Snowfecta: February Snow Contest

It's snow joke, to celebrate 5 months of 50 Shades of Van, one lucky winner will be the proud new owner of a newly designed t-shirt

It's snow joke, to celebrate 5 months of 50 Shades of Van, one lucky winner will be the proud new owner of a newly designed t-shirt

I don't know about you, but I'm really graupeling with how much snow is going to fall (if any) next month, so I've decided to start a contest predicting snowfall amounts for Vancouver, BC, Seattle, and Portland for the month of February.  

Is this snowverkill?

Maybe, but I just wanted to have a little fun. 

The Rules:

To enter: The participant must use the provided Google Form (below) to submit answers to the nearest tenth of an inch/cm, and must denote which unit was used. Once the form is submitted the guesses are final. The contest begins on January 29th at 12:00 am PST and ends on January 31st at 11:59 PST. One (1) entry per participant for the entire contest period, and by entering you agree that you have read these specific contest rules.

Eligibility: Must be human (sorry, no bots). This contest is organized by the owner of 50 Shades of Van, and the owner reserves the right to change or cancel the contest at any time and is not responsible for failed, incomplete, or delayed computer transmission that interferes with a participants entry. 

Prize: One (1) prize will be awarded consisting of one (1) 50 Shades of Van T-shirt, similar to the design above (may not be identical). Contest winner is responsible for paying shipping and handling if outside Canada or the USA. 

Winner: The winner will be selected based on who submits the 'most correct response' as determined by the owner and verified using official sources. All answers will be converted to centimetres rounding to the nearest tenth. If there is more than one correct submission, a random number generator will be used to select a winner. 

Privacy: E-mail addresses and names will not be shared, but the winner agrees to the publication of a first name and last initial

Some Tips

How much snowfall do these three cities normally receive in February?

  • Vancouver, BC - 9.6 cm (3.8 inches) 1970-2000 Average
  • Seattle, WA - 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) 1981-2010 Average
  • Portland, OR -3.0 cm (1.2 inches) 1981-2010 Average

Climate Forecast System (CFSv2) predictions:

CFS precipitation anomaly prediction for February 2014 (Green = above) (Brown = Below)

CFS precipitation anomaly prediction for February 2014 (Green = above) (Brown = Below)

CFS 2 metre temperature anomaly prediction for February 2014 (Green = Cooler than normal) (red= Warmer than normal)

CFS 2 metre temperature anomaly prediction for February 2014 (Green = Cooler than normal) (red= Warmer than normal)

What about NCEP predictions for the month?

February Precipitation forecast (Green: Above normal, Brown: Below normal, White: Equal chance)

February Precipitation forecast (Green: Above normal, Brown: Below normal, White: Equal chance)

February Temperature outlook ( Blue: Below normal, Brown: Above normal, White: Equal chance

February Temperature outlook ( Blue: Below normal, Brown: Above normal, White: Equal chance

Good Luck! Next post I'll go into our pattern change and what it means for our ski hills. Also, there might be a small threat of snow for the lowlands, but the pattern looks disorganized and highly uncertain as of now. 

We'll see. 

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