Residents of both Georgia and South Carolina can now participate as volunteer weather observers by measuring rain, snow and
hail through the CoCoRaHS Program.
So, what is CoCoRaHS?
CoCoRaHS stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow
Network. CoCoRaHS began with the Colorado Climate Center at
Colorado State University in 1998 in response to the damaging
Fort Collins flood in 1997.
The CoCoRaHS network is
looking for enthusiastic volunteers to report rainfall, snowfall and hail
information. Observers can be individuals, who take readings in their backyard,
at schools, their places of work, at golf courses and local farmers. The rainfall measurements are made
using high quality 4 inch rain gauges. The information is used by
a wide variety of organizations such as: The National Weather Service; Television Meteorologist; Farmers; Hydrologist; Researchers; Emergency Managers; Water Resource Managers and many others. Become a piece of the
meteorological puzzle and join volunteers from the United State and Canada. The CoCoRaHS Program is striving to have 30,000-40,000 volunteer observers by the end of 2013. It's easy to join and only takes about 5 minutes a day, so become an observer it's a wonderful to help your community and learn about this wonderful natural resource that falls from the sky.
Remember: "Every Drop Counts" & "The Rain Doesn't Fall The Same On All"
Please visit the CoCoRaHS website at http://www.cocorahs.org/ to learn more about the program. You can
click on the "Join CoCoRaHS" link to
become an observer. You can go through the on-line training or attend a
training class to be on your way to become a part of the meteorological
We can also be found on Facebook at:
If you have any questions,
please contact Leonard Vaughan, the Regional Coordinator for the Midlands of
South Carolina and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia, by phone at (803) 822-8135, or by
e-mail at Leonard.Vaughan@noaa.gov
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