Yeah, I realize today’s date is not the same as the one in the title, but none of you have earned any points since Friday, so the title date is still valid meaning y’all are the actual slackers and not me. Here are your dang standings.

AtmoCup 2017 Week 3 Standings

1. North Carolina State University – 8 Points
T2. Arizona State University – 3 Points
T2. University of Northern Colorado – 3 Points
T2. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 3 Points
5. Virginia Tech University – 2 Points
T6. Oregon State University – 1 Point
T6. Purdue University – 1 Point
T6. Mississippi State University – 1 Point
T6. University of Michigan – 1 Point
T6. San Jose State University – 1 Point
T11. Everybody else – 0 Points

Rundown of This Week’s Points

1/22 – NC State, 3 Points – Storm Spotting, Claimed the Albany, GA tornado via this incredible video.

It would be wrong of us not to note that this tornado, along with many others from last weekend’s Dixie Alley outbreak, caused heartbreaking damage to communities in the Southeast. While incredible Mother Nature videos like this enthrall the majority of us in the meteorology community, the destruction these storms cause is a reality we must not shy away from. As always, you can visit our Disaster Relief Charities page for info on agencies assisting with the recovery effort that you can donate to or volunteer with.

1/23 – Oregon State, 1 Point – Random bonus point, picking up the tab at the AMS #wxtwitter hangout.

1/24 – UNCO/ASU, 3 points each – Weekly Instagram Contest, As seen in our Weekly Siren Test (also published late lol)

This past week we issued a special challenge to those of you attending AMS 2017.

We are pleased to announce that people participated! NC State caught 2 people sleeping, and Virginia Tech managed to catch the latter napper as well.

1/23 – NC State, 2 Points – AMS Sleeper Challenge

1/25 – NC State, 2 Points – AMS Sleeper Challenge

1/25 – Virginia Tech, 2 Points – AMS Sleeper Challenge

That isn’t all the points NC State earned this week. They NC state folks on wxtwitter knew they had the hot hand and called their road victory of Duke. For that, along with this sweet exclamation point dunk, we award NC State an additional bonus point.

Ways you can earn AtmoCup points for your school RIGHT NOW

Here are the complete rules and details of our 2017 AtmoCup competition listing the many ways in which you can earn points. We’ll be sure to post this link in each weekly update for your convenience. Here’s a brief overview of this week’s opportunities:

  • Weekly Instagram challenge: Tag us in a photo of #DrinkingWithMets!, (Due 12z tomorrow, so get them in soon!)
  • Storm spotting
  • Random bonus points
  • The WX Challenge (The competition begins tomorrow, so we hope those of you in academia have signed up!)

Now get out there and earn some dang points.