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MU Excels at WxChallenge

Millersville Meteorology students have a long track record of success in WxChallenge.

Year after year, meteorology students from across the nation sign up to participate in the WxChallenge contest. Several Millersville University students placed high in the competition again this year.

“Millersville Meteorology students have a long track record of success in WxChallenge. The 2022-2023 academic year has been no exception, with multiple students across all class levels winning awards,” says Kyle Elliott, Weather Information Center Director at Millersville University.

WxChallenge is a collegiate-focused meteorological forecasting competition. Forecasters predict the daily high and low temperatures (in degrees Fahrenheit), maximum sustained wind speed (in knots) and cumulative liquid precipitation amount (in inches) for select locations across the United States. To allow for fair competition, forecasters are separated into categories. Category 3 forecasters include junior- and senior-level students, and Category 4 forecasters include freshman and sophomore-level students. The competition runs for 10 weeks in the fall semester and 10 weeks in the spring semester.

Below is a list of the top finishers from Millersville in select cities:

  • Peter Corman: Runner-up finish (Category 4) in Knoxville, Tennessee (Oct. 10 – Oct. 24).
  • Mark Battle: 1st-place finish (Category 4) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Oct. 24 – Nov. 7).
  • Alex Massa: Runner-up finish (Category 3) in Olympia, Washington (Nov. 7 – Nov. 21).
  • Peter Corman: Runner-up finish (Category 4) in Denver, Colorado (Jan. 23 – Feb. 6)
  • Alex Sullivan: 1st-place finish (Category 4) in Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 6 – Feb. 20).
  • Gavin Morgan: Runner-up finish (Category 4) in Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 6 – Feb. 20).
  • Matthew Teare: 1st-place finish (Category 3) in Augusta, Maine (Feb. 20 – Mar. 6).
  • Peter Corman: 1st-place finish (Category 4) in San Angelo, Texas (Mar. 6 – Mar. 20).
  • Ethan Kerr: Runner-up finish (Category 4) in San Angelo, Texas (Mar. 6 – Mar. 20).

“To have Millersville students repeatedly succeed in the challenge each year speaks volumes about the Meteorology program. The program’s faculty and staff not only teach students theory and mathematics of the atmosphere but also guide them in applying those concepts to practical applications of weather forecasting,” says Elliott.

 

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