An overview of the WxChallenge forecasting competition and its use as an educational tool

Brad G. Illston, Jeffrey B. Basara, Mike Voss, Christopher Weiss

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Abstract

The WxChallenge forecasting competition is a project developed at the Univ. of Oklahoma to bring a state-of-the-art, fun, and exciting forecasting contest to students in colleges and universities across North America. Founded in 2006, the contest involves approximately 1500 forecasters from nearly 70 higher education institutions across the United States and Canada. Forecasts of maximum and minimum temperature, maximum sustained wind speed, and total precipitation are made for ten cities over an eight month period. The cutting edge contest runs over the internet to allow for forecast submission ease, near-real-time updates and results, and a centralized location for forecasting information and tools. Additionally, forecasters have access to additional resources, such as online message boards, to aid in their interaction with other forecasters and further their understanding of forecasting methods. The design of the WxChallenge forecasting competition allows professors to use forecas
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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