What’s the Weather in Your Backyard?
When you hear the rainfall amount from the official gage, have you ever said,
You can let us know how much rain or snow you measured in your backyard by joining the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network - CoCoRaHS. This program will help meteorologists, researchers, the media, and others see and study the variability of precipitation.
The goal of the program, which is now in its 12th year, is to provide a more dense precipitation network that will supplement existing observations. CoCoRaHS aims to have 20,000 observers by 2010. For more information about how to join CoCoRaHS, log on to www.cocorahs.org. The West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina sites can then be found by clicking on that state on the homepage. Online tutorials explaining where to properly place your rain gauge and how to precisely read your gauge.
Henry Reges, national CoCoRaHS coordinator from Colorado State University, says that this program will act as the “farm team” for the more established Cooperative Observer Program run by the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service also sponsors CoCoRaHS. Reges also says, “Volunteers can include anyone who can devote five minutes a day to take rain gauge measurements and then post their readings online.” Volunteers must purchase a standard rain gauge, which costs about $25. The rain gauge can be purchased from distributors online, which are posted on the CoCoRaHS website.
If you would like to be a Volunteer Coordinator for your county, contact us by sending an email Dennis.Sleighter@noaa.gov or Anita.Silverman@noaa.gov. Local Volunteer Coordinators are needed now to help this network grow. The main duties of the volunteer coordinators will be to help answer new observer questions, contact new observers to help start reporting, and help with training - although training slides and information are available at the CoCoRaHS web site.
Thanks for your interest in CoCoRaHS - Because Every Drop Counts!