Each year, UNC Asheville participates in the WxChallenge National Forecasting Competition. The WxChallenge brings together
schools from around the country for a little friendly competition. UNC Asheville has participated in the WxChallenge since
2007. Forecast teams consist of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty/staff, and alumni. Scores are compiled
based on forecast performance and awards are given out in numerous categories. There are usually 5 forecast cities each semester.
During the 2008-2009 season, UNCA took part in the first "Tobacco Cup", a competition between North Carolina meteorology
schools (UNCA, NC State, UNC Charlotte, Eastern Carolina). We finished third for the first season, but came back strong
in 2009-2010 to win! Our forecast team also finished 7th (out of 46 schools) for the year, and we are aiming to reach the
podium in 2010-2011.
If you are interested in participating, there are two sign up periods. The first period begins when the semester starts
in the fall and lasts until mid-September. The second period begins after winter break. All sign ups occur through the
local manager, which happens to be me. Please contact me or download, fill out, and send me the
sign up form. The cost to participate is $3/semester or $5/year. This covers
administrative costs and trophies.