Over 300 Weather Forecasting Contests!

Would you like to forecast the weather?

  • We operate separate weather forecasting contests for hundreds of locations across the United States, with hundreds more to come
  • Compare your skill to the computer model forecasts used by the experts, or just compete against your friends

A great activity for school classes (middle school, high school or college)!

  • Forecasting contest generates interest and fun while learning about the weather
  • Allows students to do inquiry-based investigations of the weather
  • Encourages students to be more aware of the environment around them
  • Helps students who don't enjoy science to understand weather concepts
  • Can be used to teach geography and climate
  • Designed to allow teacher to interact with and guide students
  • Easy metrics for converting contest participation into grades
  • If you are a teacher, here is how you can get started, and here are some teaching suggestions

It's easy to start forecasting.

  • First send a request to get an account.
  • Then go to the page for a site you choose -- use the map or the "Forecasting Sites" menu at the top
  • Go to the "Enter a Forecast" section, and predict the minimum and maximum temperatures and precipitation amount for tomorrow

Welcome to Forecast Central Video

If you're just getting started with Forecast Central, here's a five minute video that you may find helpful. There's an introduction to the site and instructions on how to register as a user (if you are a student, your teacher should register the entire class and then tell you how to log in for the first time). About halfway through the video, Britta shows how to go to one of the forecasting sites and make a forecast.

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