Precipitation Observers Needed - Join the CoCoRaHS Team!           


Do you like to watch the weather?  Join the CoCoRaHS precipitation observing team! 

CoCoRaHS observers share the precipitation they measure in their backyard via the internet.  Data from CoCoRaHS observers are used by many agencies at the local, state and national level, including the National Weather Service.  It's a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys watching the weather to become a citizen scientist, and help their community in countless ways. 

All you need to join CoCoRaHS is a standard 4" diameter rain gage (shown in the photos above), and access to the internet to relay reports through the CoCoRaHS website.  You can report precipitation daily, or on specific days when you are able to take measurements.  It's up to you!  Any precipitation reports are greatly appreciated.

We especially need additional precipitation reports across rural areas of 
Western and North Central Nebraska

What is CoCoRaHS?

For additional information on the network, to view data from CoCoRaHS observers across the country, or to join the observing team please visit the CoCoRaHS website at:

You can also contact Matthew Masek, CoCoRaHS Western Regional Coordinator at the National Weather Service in North Platte, Nebraska for more information at 308-532-4936 or

 CoCoRaHS - Join the Team! 

The nationwide volunteer Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a grass-roots effort to provide precipitation reports in as many locations as possible across the country. As the saying goes "the rain doesn't fall the same on all".  Due to the variability of precipitation, amounts can be quite different only a block or two away.  Help fill in the gaps!  The more observations, the better the understanding of the weather conditions that impact the area.  

The National Weather Service uses CoCoRaHS precipitation data daily in river forecast models, flood and drought forecasts, and precipitation and snowfall maps and tables.  Here's a link to where the data are posted:  

CoCoRaHS observers can also send the National Weather Service real-time reports of severe weather including hail size, flooding, storm damage, and excessive rainfall totals, which greatly assist meteorologists with determing the impact of storms on local communities. Your reports will make a difference!  

"Because Every Drop Counts"

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