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tdb1977
02-15-2013, 01:16 PM
With just 13 days to go in the shortest month of the year, I have been sitting and starring at the F6 report and looking for something different that we haven't done before for the monthly contest. My brain is running and chugging along, looking at all the different possbilities. Not sure what to look at and to use, when finally, a column catches my eye. I think for a few more seconds, and presto, the contest has come to my mind.

So, after that kind of introduction, your probably wondering what I have come up with. Well, here it is. For the month of March, you will need to guess the total number of heating degree days the summit experiences this month. And now your wondering, what the heck is a heating degree day? Right? Yes? Well, this is the simple definition of a heating degree day: A heating degree day is a calculation that is derived from using the outdoor temperature to warm the inside or cool the inside of the structure to a suitable temperature. So, if you have an average outdoor temperature of 16 degrees and the suitable temperature is 65 degrees, you subtract the 16 from the 65 and you come up with 49 heating degrees.

So, your mission if you choice for the month is to give your best estimate on the number of heating degrees the summit will witness for the month.

1. All guesses need to be in whole numbers as the number reported on the F6 report does not have any decimal points.
2. One submission per forum ID
3. There can be no duplicates. First person to submit a particular number will own that guess.
4. If the proper answer is not selected by anyone, the winner will be the closest guess, without going over, according to the F6 report.
5. Any attempt to alter the summit's temperature is not allowed. Bribing one of the observers is allowed - but they cannot influence the temperature readings.
6. All guesses must be submitted here on this forum by the end of February 28th.
7. The official source of data is the Daily F6 as published on the Observatory's web site.
8. Anyone & everyone will be allowed to enter.
9. Most of all... Have Fun!!!

whitemtnvisitor
02-15-2013, 02:03 PM
I'm assuming that what you are looking for is the total sum of the degree days for the month.
If that is correct I will go with 1414.

Snow Miser
02-15-2013, 03:30 PM
My guess is 1500.

tdb1977
02-16-2013, 09:01 PM
That is correct. We are looking for the total number of degree days. :)

sdways01
02-18-2013, 08:27 AM
I'm going to say 1608

Moa57
02-20-2013, 03:45 PM
My guess would be 1536

tdb1977
02-23-2013, 08:55 AM
Only 4 guesses so far for the month. Those guesses are:

TDB1977 1475
Snow Miser 1500
Moa57 1536
sdways01 1608

Still some time to get your guess in. Good luck everyone :cool:

tdb1977
03-01-2013, 09:42 AM
Field is locked for the month. I did not see whitemtnvisitor's number when I put up the entries, so he is entered as well. This month's field is:

whitemtnvisitor 1414
TDB1977 1475
Snow Miser 1500
Moa57 1536
sdways01 1608

Good luck everyone!

tdb1977
03-14-2013, 01:21 PM
Through the first 2 weeks of the month, 595 heating degree days have accumulated on the summit. Going to need to get colder to get down to some of the numbers that were guessed for the month. Still have time though.

On a side note, be on the lookout for the April contest. April showers bring May flowers. Hope that is a hint on the April contest :)

tdb1977
03-22-2013, 10:46 AM
1101 heating degree days have accumulated so far for the month. We have been averaging 52 heating degree days through the first 21 says of the month. With 10 days left, and using the 52 degree days average, I have extropulated another 520 degree days. That would bring the monthly total up to 1621 days. If this holds true, the winner would be sdways01 would win for the month. A lot can happen between now and the rest of the month. But, I always have fun trying to project out who could win.

tdb1977
03-28-2013, 06:32 AM
4 days to and the number stands at 1432. If the months ended right now, whitemtnvisitor would take the cake with a guess of 1414.

tdb1977
04-01-2013, 06:25 AM
With a total of 1620 heating degree days this March, sdways01 is declared the winner with a guess of 1608. Congratulations on the victory!

Snow Miser
04-01-2013, 06:54 AM
Congratulations sdways01!

sdways01
04-01-2013, 12:05 PM
With a total of 1620 heating degree days this March, sdways01 is declared the winner with a guess of 1608. Congratulations on the victory!

Yey, bragging rights for the next month. I didn't expect I would be that close to the actual number.

whitemtnvisitor
04-01-2013, 08:44 PM
Congrats sdways01!!