CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SAT ... 14-APR-18 @ 9 PM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests

19th Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest
- FINAL Results here
1st Place: Brad Yehl
2nd Place: Don Sutherland
3rd Place: NWS ER WFOs
HM: Herb @MAWS

17th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
- FINAL Results here
1st Place: Don Sutherland
2nd Place: Mitchel Volk
3rd Place: Brad Yehl
Climo: 5th place

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

16th Annual 'Season-total'
FINAL results here

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter '09 / '10 - Snow Storm #3 - Final Results

NEWxSFC Senior forecaster ilibov has won this season/s third snowfall forecast contest with a SUMSQ error of 85.3"...a 52% improvement over the average SUMSQ error of 176". Ilibov/s Z-score was a very strong -1.711.

Ilibov also placed 1st in every other categoory. 'Total absolute error' 25.9" (Z-score: -1.850)...'average absolute error' of 1.08" per station (24 stations forecast)....'storm total precipitation' error 3.1"...and an R-SQ of 67.7%.

Ilibov had the lowest station errors @BWI and DCA.

Congratulations Ilibov!

2nd Place: Shillelagh (SUMSQ error: 137.4"; Z-score: -0.727)
3rd Place: millersville_bauers* (140.6"; -0.668)
Honorable Mention: nnjwxguy78 (150.3; -0.483)


Full forecast verification...storm summary...and final results at the Contest web site here.


Anonymous said...

Good work Ilibov. TQ you could add ACY to your list of stations that beat max forecast.

I've heard that RIC really had more than eight inches but I guess it blows away there (into the backyards of Easternuswx weenies apparently).

Slowly catching on to this snowfall forecasting, really thought RDU would get buried but a few miles away from the sleet boundary. -- Roger Smith

TQ said...

You are correct about ACY... Roger. Thanks for the eagle-eye.

You are also correct about RIC measuring more the 8". The added accums came early SUN AM with passage of the upper LOW; happened after the verification window closed.

The models really gave the mid-Atlantic a head fake by keeping the QPF suppressed so far south.

ACY observed 2nd highest storm-totals...yet the model runs closest to the event gave them virtually bupkis.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, wasn't meaning to suggest an error in the contest, just an error at RIC measuring the snow on the 30th, or more to the point, many reports from surrounding observers of 10-12 inch snowfalls, someone commented that the airport site suffers from being too exposed and the snow blows away.

I guess this is true of all airports (except BTV). -- RS

TQ said...

No apologies needed...Roger. This observation / question comes up from time to time.

RIC/s report seemed reasonable given the SN:H20 ratio was comparable to surrounding stations and amounts reported by CO-OP observers.