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

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Winter '12 / '13 - Arctic Oscillation: New Record for March

Rockefeller Center - NYC
(FEB-69 AO:  -1.325; MAR-69 AO:  -2.084)
 The MAR-13 AO of -3.176 crushes the old record of -2.848 set 51 years ago in 1962.

The last time the March AO went below -1 was in 2006.

The last time the March AO tanked below -2 was in 1984.

The AO for the preceding meteorological winter (D-J-F) averaged -1.122.

The AO/s 5-year moving average during meteorological winter is -0.909

The AO during meteorological winter has been negative...
....four of the last five seasons (average = -0.413)
...nine of the last 10 seasons (average = -0.368)
...12 of the last 15 seasons (average = -0.255)

Not that any of these trends are abnormal.
The 5-year moving average was negative during the vast majority of the time between mid-50s to late '80s.  The abnormal 'positive ' period occurred between 1989 and 1996.

Monthly AO data here.

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