Leveling the snowy playing field

Sure, Albany and the other cities in the Golden Snowball competition are getting owned by Syracuse and its epic 173.5 inches of snow this year. Outlier season or not, the Salt City should dominate -- it averages 121 inches a year (lake effect!).

So let's level the snow field a bit. How would the upstate New York competition for snowiest winter stack up if the cities were competing against their typical totals? The table above shows the results.

OK, so Syracuse still crushes. But look at Albany in the #2 spot. Taste the cold reality of third place, Binghamton. Get in line, Rochester. And Buffalo, dude, you're better than this.

By the way: This season's total of 83.6 now ranks 12th 15th on the list of recorded snowfall seasons.

(Thanks, Rhea!)

Data via New York State Golden Snowball Award. Totals as of end of March 7.

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