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My name is Jesse Ferrell and I am the Community Director here at AccuWeather. You can read my blog and see my webcam at http://weathermatrix.accuweather .com/

I got my BS in Meteorology from UNC-A and I've been on the Internet since it started.

Over the years at AccuWeather I have done forecasting, editing, production, design, programming and management.

I also run WeatherMatrix at http://www.weathermatrix.net/
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27 Oct 2017
Forecaster Challenge is a new weather forecasting game offered by AccuWeather and developed and operated by Cantor Exchange, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald. This educational game exists to increase your weather awareness, both severe and non-severe, within a fun context by making it interesting to follow the weather differently than just looking at what is going on in your own neighborhood. This game provides users the opportunity to have goals to learn more about the weather, based on virtual currency and other participation incentives. Users can demonstrate their ability in weather forecasting and gain confidence in their overall situational awareness of upcoming weather events.

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Participants make predictions on the weather and track the results of their predictions within the game whether they were correct or incorrect. Users are walked through a series of steps: they determine which prediction they would like to make, they confirm their prediction and they return to the site to see if they were correct.

Users receive AccuDollars for making correct predictions, but every prediction also costs AccuDollars to make, so predict wisely! AccuDollars have no intrinsic or other value, they are simply used as a measure of success within the game. Prediction risk/reward AccuDollar pricing is created automatically based on the likelihood that a given prediction will ultimately occur.

Examples of predictions:

At Least 2 of snow will fall on December 25th, 2017 in New York City.
Less Than 0.25 of rain will fall on November 13th, 2017 in Miami.
There will be no rain on December 4th, 2017 in Seattle.

Forecaster Challenge tests your ability to predict the weather at a particular location on a particular day, for which you will be rewarded accordingly with changes in your AccuDollar balance. There are also daily challenges and featured predictions that a user can directly participate in, geared toward presenting a relevant direct question of what will happen for a particular major weather event or how the weather might impact events like an upcoming major sporting event or outdoor entertainment event.

Forecaster Challenge is completely free for users to play.

Sign up today @ https://www.accuweather.com/en/forecaster-challenge

Forecaster Challenge is not currently available on mobile devices.

Please see the FC FAQ for additional answers & details.
20 Apr 2011
We have launched Facebook Comments on our Climate Change Blog and now no longer have a need to have the comments done through the Forums.

AccuWeather wants users of the major social networks (AOL, Facebook, MSN and Yahoo) to be able to participate without having to sign up for these Forums, which is a lengthy and difficult process. This will bring the number of potential commenters on Brett's blog from the 10,000 here to over 1,000,000,000 (1 billion).

Unfortunately, if you don't use one of those services, you will not be able to participate.

This is also being done to more easily moderate and ban users who disrupt the conversations, because people can no longer participate anonymously.

If you don't want to use your personal Facebook account to post a comment on Brett's blog, page admins are also able to post from their Page Name.


As a result, this Subforum will close May 1, 2011 as part of a reduction in Subforums which have low traffic, since most of the traffic was in response to Brett's blog posts, conversations which can take place over on his blog now.

This action is not up for debate.
16 Mar 2011
We've gotten word that some other Forum providers are requesting that their users pay a fee for additional disk space or messaging.

Here at the AccuWeather.com Forums, your account will always have unlimited messaging and upload space forever, assuming you abide by our Guidelines. If you ever run into any problems with limits on our system, PM a SuperModerator or the Administrator. Any questions? Post in this topic.
27 Jan 2011
I am glad that someone finally got an answer out of NOAA as to why the computer forecast models are doing worse than usual with East Coast storms this season. It is something that many meteorologists, including those at AccuWeather and the Weather Channel, and obviously most of you, have noticed.

You can read the entire article here, the gist is below:

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Simply put, Uccellini said, the models don't have as much skill at dealing with storms that originate from within the northern branch of the jet stream versus southern stream systems.


Feel free to discuss, but let's stay away from the conspiracy theories. I am relieved that we finally have an explanation, and I am curious to see if any high-profile meteorologists disagree.
14 Dec 2010
After maintenance is complete Thursday and things come back up, post here if you see functionality which is not normal. This topic will be opened at the end of the maintenance period.
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jdrenken
Happy Birthday!
5 Jun 2012 - 10:28
Kitagrl
I sent you a PM...didn't see it in my outbox tho! Hope you get it...have a great day!
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Happy Birthday! :)
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Beck
I sent you a PM...
30 May 2010 - 20:37
Phased Vort
Happy Birthday Jesse! Hoping you have a great day and get to do one of the things you love to do the most. Have a good one!!
5 Jun 2009 - 13:27

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