CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SAT ... 17-APR-21 @ 5 PM EDT

Winter '20 / '21 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
22nd Annual 'Snow Storm' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL results here

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20th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
FINAL results here

DEC snowfall totals here
JAN snowfall totals here
FEB snowfall totals here
MAR snowfall totals here

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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)

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Winter '20 / '21 - Forecaster Statistics

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
and Washington Monument (c.1930)

For each contest-worthy snow storm ... the forecasts are verified against the observations of storm-total snowfall.

Statistics are calculated to determine how well each forecast captured the magnitude and distribution of the storm's snowfall.

Individual forecaster statistics for the first four snowstorms here.

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Statistics include:

The average normalized ‘SUMSQ error’ is the Contest/s primary measure of forecaster performance.

This metric measures how well the forecaster/s expected snowfall 'distribution and magnitude' for _all_ forecast stations captured the 'distribution and magnitude' of _all_ observed snowfall amounts.

A forecaster with a lower average SUMSQ Z Score has made more skillful forecasts than a forecaster with higher average SUMSQ Z Score.

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The 'Storm Total Precipitation error’ (STP) statistic is the absolute arithmetic difference between a forecaster/s sum-total snowfall for all stations and the observed sum-total snowfall.  This metric … by itself …is not a meaningful measure of skill …but can provide additional insight of forecaster bias.
 
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The 'Total Absolute error' (TAE) statistic is the average of your forecast errors regardless of whether you over-forecast or under-forecast.  This metric measures the magnitude of a forecast’s errors.
 
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The 'Average Absolute Error' (AAE) is the forecaster/s ‘Total Absolute Error’ divided by the number of stations where snow was forecast or observed.
 
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The ‘RSQ error’ (R-Squared - coefficient of determination) statistic is a measure of the how well the forecast captured the variability of the observed snowfall.

Combined with the SUMSQ error statistic … RSQ provides added information about how strong the forecaster/s ‘model’ performed.

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