Weather observer volunteers sought

Oklahoman Published: April 7, 2013
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The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network is a national precipitation monitoring network that is seeking additional volunteers.

The program, commonly known as CoCoRaHS, includes volunteers of all ages who document the amount, intensity, duration and patterns of precipitation by taking simple measurements in their own backyards.

Volunteers only need a cylindrical rain gauge, some training, and an interest in weather to participate in the program.

The specific rain gauges that CoCoRaHS uses are available from several distributors on the network's website, www.cocorahs.org, for $28, plus shipping. The site also offers online training.

Information from CoCoRaHS volunteers is routinely viewed and used by many professions and organizations, including the National Weather Service, meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities, insurance adjusters, agribusinesses, engineers, science teachers and others.

The information is used in many ways, including water resource planning, severe storm warnings and teaching earth sciences.

“For people that are interested in the weather, it serves as a really good way for them to give back to their community,” said Cindy Luttrell, Oklahoma CoCoRaHS coordinator. “With CoCoRaHS anyone who is willing to purchase the rain gauge that we use can sign up and add their location into our archive. With precipitation it can vary quite a bit from one location to the next, so every additional person really does help fill in that informational gap.”

For more information, email cocorahs@mesonet.org or call Luttrell at 310-9137.

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