WANTED! Volunteers to help study storms

Volunteers are needed to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) in Illinois and Iowa!

Anyone can participate; young, old, and in between.  The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions, and a desire to learn more about how the weather can affect and impact our lives.

CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).   By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web site, the aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.  It began in Colorado in 1998, and currently has over 2500 observers in 13 states.

CoCoRaHS in Illinois is sponsored by the National Weather Service and the Illinois State Water Survey.  In Iowa, CoCoRaHS is a partnership between the National Weather Service, Iowa State University, and the Iowa Environmental Mesonet.

To learn more about CoCoRaHS and to learn how to participate, visit the CoCoRaHS web site at www.cocorahs.org.  Click on your state on the map to see more information about CoCoRaHS in your area.

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