Volunteers needed for measuring precipitation

The National Weather Service and CoCoRaHS (The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network based at CSU) are looking for volunteers to measure precipitation in their own backyards and report their observations via the Internet (www.cocorahs.org). It’s fun and easy and only takes five minutes a day! With over 14,000 volunteers in 49 states, CoCoRaHS measurements are being used for important daily and long-term decision-making on drought and water supply for agriculture, recreation, utility providers, resource managers, teachers, scientists and homeowners. Organizations like the National Weather Service use CoCoRaHS data on a daily basis across the county. “We are targeting two areas this fall", said Chad Gimmestad, a National Weather Service forecaster and the network’s regional coordinator.  "One is the Denver metro area, where we would like to have a high density network to study the small scale variability of precipitation. The other area is Jackson and Grand counties because we don’t get much weather information from the valleys where the people live.  More observations will allow us to better monitor the day-to-day weather, droughts and water supply, and also to learn about the smaller scale features of the climate in this area. This is something that ordinary citizens using a simple 4” rain gauge and a ruler can help us with.”


CoCoRaHS will host a series of information/training sessions in October.  These will offer new volunteers a hands-on opportunity to accurately measure precipitation while giving current volunteers a refresher course.  The training schedule is below.  You can learn more about CoCoRaHS at www.cocorahs.org.

 10/13 (Tue) 6:30-8:30pm -- Highlands Ranch Library
10/17 (Sat) 10:00a-12:00p --  Brighton Library

10/17 (Sat) 11:00a-12:30p --  Boulder, NCAR Foothills Lab, 3450 Mitchell Lane FL2

10/17 (Sat) 10:00a-12:00p -- Granby, Sulphur Ranger District

10/17 (Sat) 2:00p-4:00p -- Walden, CSU extension office

10/19 (Mon) 6:30-8:30pm -- Thornton Library
10/24 (Sat) 10:00a-12:00p --  Castle Rock Library
10/24 (Sat) 2:30-4:30p --  Lone Tree Library

These CoCoRaHS training sessions are open to everyone, even if you are just curious about CoCoRaHS and would like to find out more about the program.

For more info please contact Chris Spears the Denver Metro Co-Coordinator
at (303) 828-7284
e-mail: denvermetrococorahs@msn.com

or for Granby and Walden

Chad Gimmestad at (303) 494-4221
e-mail: chad.gimmestad@noaa.gov


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