Congratulations go out the the Clements A team from Waggoner Creek Elementary in Texarkana. They surged from eighth place going into the weekend to claim the title in the 2018 Weathernator Forecasting Contest.
The Waggoner Creek team was one of 38 teams to compete in this year's contest. Just a few points separated the top five teams in the contest's final standings. Others in the top five included teams from Fairfield Elementary Magnet in Shreveport, Walnut Hill Elementary in Shreveport, and North Desoto Elementary in Stonewall.
Chief Meteorologist Todd Warren visited nearly a dozen schools all around the Arklatex that participated in the competition and showed teams how to make a forecast. The contest took place during three weeks in February During week one teams forecasted for Shreveport. They forecasted for Texarkana during week two and for Boston, Massachusetts for week three. Each teams forecast answered four weather questions. What will be tomorrow's high temperature? What will be tomorrow's low temperature? Will it rain? and Will it snow? They receive one point for each degree they miss their high and low forecasts and five points for their rain and snow forecasts.
This year's contest proved to be the toughest month of forecasting yet. Here at home teams had to consider the effects of several cold and warm fronts that moved through the area. This made temperature forecasting much more difficult. The contest ended in Boston with a tough rain and snow forecast brought about by the nor'easter of the coast of New England Friday and Saturday. The Waggoner Creek Clements A team was the only team in the top 10 to correctly predict the final outcome of rain and snow for both Friday and Saturday. That proved to be just enough to allow them to edge out the Fairfield Magnet Elementary Meerpohl team.
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