Douglas takes latest leg of Golden Snowball Challenge

Long-time Twin Cities meteorologist Paul Douglas claimed the top spot in the latest round of News Cut’s Golden Snowball Challenge. Friday’s rainfall doused the hopes of most of the meteorologists in the competition for most accurate snowfall forecasts.

The final accumulation total in St. Paul was 9.8 inches of snow.

Here are the season standings:

Meteorologist
Storms
Tot. Points
Average
Patrick Hammer (KSTP)
2
17
8.5
Chikage Windler (KSTP)
1
7
7.0
Mike Fairbourne (WCCO)
1
7
7.0
Jonathan Yuhas (KARE)
2
7
3.5
Paul Huttner (MPR)
3
7
2.3
Paul Douglas (MinnPost)
2
1
0.5
Erik Maitland (KMSP)
1
0
0.0
National

Weather Service 

3
-6
-2.0
Mike Augustyniak (WCCO

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1
-5
-5.0
Don Moldenhauer (BMTN)
1
-5
-5.0
Dave Dahl (KSTP)
1
-5
-5.0
Belinda Jensen (KARE)
1
-5
-5.0
 

Ron Trenda (WCCO)
1
-5
-5.0
 

Keith Marler (KMSP)
2
-13
-6.5
 

Ian Leonard (KMSP)
2
-16
-8.0
 

Craig Edwards (MPR)
1
-10
-10.0
 

Chris Shaffer (WCCO)
1
-10
-10.0
 

Results for 12/24-12/25 Storm
Christmas 2009 Storm
Prediction
Difference
Points
Paul Douglas
10
0.2
9
Patrick Hammer (KSTP)
10.5
0.7
7
Jonathan Yuhas (KARE)
9
-0.8
0
Erik Maitland (KMSP)
9
-0.8
0
Dave Dahl (KSTP)
11
1.2
-5
Belinda Jensen (KARE)  

11.5
1.7
-5
Ron Trenda (WCCO)
11.5
1.7
-5
Keith Marler (KMSP)
12
2.2
-8
Ian Leonard (KMSP)
12
2.2
-8
Craig Edwards (MPR)
14
4.2
-10
Paul Huttner (MPR)
15
5.2
-10
National Weather Service
19
9.2
-10
Chris Shaffer (WCCO)
20
10.2
-10

I’ve made one change in the scoring method. I’ve added a 7 point award for coming within 7.5″ of the actual snowfall amount. Previous storm standings have been recalculated accordingly.

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