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
HM: TQ

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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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - 19th Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest: Season Summary and Perspective

FINAL results here.

EIGHT contest-worthy storms this season ... one more than average.
The storm count tied for 6th place with four other Winters ('07 / '08 ... '08 / '09 ... '10 / '11 ... and '13 / '14).

Contest-worthy Storm Count by Month
DEC - 1 [25-DEC-17]
JAN - 2 [04-JAN-18; 17-JAN-18]
FEB - 2 [07-FEB-18; 17-FEB-18]
MAR - 3 [07-MAR-18; 12-MAR-18; 21-MAR-18]
TOT - 8



 
 
Verified forecasts
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm2_verifications_04Jan18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm3_verifications_17Jan18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm4_verifications_07Feb18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm5_verifications_17Feb18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm6_verifications_07Mar18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm7_verifications_12Mar18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm8_verifications_21Mar18.htm
 
FINAL Results and Storm Summaries
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm2_summary_04Jan18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm3_summary_17Jan18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm4_summary_07Feb18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm5_summary_17Feb18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm6_summary_07Mar18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm7_summary_12Mar18.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/NEWxSFC_19/storms/storm8_summary_21Mar18.htm

Interim Standings
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim1.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim2.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim3.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim4.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim5.htm
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/interim_19/interim6.htm
 
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - 19th Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest: FINAL Results

Under the ‘two-thirds’ rule … forecasters who entered at least SIX forecasts are included in this season's FINAL standings.

Full table with all other error statistics at the Contest/s web site here (direct link).
Individual forecaster's storm statistics here (direct link).
 
 
Best Forecasts by Storm

 
Top 10 Forecasts (Error statistic:  SUMSQ Z)
SUMSQ Error Z is the primary measure of forecaster skill (lower the better).
Accounts for the magnitude and distribution of the storm-total snowfall for all stations.

Top 10 Forecasts (Error statistic:  Total Absolute Error Z - TAE)
TAE Error Z is the secondary measure of forecaster skill (lower the better).
Accounts for the magnitude of snowfall at each station.
 
Top 10 Forecasts (Error statistic:  RSQ Z)
R-squared (RSQ Z) is a supplementary measure of forecaster skill (higher the better).
Accounts for how well the variability of the observed snowfall was accounted for by the forecast.

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Eighteen unique forecasters submitted a total of 2,582 stations forecasts.
Eight forecasters entered all 8 contests.
Three forecasters entered 7 contests.
The remainder entered fewer than six

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Hope to see y'all again next winter.
 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: Month of MAX Snowfall

BOS Red Sox Opening Day
14-APR-53
Forecast stations observing their MAX monthly snowfall during Winter '17 / '18 in ...
DEC - 0
JAN - 7 (CAR ... PVD ... ACY ... SBY ... RIC ... ORF ... RDU)
FEB - 0
MAR - 18 (all the rest)

Leaving aside for the moment the fact FEB has 28 days and all other snow-season months have 31 ... 72% of our forecast stations observed their highest monthly snowfall total in MAR -- yes MAR -- this season.

Climo finds most of the contest/s forecast stations (14) observe their MAX monthly snowfall in JAN.  MAX monthly snowfall happens in FEB at 10 of the remaining 11 stations with only BDL having its greatest monthly climo snowfall in DEC.

No station/s monthly snowfall climo reached its maxim in MAR which makes the winter '17 / '18 all the more remarkable.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - 17th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: FINAL Results

UPDATE 2:  10:45 PM EDT ... FRI ... 06-APR-18
All better (I hope)
 
UPDATE:  10:15 PM EDT ... FRI ... 06-APR-18
Senior NEWxSFC forecaster Roger Smith was inadvertently omitted from the FINAL Results summary (operator error - Excel copy down mistake).  Fix in the works
 
 h/t Roger 'Eagle Eye' Smith
 
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 Complete station-by-station forecaster verifications at the Contest/s web site here (direct link)

Perfect forecasts
iralibov @ PVD (47")

Near misses (< 1" error)
Mitchel Volk
0.1" @ ALB (74.9")
0.2" @ PHL (29.8")
0.2" @ ORF (15.2")
0.3" @ CON (85.3")
0.4" @ NYC (35.4")

Any.wx
0.1" @ BDR (39.9")
0.5" @ BTV (81.5")

33andrain
0.1" @ IAD (11.9")
0.6" @ BOS (58.6")

iralibov
0.1" @ RDU (8.9)
0.6" @ BOS (58.6")

kevinmyatt
0.4" @ NYC (35.4")
0.4" @ RIC (12.4")

Brad Yehl
0.2" @ BDL (48.4")

donsutherland1
0.6" @ EWR (34.4")

MarkHofmann
0.8" @ DCA (7.8")

Smallest station forecast error yet percent error >= 10%
Mitchel Volk
11.1" @ PWM (91.1")
2.2" @ SBY (17.2")

TQ
11.1" @ PWM (91.1")

Any.Wx
11.1" @ PWM (91.1")

donsutherland1
16.5" @ BGR (109")

33andrain
8.9" @ ORH (88.9")

iralibov
10.2" @ ACY (34.2")

Roger Smith
2.2" @ SBY (17.2")

snocat918
1.6" @ BWI (15.4")

MarkHofmann
0.8" @ DCA (7.8")

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Season-total snowfall from all stations (1,234") came in 35% above the period-of-record normal (914").  Winter '17 / '18 ranks 4th among other Contest years since winter '04 / '05 ... the season when BGR and BGM were added to the station list.

Winter '17 / '18 - 17th Annual Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: Observed Snowfall Station Summary

Bonus snows for 84% of forecast stations.
 


RED: <= 25th percentile
WHITE: > 25th and < 75th percentile
GREEN: >= 75th percentile

Winter '17 / '18 monthly snow totals
DEC:  http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/2018/01/winter-17-18-season-total-snowfall.html
JAN:  http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/2018/02/winter-17-18-season-total-snowfall.html
FEB:  http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/2018/03/winter-17-18-season-total-snowfall.html
MAR:  http://newxsfc.blogspot.com/2018/04/winter-17-18-season-total-snowfall.html

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Coastal Teaser #4

UPDATE 2:  9 AM EDT FRI ... 06-APR-18
Not happenin'

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UPDATE:  7:30 PM EDT THU ... 05-APR-18
Not lookin'good.
Maybe a nice surprise lurks in the overnight runs.

Possible 'Call for Forecasts' in the AM.

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Snow Storm #9?

Should the present NWP trend continue ...
Call for Forecasts:  THU ... 05-APR-18
Deadline for entries:  10:30 PM EDT ... FRI ... 06-APR-18
Verification period:  12:01 AM EST ... SAT ... 07-APR-18 till TBD

Watch this space.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: MAR totals

Station snowfall summary for MAR-18.
Rank ordered by percent of monthly normal.


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Green ==> 75th - 100th percentile
White ==> Less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile
Red ==> 0 - 25th percentile

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Teleconnection indexes and month-over trend (updated as they become available)
AO:  -0.941⇩
NAO:  -0.93⇩
PDO:  -0.05⇩
QBO:  -19.77⇩
SOI:  10.5⇧

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #7: NESIS

CAT 2
NESIS 3.15

Friday, March 30, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Coastal Teaser: #3

UPDATE:
SAT ... 31-MAR-18 @ 10 PM EDT

Nothing contest-worthy about this event ATTM.

Slightest chance the 00z ... 01-APR-18 NWP runs will suggest otherwise ==> possible SUN AM  'Call for Forecasts'.

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Snow Storm #9?

Should the present NWP trend continue ...
Call for Forecasts:  SAT ... 31-MAR-18
Deadline for entries:  10:30 PM EDT ... SUN ... 01-APR-18
Verification period:  12:01 AM EST ... MON ... 02-APR-18 till TBD

Watch this space.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Regular Season Interim Standings: 6

Under the ‘two-thirds’ rule … forecasters who have entered at least SIX forecasts are included in interim standings #6.

Complete interim statistics table and chart at the Contest/s web site here (direct link)
Forecaster statistics for Winter '17 / '18 contest snow storms here (direct link)

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SUMSQ errors for each contest snow storm are normalized (standardized) with a 'Z-score' ... then averaged to compute the standings. If a forecaster has issued forecasts for more than two-thirds of all snow storm contests ... then Z-scores from their 'best two-thirds' forecasts are used to calculate the Interim and Final standings.

Similar idea as dropping the lowest quiz score before computing the final grade.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: FINAL Results

Forecasters' station verifications and the storm summary at NEWxSFC/s home page.
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/

     
 1st - Brad Yehl   
 SUMSQ:278  
 SUMSQ Z:-1.279  
 STP:28.9 (3) 
 TAE:65.1 (1) 
 AAE:2.50 (1) 
     
 2nd - Shillelagh   
 SUMSQ:380  
 SUMSQ Z:-0.845  
 STP:43.4 (5) 
 TAE:73.7 (2) 
 AAE:2.95 (2) 
     
 3rd - donsutherland1   
 SUMSQ:483  
 SUMSQ Z:-0.408  
 STP:64.9 (9) 
 TAE:90.3 (5) 
 AAE:3.34 (4) 
     
 HM - iralibov   
 SUMSQ:489  
 SUMSQ Z:-0.383  
 STP:60.1 (7) 
 TAE:87.3 (3) 
 AAE:3.23 (3) 
     

SUMSQ:  sum of square error (")
SUMSQ Z:  Z-score
STP:  storm total precipitation error (")
TAE:  total absolute error (")
AAE:  average absolute error (")
(#):  category rank

Forecast by Observed Snowfall Scatterplots for Top Forecasts
Dotted blue line below (above) solid red line ==> under (over) forecast

Station by Station Comparison of Top Forecasters

Friday, March 23, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: Preliminary STP Verifications

Table of preliminary storm-total snowfall by station for WED and THU from CDUS41 (CLI) ... CXUS51 (CF6) and ... SAUS41 (METAR) bulletins.

Exceptions:  none

SLR not available for some stations reporting measureable snowfall b/c liquid and / or freezing precipitation also occurred during the verification period.

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Stations observing at least Trace - 24 (89%) [corrected]

Given a forecast station observed measurable snowfall ...
Stations observing at least:
4" - 10 (42%)
8" - 5 (21%)
12" - 2 (8%)
16" - 1 (4)

Melt-water
ISP - 1.28"
MDT - 1.13"
PHL - 1.03"
JFK - 0.91"

Max precipitation:  ISP - 1.28"

New daily records:
21-MAR-18 (7)
ISP - 14" (1.8"; 2013)
ABE - 13.2" (4.3"; 1964)
MDT - 11.9" (7.5"; 1964)
JFK - 8.4" (0.8"; 1993)
EWR - 7.9" (5.3"; 1958)
PHL - 6.7" (4.7"; 1932)
IAD - 4.8" (2.3"; 1964)

22-MAR-18 (1)
ISP - 4.4" (3"; 1992)

SFC analysis:  03z ... 22-MAR-18

METAR KISP 220256Z 01017G28KT 1/8SM R06/2000V3000FT +SN FG VV003 00/00 A2964 RMK
AO2 PK WND 03033/0231 SLP036 ==> SNINCR 5/12 <== P0023 60040 T00000000 51001 =

5" / hour!

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Please report errors in Comments along with a link to the correct data.
FINAL Results post expected SAT evening ... 24-MAR-18

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Regular Season Interim Standings: 5

Under the ‘two-thirds’ rule … forecasters who have entered at least FIVE forecasts are included in the interim standings.

Complete interim statistics table and chart at the Contest/s web site here (direct link)
Forecaster statistics for Winter '17 / '18 contest snow storms here (direct link)

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SUMSQ errors for each contest snow storm are normalized (standardized) with a 'Z-score' ... then averaged to compute the standings. If a forecaster has issued forecasts for more than two-thirds of all snow storm contests ... then Z-scores from their 'best two-thirds' forecasts are used to calculate the Interim and Final standings.

Similar idea as dropping the lowest quiz score before computing the final grade.

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: The Forecasts!

Rookie    -
Intern    1
Journey    -
Senior    12
GOVT    1
PWSP    -
TOT  14

All forecasts posted to the Contest/s web site. (direct link)

Forecasts ranked by their verification period storm-total precipitation (STP).
BLUE = 25th percentile
RED >= 75th percentile
White STP and 4cast cells range between the 25th and 75th percentile

NWS ER WFOs (GOVT) forecasts derived from public issuances current at the deadline.

Heaviest snowfall (>= 10") consensus along and to the right of PHL - EWR - BDR - ISP - JFK - PHL .  Snow cone expected at EWR.

AO regime change with a cursory assist by the NAO.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: RAW FORECASTS

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Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: Front-end +TSSN

Blacksburg ... VA
INVOF Roanoke (ROA)

METAR KBCB 210135Z AUTO 05007KT 1/2SM +VCTSSN OVC006 00/00 A2959 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE

Monday, March 19, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #8: Call for Forecasts!

19-MAR-56
Carmine St ... NYC
Not the 1st time the progs indicated an out to sea solution in the medium range ... then hang a hard left and roar up the coast as its VT approaches.

Should Snow Storm #8 come to pass ... MAR will have at least three contest-worthy snow storms for only the third time in NEWxSFC/s history.

Other years with three MAR snow storms happened in 2001 and 2014 (return period 9.5 years; probability during any given winter:  11%). 

The forecast contest for Snow Storm #8 may be cancelled prior to the deadline if fewer than six stations are likely to observe at least a 4" snowfall.

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Forecast element:  each station's verification period snowfall

Deadline for entries:  10:30 PM EDT ... TUE ... 20-MAR-18
Verification period begins:  12:01 AM EDT ... WED ... 21-MAR-18
Verification period ends:  11:59 PM EDT ... THU ... 22-MAR-18

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Enter your forecast at the NEWxSFC/s home page here.  http://www.newx-forecasts.com/
Follow the top-of-page link from 'Enter Storm Forecast.

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As always ... there/s no cost ... no fee ... no advertising ... or annoying requests for personal information to enter a forecast.  It's just a fun exercise for winter wx enthusiasts to see who can make the best synoptic-scale snowfall forecast.  See how well your forecast stacks up against NWS Eastern Region Weather Forecast Offices.

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 If you are issuing your first forecast this winter ... or you entered the 'season-total' forecast contest ... you/ll need to create an account (user name / password / valid e-mail ... if you want a copy of your forecast sent to your Inbox).


NEWxSFC/s email client is permanently off-line.
Forecasters may non longer have a copy of their forecast emailed to them.
Some are getting thorugh.  Some are not.
The Contest/s email address newx (at) newx-forecasts (dot) com remains unreachable.
Apologies for the degraded service which is beyond my control.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winter '17 / '18 - Snow Storm #7: FINAL Results

Forecasters' station verifications and the storm summary at NEWxSFC/s home page.
http://www.newx-forecasts.com/

     
 1st - iralibov   
 SUMSQ:328  
 SUMSQ Z:-1.379  
 STP:31.6 (5) 
 TAE:66.3 (1) 
 AAE:2.46 (1) 
     
 2nd - donsutherland1   
 SUMSQ:365  
 SUMSQ Z:-1.041  
 STP:29.7 (2) 
 TAE:67.0 (2) 
 AAE:2.48 (2) 
     
 3rd - TQ   
 SUMSQ:394  
 SUMSQ Z:-0.787  
 STP:47.5 (8) 
 TAE:75.0 (4) 
 AAE:2.78 (4) 
     
 HM - Brad Yehl   
 SUMSQ:400  
 SUMSQ Z:-0.735  
 STP:45.8 (7) 
 TAE:67.8 (3) 
 AAE:2.51 (3) 
     

SUMSQ:  sum of square errors (")
SUMSQ Z:  Z-score
STP:  storm total precipitation error (")
TAE:  total absolute error (")
AAE:  average absolute error (")
(#):  category rank

Forecast by Observed Snowfall Scatterplots for Top Forecasts
Dotted blue line below (above) solid red line ==> under (over) forecast

Snowfall analysis courtesy National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center
http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html