CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SUN ... 17-FEB-19 @ 6:40 PM EST

Winter '18 / '19 - Snowfall Forecast Contests

20th Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest

Interim Standings, as of Snow Storm #3
Details here

Snow Storm #5
Possible 'Call for Forecasts' MON ... 18-FEB-19

Snow Storm #4
FINAL Results here

Snow Storm #3
FINAL Results here

18th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Deadline for entries has passed.
Forecasts here
Verification period: 01-DEC-18 thru 31-MAR-19

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
19th Annual 'Regular Season'
FINAL results here

17th Annual 'Season-total'
FINAL results here

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winter '17 / '18 - Eurasia Snow Cover - OCT - Snow Advance Index (SAI)

OCT-17's snow advance index is negative.
Snow Crow suicide watch now in effect.

AER reports a statistically significant correlation between their 'winter severity index' and how quickly Eurasian snow cover advances during OCT.

They define the 'winter severity index' by the state of the North Atlantic Oscillation / Arctic Oscillation (N/AO) and interpret it as an indicator of 'high latitude' blocking potential during D-J-F.

More blocking.
More winter.
More better.

Here's the model ...
"When snow cover advances rapidly (slowly) across Eurasia in October, this is an indication that the upcoming winter will be more severe (milder) for the Eastern US [sic], Europe and East Asia.

Study period seems surprisingly short seeing how contiguous monthly Eurasian snow cover data begins in 1970.  How well does the SAI correlate with the N/AO index prior to 1988?

Snow Advance Index (SAI) backgrounder from AER here.
Earlier Eurasia snow cover posts here.

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