. Way To Go Rochester! I'm starting to sound a little like the story below. Yesterday our second shovel broke for the year : ( It wasn't even shoveling, it was trying to knock the 6 foot icicles off of the house : ) Then I go to cook something and can't find a pan. I had to grab one from under the bay window ceiling which has been leaking from the roof for the last 3 days. Then there is a water main break a few miles up the road so we have to conserve water because it may be several days before they fix it. That shouldn't be a problem though, we can just use the water from all the pans under the bay window catching the leaking water ; ) Enjoy the rest of the weekend all!
2/6 - Another boring day for weather stats. Syracuse picked up a little over a trace and that was about it for all. Some freezing rain was around for awhile but nothing luckily not enough to make things bad. Jeeeze, it's raining now! A little bit of snow on the way. At least I can see some of the driveway now : ) Have a Great Weekend All!!!
Wow, mark yesterdays date down for next year! No snow to report for all the cities since the last update. What's even more interesting is checking last years total for the same time period, it was pretty much the same thing. February 2nd might become a favorite day for those of you who dislike snow. Yesterday was sunny all day and reasonably warm for a change. It won't last though, snow on its way ; )
2/5 - Well stats were easy to update today. Nothing of significance to report so I'll leave it at that : ) I think it is almost time to start a countdown to 200 inches though.
2/4 - The southern cities were the place to be for snow since the last update. Binghamton and Albany both set snowfall records for the date. Albany had just over 6 inches and Binghamton had 5.7 inches of snowfall on the day. Syracuse is slowly pushing their way towards the 200 inch mark : ) Hmmmm, is anyone else's roofs leaking with the warm up that we are having : ( Enjoy the warm weather while it's here!
2/3 - For those in the Syracuse area, if you didn't catch the article, the Great columnist Sean Kirst had a good article about the golden snowball and snowfall totals in yesterdays Post Standard paper which you can read here. Sean talks about the possibility of reaching 200 inches of snowfall. THAT'S 16 FEET of SNOW!!!
2/1 - Happy Super Bowl Day All!!! One question, shouldn't the day after the Super Bowl be a holiday or something. Is there a reason why the game has to start so late just to please the West Coast? Just think, the game will end around 9 - 10 pm there and probably around midnight here. What's up with that? Ok enough ranting, for now anyways ; ) Syracuse grabbed a little over 14 inches since the last weather update, Rochester had an impressive 6.3 inches, Buffalo grabbed a few and Binghamton and Albany whimped out on us : ( We also decided to add the stats for last years totals at this time of year. It's pretty interesting! Syracuse which got pounded last year is about 3 feet over last years total for the date and Albany has received almost half less than it did last year. The rest are pretty close. Just some interesting stats we thought. Enjoy the day! And what about the Fulton area, jeeeze, around 6 feet of snow last we heard. Whether you like the snow or not, ya gotta feel for them.
1/31 - We all got a little bit of a break yesterday. Not a lot to report other than Buffalo had a little over a couple of inches of snow. Maybe it is their turn to start getting into the Golden Snowball contest. Its been snowing all morning here in snowy Syracuse so tomorrows update should be a good one. I don't think I have seen the grass since a little after Christmas. Almost getting to be about that time to start tuning up the Lawn Mowers, NOT!!! ; ) Drive Careful all and remember, "Snow-Go-Slow", unless your on a sled that is.
1/30 - Well we decided to get rid of the snowfall effects on our page. I'm not sure about all of you that visit here, but it was driving us nuts looking at it after awhile : ) Anyways, EVERYONE had some snow since the last update. Even Albany, Go figure. Several inches of snow for all to share. Wednesday night was the first night I've gotten stuck in our driveway. Must be because I stopped shoveling back in December. I did keep up with it for awhile though : ) I'm joking, my daughter almost always shovels now a days but didn't get around to it until after I had gotten stuck. And how about that UFO??? Did everyone see the UFO yesterday. We were just about to call and report it, then someone brought it to our attention that it was that thing we call the SUN. Yup, we had forgotten what it looked like its been so long since we've seen it ; ) Can we have 2 days in a row of sunshine?? Have a Great Weekend all and Drive safely!
1/23 - This is starting to turn into a run away now. The snow just keeps coming and coming in Syracuse now. Gotta love it though. Snowmobiling, sledding, skiing and tons of other great thing to do. I only wish I did some of them ; )
1/22 - Not too much to report since yesterday. It looks like some nasty or is that nice weather is around for at least a couple of days though. Lake effect snow is predicted for central New York with several inches accumulating. The trees are swaying big time with the gusty wind picking up.
1/20 - Syracuse kicked some major butt since the last update with over 7 inches of snowfall. Rochester didn't do too bad either picking up over 4 inches of snowfall. Not too much to report for Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany though. With Syracuse having an over 20 inch lead, I think it's time they should get a few days break. Ummmm, trust me, I mean that sincerely, Really, MY BACK IS SHOT! I'm off to shovel now : (
1/19 - Well it's coming down again or should I say still. Rochester was the winner yesterday picking up a little over 3 inches but I have a feeling Syracuse will be getting the most total snowfall for today. I think it's about time Albany concedes for the year. I think they are running neck and neck with Florida, jeeesh. The politicians are having it to easy not having to shovel in Albany. Lets all do a snow dance for Albany ; )
1/16 - Today is starting the same as yesterday did. Cold!!!! REALLY COLD!!! Keep the kids indoors, plenty of Hot Chocolate and Cookies ; ) When it gets this cold make sure all your skin is protected including your face. With wind temperature between 10 - 35 across the northeast it doesn't take long for some serious problems to occur. Is it just me or does it seem like the kids are home more than they are at school??? Enjoy another day off kids ; )
1/14 - One word sums today up and that word is BRRRRRRRRR!!!! Not quite sure how many R's in the word Brrrrrrrrr but however many it's not enough : ( Looks like we are all in for some cold weather for a few days. Everyone grabbed some more snow for the snowball contest since last update. Binghamton had over 3 inches reported to edge closer to second place. Will they catch Rochester?
1/13 - Everyone got a little bit of the white stuff since the last update yesterday. Binghamton grabbed over 3 inches to move closer to Rochester. Buffalo is really slacking off this year so far. I wonder if we should all do a snow dance for Buffalo to help them catch up to the rest of us : )o I'm sure they would appreciate it. How bout the Cuse last night over Missouri? Gotta love em!!!
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