Weather forecast game

This week is your last chance to submit your prediction in the weather forecasting game, or to see if you can improve on your score from the previous weeks. If it’s still early in the week, you may like to come back to this on Thursday or Friday.

Your task is to try and predict four elements of the weather in Reading, UK for Sunday 22 October 2017. We want you to predict the following:

• The minimum temperature (in degrees C) to the nearest one decimal place

• The maximum temperature (in degrees C) to the nearest one decimal place

• The relative humidity at 12:00 (GMT) to the nearest whole number (%)

• Total rainfall to the nearest decimal place (mm)

Please enter your predictions for this weekend on the link provided, at the bottom of this Step. Make sure you submit your answers by 24:00 (GMT) on Friday 20 Ocotber. Unfortunately, we have to set this as a cut-off point, to allow us to evaluate the forecasts.

Please be aware that if you participate in the weather forecasting game:

• We’ll ask you to provide your FutureLearn user name so that we can record your score for you. You can choose to use an alternative username if you prefer (only identifiable to you).

• Each week we’ll compile and share the results from the game, to help you evaluate your weather prediction skills.

• The data we gather from the weather forecasting game will only be used for learner feedback within this course and will not be shared outside of this course.

• When we report the results from the game back to Learners at the start of each week, we’ll provide a list of everyone’s score, in alphabetical order by username within a PDF document.

• Entering the game will automatically confirm that you’ve provided consent for us to list the username you submitted when taking part in the game together with your score, within the reports shared within the course.

• Scores will not be ranked.

Enter your prediction on the Royal Meteorological Society website.

The results

After the weekend, you can return to this Step to find out how your did. You’ll be able to compare your results with our data, taken from the World Meteorological Organisation’s weather station at the University of Reading.

Don’t forget you can share your thoughts in the discussion area below, and if you think one of your fellow learners has made a particular good suggestion/comment, let them know.

If you want to, you can use #FLRainorShine in any discussions you may have about the course on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Update: Monday 23 October at 14:00 GMT

We invited you to predict the weather of Sunday 22 October.

Take a look at the Results Table and Sylvia’s Results Summary to find out how you got on in the Weather Forecasting Game in Week 3.

Did you score higher or lower than you expected? We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the discussion area below. We hope that you have enjoyed having a go at predicting the weather, and will now look at weather forecasts in a new light.

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Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather

University of Reading