CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SAT ... 11-APR-20 @ 8:30 PM EST

Winter '19 / '20 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
21st Annual 'Snow Storm' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Season ended as quickly as it started.
No winner this go'round ... too few storms (minimum of three required)

Snow Storm #1 (01-DEC-19)
FINAL Results here

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19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL Results here

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Winter '18 / '19 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
20th Annual 'Snow Storm' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL Results here

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18th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL Results here
Forecaster verification table here

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Winter '18 / '19 - Arctic Oscillation (AO) Analog Verification

The analog forecasting technique seeks associations to the AO state in the run-up to the coming winter with AO run-up states of past winters.  Presented here is the verification of AO analogs for the '18 /'19 winter.

The NEWxSFC method ranks analog years by their the sum of square errors (SSE) statistic.
Lower SSE errors ==> stronger analog

Constraining the number of analog winters for analysis to five is arbitrary.

In the run-up to Winter '18 / '19 ... '55 / '56 was the leading analog followed by '64 / '65 ... '84 / '85 ... '99 / '00 ... and '91 / '92.  Observed AO values for Winter '18 / '19 began neutral in DEC ... turned weakly negative in JAN ... then surged positive at meteorological winter/s end and into MAR.

A qualitative assessment of the analog forecast/s accuracy rates '84 / '85 as best.

A quantitative assessment of the other '84 / '85 teleconnections ... not so much.