Well, the results are in for the TS Ida forecast contest. I’m glad to say that yours truly finally won. Of course, there will be plenty of argument about the faults of the scoring equation. You’ll get over it. I don’t know who Dr. Free Beer is, but next time, try to get your forecast in the right hemisphere at least. Which brings up a good point… I think I’ll edit the game code to have a field for e-mail address (it will be hidden from the public, but available to me so that I can contact players/verify edited forecasts).
Fortunately for interests along the Gulf of Mexico, Ida has been mostly nuisance. This is not a bad way to end what has been another rather tepid hurricane season. Ida went extratropical very shortly after making landfall (much to the chagrin of my friend Kevin). I wonder if it set a record for quickest tropical to extratropical conversion. Not that Ida was all that tropical at landfall.
In other news, thanks to Perl’s Math::Trig module, I can now trivially calculate the Great Circle distances, which has long been the sticking point. At this point, all that remains to automate the scoring is some parsing and simple arithmetic. That’ll make it easier to get results out quickly. I haven’t yet decided if I should stop producing static results pages and let the CGI generate the results page on the fly, or if I should continue having separate, static pages for the results. I might go with the former in order to conserve disk space. I have no limit on cycles, so long as I don’t take down my provider’s server. We shall see. The first step is to actually write the code like I said I would two years ago.