CONTEST STATUS - Updated: THU ... 31-OCT-19 @ 12:16 PM EDT

Winter '19 / '20 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
21st Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Contest starts once the flakes start a'flyin'

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19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
Deadline for entries: 11:59 PM EST ... SAT ... 30-NOV-19
Verification period: 01-DEC-19 through 31-MAR-20
Details here

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Winter '19 / '20 - Eurasia Snow Cover: OCT

Eurasia/s areal snow cover for OCT-19: ~ 12,800,000 SQ-KM
24% above 52-year P-O-R-N (~10,300,000 SQ-KM)
27% above 52-year median (~10,100,000 SQ-KM)

Rank: 7th
3rd highest past 10 years
4 of past 20 years below median ('05 ... '07 ... '08 ... '11)
OCT-18:  ~10,400,000 SQ-KM
OCT-19: 23% greater than OCT-18


Ranked analog years 500 mb anomaly height composite for Winter '19 / '20
('15 / '16 ... '16 / '17 ... '09 / '10 ... '01 / '02 ... '14 / '15)

- High 500 mb geopotential heights at hi-latitude ==> NAO & AO < 0
- EPO > 0 ==> fast zonal flow over CONUS & mild PAC air masses
-weak evidence of trof over coastal M-A & NE CONUS


ENSO:  nada- (-0.5 < Region 3.4 SSTa <  0); C- (weak La Nina); W- (weak El Niño)
NAO:  sign of D-J-F average
AO:  sign of D-J-F average
PDO:  sign of O-N-D-J-F-M average
QBO:  + ==> west; - ==> east

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Weighted 5H anomaly composite

Weighted 2mT anomaly composite

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Snow cover data courtesy Rutgers University Global Snow Lab
Mean composites courtesy Earth System Research Lab / Physical Sciences Division 

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