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Wednesday December 5, 2018

Assignment: Predict the 24 hr minimum temperature (deg F) for Idaho Falls, ID (KIDA)

It may be surprising that a location like Idaho Falls, Idaho has a much more mild climate than frigid locations at almost the same latitude, such as Madison, Wisconsin and Albany, New York, even with Idaho Falls' high elevation (4700 feet). For example, Wednesday's predicted minimum temperature is about 0 F, which would be the coldest minimum in almost a year! So let's predict the Tmin for Idaho Falls and see if it is able to fall below zero.

Question: What is the main reason that it gets so much colder in Madison and Albany than in Idaho Falls?

Forecasts for Idaho Falls, ID (KIDA)
Forecaster Tmin, deg F (error) Comment Day Score