Ross Lazear finishes 1st in WxChallenge

Ross Lazear, in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, finished in first place this academic year among all faculty/staff weather forecasters in the “WxChallenge”—the North American collegiate weather forecasting competition. Each year, over 100 teams (colleges with atmospheric science departments) participate in the national competition, with nearly 2,000 total forecasters, made up of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff. Participants forecast for ten different cities over the course of the academic year, and can win trophies for receiving the fewest forecast error points for a given city, or for all ten cities combined. In addition to Lazear’s cumulative win amongst faculty/staff around the nation, UAlbany participants took home eight city trophies, and PhD student Philippe Papin finished in second place among graduate student participants. UAlbany also sent seven forecasters to the WxChallenge tournament, which is ongoing. More information can be found at