CONTEST STATUS - Updated: TUE ... 01-SEP-20 @ 11 AM EDT

Winter '20 / '21 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
22nd Annual 'Snow Storm' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Season starts when flakes start a'flyin'
Watch this space

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20th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Window for entries opens on 01-NOV-20 @ 12:01 AM EDT and closes on 30-NOV-20 at 11:59 PM EST

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Winter '19 / '20 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
21th Annual 'Snow Storm' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Season ended as quickly as it started.
No winner this go'round ... too few storms (minimum of three required)

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19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL Results here

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Winter '20 / '21 - How Arctic Amplification Affects the Polar Vortex

 "AER explains how accelerated Arctic warming, known as Arctic amplification, is increasingly disrupting the polar vortex, leading to widespread severe winter weather across the Northern Hemisphere’s mid-latitudes."

 https://youtu.be/EMeI4N5dui4

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Winter '20 / '21 - Outlooks

Thread updated periodically as new outlooks and forecasts become available from a variety of credible sources.

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CDC ...


La Nina-ish

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The Old Farmer's Almanac ...
The Atlantic Corridor (Region 2)
Will It Be a Snowy Winter?
“Sheets of sleet!” In the Atlantic Corridor (extending from Boston to Richmond), the prediction is mostly below-normal snowfall, with precipitation at near-normal levels.

Will We Have an Especially Cold Winter?
Winter temperatures will be above normal, on average, which means some typically-chilly winter rainy periods.

The Northeast (Region 1)
Will It Be a Snowy Winter?
“It’s Snow Time!” Get excited, folks in the Northeast! We can’t spill the beans on the entire forecast, but snow lovers should be very excited!

Will We Have an Especially Cold Winter?
Cold is to be expected during winter, but this coming one will be colder than normal in the northern part of the region and not quite so cold in the south.


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: FINAL Results

Congratulations to Herb @MAWS for his 1st Place finish.
Herb also placed first in '03 / '04 and '09 / '10.

Forecasters ranked by their Total Absolute Error (TAE)
The '%MPRV over PORN' metric indicates how well the forecaster did compared to climatology [(Period-of-Record Normal (PORN)].  The most skillful forecasts beat climatology 

RED ==> 75th percentile
WHITE ==>  interquartile range (>25th & < 75th percentiles)
BLUE ==> 25th percentile

Forecasters' stations with the lowest absolute error


Season-total snowfall from all stations (551") came in 41% below the period-of-record normal (929").  Winter '19 / '20 ranks 15th among other Contest years since winter '04 / '05 ... the season when BGR and BGM were added to the station list.

Forecaster verification table at the Contest web site (direct link)

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PRIZES
1st place prize (delivered post-paid right to Herb @MAWS front door):
"Snow in America" by Bernard Mergan (hardcover) and
"The Snow Booklet" by Nolan J. Doesken and Arthur Judson (paperback) and
... the august title 'Chief Season-total Snowfall Forecaster' for Winter '20 / '21 and
... a well-deserved place of honor with past Contest winners.

2nd place prize (delivered post-paid right to Shillelagh/s front door):
"New England Weather, New England Climate" by Greg Zielinski and Barry Keim (paperback)

3rd place prize (delivered post-paid right to Jessica_Cain/s front door):
"The Snow Booklet" by Nolan J. Doesken and Arthur Judson (paperback)

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Prizes winners should contact me (newxsfc [at] comcast [dot] net) with a USPS address.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: Preliminary STP Verification

Preliminary sum-total season snowfalls for the verification period 01-DEC-19 though 31-MAR-20 collected from monthly climate bulletins (CLMxxx; CXUS51 ... CXUS52).


One forecast station (4% of all stations) with bonus season-total snowfalls [more than Period-Of-Record-Normal (P-O-R-N)].
Rank ordered descending by percent of P-O-R-N.

Green ==> 75th percentile
White ==> Interquartile range (< 75th & > 25th percentiles)
Red ==> 25th percentile

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Please report any errors in Comments along with a link to the correct data.
FINAL results expected NLT SAT evening.

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Winter '19 / '20 monthly snow totals
DEC:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals
JAN:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals
FEB:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: FEB Totals
MAR:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: MAR Totals

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: MAR Totals

MAR-20 snowfall summary by forecast station.
Rank ordered descending by percent of monthly period-of-record-normal (P-O-R-N).


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Green ==> 75th percentile
White ==> less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile (inter-quartile range)
Red ==> 25th percentile

Obs reported as 0.05" implies Trace

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MAR Forecast Station Highlights
No station observed more than 100% of its monthly normal snowfall.

Biggest losers (0")
PHL
BWI
ACY
DCA
RIC
SBY
RDU
ORF

P-O-R-N v. Observed (less than 15%)
PVD:  (6.8'' v. 0.4'')
IAD:  (3.5'' v. 0.05'')
NYC:  (4.9'' v. 0.05'')
EWR:  (5.1'' v. 0.05'')
BDR:  (5.5'' v. 0.05'')
ABE:  (6'' v. 0.05'')
MDT:  (6.5'' v. 0.05'')
BOS:  (8'' v. 0.05'')

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Season-total

MAR P-O-R-N contributes 184" (20%) toward the season-total snowfall (D-J-F-M) of 929".
MAR-20 observed snowfall:  66" (36% of P-O-R-N; 7% of season-total snowfall)

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Teleconnections
No contest-worthy storms in MAR.

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Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals
Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals
Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: FEB Totals

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: FEB Totals

FEB-20 snowfall summary by forecast station.
Rank ordered descending by percent of monthly period-of-record-normal (P-O-R-N).


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Green ==> 75th percentile
White ==> less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile (inter-quartile range)
Red ==> 25th percentile

Obs reported as 0.05" implies Trace

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FEB Forecast Station Highlights
CAR
- The observed 33" snowfall is 146% of its monthly P-O-R-N of 22.6".
- about one-third its season-total normal

BGM
- The observed 25.2" snowfall is 140% of its monthly P-O-R-N of 18".
- about one-third its season-total normal

BTV
- The observed 21.4" snowfall is 123% of its monthly P-O-R-N of 17.4".
- about one-third its season-total normal

RDU
- The observed 2.5" snowfall is 109% of its monthly P-O-R-N of 2.3".
- 38% its season-total normal

Biggest losers
DCA:  0"

Observed v P-O-R-N (less than 15%)
ORH:  (2.5'' v 17.8'')
RIC:  (0.5'' v 3.9'')
BOS:  (0.5'' v 12.6'')
BDL:  (0.4'' v 12.9'')
SBY:  (T v 3.4'')
ACY:  (T v 6.3'')
BWI:  (T v 6.8'')
IAD:  (T v 7.2'')
PHL:  (T v 7.4'')
NYC:  (T v 8.9'')
BDR:  (T v 9'')
EWR:  (T v 9.1'')
MDT:  (T v 9.3'')
ABE:  (T v 9.9'')
PVD:  (T v 10.2'')
DCA:  (0'' v 5.4'')

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Season-to-Date

FEB P-O-R-N contributes 262" (28%) toward the season-total snowfall (D-J-F-M) of 929".
FEB-20 observed snowfall:  124.2" (47% of P-O-R-N; 13% of season-total snowfall)

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Teleconnections

No contest-worthy storms in FEB.

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Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals
Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals

JAN-20 snowfall summary by forecast station.
Rank ordered descending by percent of monthly period-of-record-normal (P-O-R-N).


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Green ==> 75th - 100th percentile
White ==> less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile (inter-quartile range)
Red ==> 0 - 25th percentile

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JAN Forecast Station Highlights
CAR
- JAN/s 31.5" 131% of its monthly P-O-R-N of 24.1".
- about one-third its season-total normal

Biggest losers (again)
SBY ... ORF (0")

Observed v P-O-R-N (less than 15%)
BWI:  (0.2" v 5.9")
PHL:  (0.2" v 7.1")
RDU:  (T v 2.5")
RIC:  (T v 5")
ACY:  (T v 6")

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Season-to-Date

JAN P-O-R-N contributes 279" (30%) toward the season-total snowfall (D-J-F-M) of 929".
JAN-20 observed snowfall:  136.2" (49% of P-O-R-N; 15% of season-total snowfall)

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Teleconnections

Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - Snow Storm #2: Outlook


UPDATE: 16-JAN-20 @ 7 PM EST
Progs trending away from a contest-worthy event.

Outside chance the evening runs will proffer a better solution.  Otherwise ... we/re back to waiting.

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Original post (15-JAN-20 @ 2:55 PM EST)
Third time's a charm ... three on a match ... ménage à trois ... three to get ready ... or whatever; another chance for this winter/s second and long-awaited contest-worthy snow storm appears in the offing over the upcoming weekend.

Latest progs from national and international numerical weather prediction models covering the medium range distribute more than nuisance snowfalls over two-thirds of the forecast area.

Mixed precipitation associated with over-running  / isentropic ascent and the possibility for development of a secondary surface LOW in the nearshore waters along the Gulf of Maine will present forecasters with multiple precipitation-type challenges.

Should short range model guidance continue the currently favorable medium-range scenario ...

Call for Forecasts would be issued on THU ... 16-JAN-20.
Deadline for entries would be 10:00 PM EST ... FRI ... 17-JAN-20
Verification would begin: 12:01 AM EST ... SAT ... 18-JAN-20

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NEWxSFC web site here

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals

DEC-19 snowfall summary by forecast station.
Rank ordered descending by percent of monthly period-of-record-normal (P-O-R-N).

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Green ==> 75th - 100th percentile
White ==> less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile (inter-quartile range)
Red ==> 0 - 25th percentile

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DEC Forecast Station Highlights
BDL
- DEC/s 22" was 224% above its monthly P-O-R-N of 9.8"
- almost half its season-total normal

ORH
- DEC/s 27.6" was 223% above its monthly P-O-R-N of 14.4"
- 46% of its season-total normal

ALB
- DEC/s 27.9" was 205% above its monthly P-O-R-N of 13.6"
- half its season-total normal

Biggest losers
ORF & RDU:  0"

Observed v P-O-R-N (less than 15%)
PHL:  0.1" v 3.6"
SBY:  0.05" v 1.6"
MDT:  0.2" v 5.6"
RIC:  0.1" v 1.9"
BWI:  0.3" v 3.1"
DCA:  0.4" v 2.7"

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Season-to-Date

DEC P-O-R-N contributes 203.3" (22%) toward the season-total snowfall (D-J-F-M) of 929".
DEC-19 observed snowfall:  224.6" (10% above P-O-R-N; 24% of season-total snowfall)

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Teleconnections