I would like to ask if using snow forecasts as external data will be considered. This is the first website that I have found but probably there are plenty of snow forecast for USA.
Should I bother looking for forecasts or this won’t be accepted and we can rely only on data for doing our predictions, not in other people’s forecasts?
Anyhow since now I understand that the problem is not about forecasting but about increasing the resolution of SWE data there is no incentive in using snow forecasts.
I think that counts as “Additional climate data”, so you would need to fill the official request form so you can use it. If it is approved, then I guess that you can use that data up through the day of estimation. Let’s see if an admin can confirm if I am right or not.
Hi @ironbar - Thanks for your patience. It seems you figured this out from the responses in our other thread.
And yes, in general @Galeros93 is also right about additional data sources like this. Additional data can be explored during model training, but only approved sources are allowed for generating predictions during real-time evaluation. The description on the website and the data request form includes what is required for an additional source to be considered, including a demonstration that the source adds clear value beyond existing approved sources (like the HRRR climate data source). Again, in this case it seems you tracked down the answer already.