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

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: FINAL Results

Congratulations to Herb @MAWS for his 1st Place finish.
Herb also placed first in '03 / '04 and '09 / '10.

Forecasters ranked by their Total Absolute Error (TAE)
The '%MPRV over PORN' metric indicates how well the forecaster did compared to climatology [(Period-of-Record Normal (PORN)].  The most skillful forecasts beat climatology 

RED ==> 75th percentile
WHITE ==>  interquartile range (>25th & < 75th percentiles)
BLUE ==> 25th percentile

Forecasters' stations with the lowest absolute error


Season-total snowfall from all stations (551") came in 41% below the period-of-record normal (929").  Winter '19 / '20 ranks 15th among other Contest years since winter '04 / '05 ... the season when BGR and BGM were added to the station list.

Forecaster verification table at the Contest web site (direct link)

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PRIZES
1st place prize (delivered post-paid right to Herb @MAWS front door):
"Snow in America" by Bernard Mergan (hardcover) and
"The Snow Booklet" by Nolan J. Doesken and Arthur Judson (paperback) and
... the august title 'Chief Season-total Snowfall Forecaster' for Winter '20 / '21 and
... a well-deserved place of honor with past Contest winners.

2nd place prize (delivered post-paid right to Shillelagh/s front door):
"New England Weather, New England Climate" by Greg Zielinski and Barry Keim (paperback)

3rd place prize (delivered post-paid right to Jessica_Cain/s front door):
"The Snow Booklet" by Nolan J. Doesken and Arthur Judson (paperback)

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Prizes winners should contact me (newxsfc [at] comcast [dot] net) with a USPS address.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 19th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: Preliminary STP Verification

Preliminary sum-total season snowfalls for the verification period 01-DEC-19 though 31-MAR-20 collected from monthly climate bulletins (CLMxxx; CXUS51 ... CXUS52).


One forecast station (4% of all stations) with bonus season-total snowfalls [more than Period-Of-Record-Normal (P-O-R-N)].
Rank ordered descending by percent of P-O-R-N.

Green ==> 75th percentile
White ==> Interquartile range (< 75th & > 25th percentiles)
Red ==> 25th percentile

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Please report any errors in Comments along with a link to the correct data.
FINAL results expected NLT SAT evening.

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Winter '19 / '20 monthly snow totals
DEC:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals
JAN:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals
FEB:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: FEB Totals
MAR:  Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: MAR Totals

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Winter '19 / '20 - 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest: MAR Totals

MAR-20 snowfall summary by forecast station.
Rank ordered descending by percent of monthly period-of-record-normal (P-O-R-N).


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Green ==> 75th percentile
White ==> less than 75th and greater than 25th percentile (inter-quartile range)
Red ==> 25th percentile

Obs reported as 0.05" implies Trace

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MAR Forecast Station Highlights
No station observed more than 100% of its monthly normal snowfall.

Biggest losers (0")
PHL
BWI
ACY
DCA
RIC
SBY
RDU
ORF

P-O-R-N v. Observed (less than 15%)
PVD:  (6.8'' v. 0.4'')
IAD:  (3.5'' v. 0.05'')
NYC:  (4.9'' v. 0.05'')
EWR:  (5.1'' v. 0.05'')
BDR:  (5.5'' v. 0.05'')
ABE:  (6'' v. 0.05'')
MDT:  (6.5'' v. 0.05'')
BOS:  (8'' v. 0.05'')

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Season-total

MAR P-O-R-N contributes 184" (20%) toward the season-total snowfall (D-J-F-M) of 929".
MAR-20 observed snowfall:  66" (36% of P-O-R-N; 7% of season-total snowfall)

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Teleconnections
No contest-worthy storms in MAR.

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Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: DEC Totals
Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: JAN Totals
Winter '19 / '20 - Season-total Snowfall Forecast Contest: FEB Totals