CONTEST STATUS - Last update: FRI ... 14-JUL-17 @ 8:30 PM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
19th Annual 'Regular Season'
Season starts when the first flakes start a'flyin'

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17th Annual 'Season-total'
Entries accepted between 01-NOV-17 and 30-NOV-17
Verification period: 01-DEC-17 through 31-MAR-18

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Winter '16 / '17 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
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18th Annual 'Regular Season'
FINAL results here
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16th Annual 'Season-total'
FINAL results here

Friday, December 14, 2007

Missed Opportunity

The deadline for Contest #2 is Saturday evening but in hindsight...it should have been Thursday evening given the respectable amount of snow that fell across SNE today.

Always hate to miss a good opportunity to hold a forecasting contest...especially given the dearth of decent events the past few years.

The NAM/s 00z Wednesday run continued it/s previous scenario for a marginal contest event (less than six (6) stations; nuisance snowfall) across the forecast area. The 12z GFS had shown good continuity from earlier runs but b/c we/re inside 48HRS...model consensus is an important factor when deciding whether an event is contest-worthy. NCEP and ALR/s servers were jammed Tuesday evening when the 00z Wednesday runs were posted and the GFS was not accessable.

Next go'round...when there/s uncertainty about how the event might unfold...a 'call for forecasts' will be issued and if it later becomes apparent the storm is heading for the crapper...the contest will be canceled.

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