Snowfall forecasting contests for 27 stations across New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions ... since 1999
CONTEST STATUS - Updated: MON ... 30-MAY-16 @ NOON ET
Winter '15 / '16 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
--- 17th Annual 'Regular Season'
Season has ended. No FINAL results this year. Too few storms (2).
According to the two-thirds rule; forecasters are eligible for inclusion in final standings if they entered at least two-thirds of all contests. Since there were only two storms this season ... the two-thirds rule was not satisfied and final standings cannot be determined.
99/00 - spawned on USENET/s ne.wx newsgroup to discover which poster(s) made skillful forecasts for synoptic-scale snowfalls in the NE and Mid-Atlantic. No formal entry process. Forecasts gleaned from newsgroup posts. Five 'contest' storms.
00/01 - Permanent station list created. (RDU - CAR). Rules and scoring formalized. First Contest 12/30. 10 Contest storms.
01/02 - 'Season-total' forecasting contest launched. Twenty-five forecasters predicted each station/s 'total snowfall' for the winter. First Contest storm 12/9. Nine Contest storms.
02/03 - First Contest storm 11/27. Ten Contest storms.
03/04 - Web site launched. Forecasts submitted via online entry form. Forecast reporting and verification processes streamlined. Two forecast stations added (BGR, BGM). First Contest storm 12/14. Ten Contest storms.
04/05 - First Contest storm 12/20. Nine Contest storms.
05 /06 - First Contest storm 12/5. Four Contest storms.
06/07 - Regular season starts late with first Contest storm 2/14. Five Contest storms...last one in April.
07/08 - Record number of forecasters (36) enter 'Season-total' Contest. Regular season starts 12/3.