When Minnesota became the 50th state to join this grass-roots weather effort, the Community Collaborate Rain, Hail & Snow network (CoCoRaHS) officially claimed a stake in every State in the Union. (North Dakota had previously joined CoCoRaHS in the fall of 2008). Between the two states, over 1600 people are signed up to act as part of a nationwide weather network. Recently, the North Dakota State Climatologist and a Fargo Television Station cooperated to produce an excellent video highlighting the CoCoRaHS program. Click here to see the CoCoRaHS video.
While the National Weather Service (NWS) operates its own Cooperative Weather Observer network, the purpose of the NWS Coop Program is different than that of CoCoRaHS. The NWS Coop Program is designed for collecting quality, long term climatological data with the purpose of tracking climate variations. The CoCoRaHS program has an equally important, but significantly different goal in mind. CoCoRaHS is designed to deal with the more near term "weather." The NWS Climate Program is concerned more with the climate over the past many years, while CoCoRaHS is mainly concerned with the weather over the past several days.
We do encourage those who have an interest in weather to check out the NWS Cooperative Observer Program as well as the CoCoRaHS network. Both provide valuable information, not just to the NWS but to everyone!
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