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Weather Dance registration is open!

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Test your weather forecasting skills in the annual “Weather Dance”, sponsored by the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan.

The Weather Dance occurs at the same time as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments (the “Big Dance”) and allows amateur forecasters to predict which participating team’s city will be hotter or colder on game day in each round of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Players can make forecasts starting Sunday, March 17, 2019 for the men’s tournament cities and Monday, March 18, 2019 for the women’s tournament cities. Predictions can be changed but must be made before 11:59 p.m. EDT on the day the game in question will be played.Site registration is open at

“We designed the Weather Dance about a decade ago as a fun way to connect science, in this case weather forecasting, with a well-known cultural event,” said Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science in the University of Michigan’s Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department. “Everybody complains about the weather forecasts, here’s a chance to show what you can do!”

During the most recent Weather Dance, more than 2,000 people played. Many science teachers involve their classes as part of meteorology units.

The winning K-12 teacher will receive a trophy and a copy of “Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book” by C.C. Burt.

Other winners will receive an extreme weather mug, and the chance to brag about their weather forecasting skills.

For more information, please visit the Weather Dance website:

Good luck!

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