Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation and NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality

A half-day symposium featuring the three winning teams of the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo Prize Competition. The purpose of this event is to recognize competition winning teams and provide engagement with the forecasting community.

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Subseasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo poster image.Event Details

Day: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: NOAA Auditorium/Science Center Building 4, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20901

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Improved sub-seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation would enable water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes, such as the onset of drought or occurrence of wet weather extremes. The challenge of sub-seasonal forecasting is that it encompasses the time frame where initial state information (e.g., coupled land-atmosphere processes) becomes less important and slowly varying long term states (e.g., sea surface temperatures, soil moisture, snow pack) become more important to prediction skill.

In support of advancing sub-seasonal prediction challenge, the Bureau of Reclamation launched the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo prize competition in December 2016. The Rodeo was a year-long, real-time forecasting competition focused on western U.S. temperature and precipitation for weeks 3 & 4 and weeks 5 & 6. Reclamation sponsored the competition in partnership with NOAA, USGS, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Forecasts were issued every other week and evaluated as observed data became available. To be eligible for cash prizes, teams had to outperform benchmark existing forecasts. More information and the leaderboard can be found at the National Integrated Drought Information System Rodeo leaderboard.

Prize Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winning teams for the Forecast Rodeo! Forecasts from the winning teams outperformed benchmark forecasts in all four of the competition categories. The winning teams are:

  • Team Salient: Ray Schmitt, Stephen Schmitt, and Eric Schmitt
  • Team StillLearning: Lester Mackey, Judah Cohen, Jessica Hwang, Ernest Fraenkel, and Paulo Orenstein
  • Team lupoa13: Anthony Lupo, Joseph Renken, and Joshua Herma


Jennifer Beardsley
Prize Competitions Program Administrator
Bureau of Reclamation Prize Program | (303) 445-2265

Joanna Infanti
S2S Program Coordinator
NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality | (303) 445-2265

Meeting Logistics

ID Requirements and Security

A government-issued photo ID is required for entry.

Visitors to the NOAA Silver Spring Campus who are U.S. citizens must present a U.S. photo ID, such as a current state driver's license. Foreign Nationals must present a valid passport or a permanent resident ID ("green card"). All IDs must be originals only - no photocopies accepted.

ID requirements include:

  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • DOD CAC card
  • Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs
  • Veterans ID
  • Military ID
  • Military Dependents ID
  • Trusted Traveler card - Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

For safety, the following items are prohibited at NOAA facilities: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, and pets (except guide dogs).

Driving Directions

From Reagan National Airport:
-Take U.S. Highway 1 towards Washington, D.C.
-Cross over the Potomac River on the 395 Expressway
-Take U.S. 1 to 14th Street
-Make a right onto Independence Avenue
-Make a left onto 7th Street (7th Street will become Georgia Avenue)
-Make a left onto Colesville Road
-Make a left onto East-West Highway
-NWS-NOAA is located on the left
-Auditorium/Science Center is 1301 East-West Highway – Building 4 (near the wave pool)

From Dulles International Airport:
-Take the Dulles Access Road to the Capital Beltway
-Take the Georgia Avenue Exit(South)
-Make a right onto Colesville Road
-Make a left onto East-West Highway
-NWS-NOAA is located on the left
-Auditorium/Science Center is 1301 East-West Highway – Building 4 (near the wave pool)

From 95 South:
-Take I-495 West exit, exit 27-25, towards College Park (US-1)/Silver Spring
-Merge onto Capital Beltway (I-495)
-Take the US-29 Colesville Road exit, Exit 30 towards Silver Spring
-Merge onto Colesville Road
-Turn Left onto East-West Highway
-NWS-NOAA will be on your left
-Auditorium/Science Center is 1301 East-West Highway – Building 4 (near the wave pool)

From 95 North:
-Take 495 West to exit 30 (Colesville Road)
-Merge onto Colesville Road and take a left onto East-West Highway (past the Silver Spring Metro Station)
-NWS-NOAA is located on the left
-Auditorium/Science Center is 1301 East-West Highway – Building 4 (near the wave pool)

Public Transporation

Take the Red Line to Silver Spring.
-If you are coming from downtown Washington, DC, take the escalator steps toward the back of the train.
-If you’re coming South from Wheaton, take the escalator steps toward the front of the train.
Continue out of the station turning toward the left. Walk under the train tracks and go to the left diagonally across the courtyard between the two buildings until you reach East West-Highway. Turn to the left and walk up the street past the building with the “Hand” to the next building. Turn left onto the walkway. The Science Center/ Auditorium are located past the entrance to 1305 and behind the wave pond off to the right. (About one block from the Metro station).

Parking Instructions

NOAA in Silver Spring has public parking in Parking Garage #58. This is a public parking garage under 1315 East-West Highway (known as SSMC3, or Bldg. 3).

-If you are driving south with the NOAA Buildings on your left, you must enter the garage through the second (south) entrance, as you can't turn left at the first (north) entrance.
-Heading north, you can enter either entrance on your right.

Many spaces are metered and quarters are necessary when parking during the weekday.


The following hotels are within close proximity to the NOAA Science Center and Auditorium.

Hilton Silver Spring
8727 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Crowne Plaza Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Courtyard by Marriott Silver Spring
8506 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Last Updated: 6/13/19