Veryst engineer wins climate forecasting competition

March 7, 2019

Veryst is excited to announce that Eric Schmitt, as part of a team with his father, Raymond, and twin brother, Stephen, has won the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s year-long weather forecasting competition, the “Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo.”  According to the Bureau, competing in this event “required teams to develop temperature and precipitation forecasts for three-to-four week and five-to-six-week periods every two weeks for a year.  The teams also submitted an 11-year hind-cast for the same categories.  The goal was to develop systems that perform better than the existing baseline forecasts.”

According to a Reclamation scientist, “The innovative American public is demonstrating that we can improve sub-seasonal forecasts for temperature and precipitation which will allow water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes, such as the onset of drought or occurrence of wet weather extremes."

As the winning team, Schmitt and his father and brother received a total prize of $250,000.

Learn more about the competition.

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