Greetings from your National Weather Service!
While this information is designed as a refresher for CoCoRaHS and National Weather Cooperative Observers, anyone with an interest in weather could use this. If you are interested in being a weather observer, please consider CoCoRaHS.
Winter is coming! Here are snow fall measurement reminders. We are here to support you, and are happy to provide the following resources:
Quick Reference on winter weather measurements and how to enter them on the CoCoRaHS website Courtesy of the Chanhassen NWS:
Winter Weather Observation Training Slide Show (everything you wanted to know about snow observations, including pictures and frequently asked questions) Courtesy of the Chanhassen NWS
CoCoRaHS winter weather training videos (fun animations showing winter weather observations...most 2 1/2 minutes or less):
Using a yardstick to take snow measurements? Here's a chart to convert yardstick measurements to the tenth of an inch: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mpx/Coop/SnowfallConversionChart.pdf
Also, here's a link to the Grand Forks National Weather Service website with the latest weather forecast information,http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf/
The NWS Grand Forks Climate Page has precipitation and snowfall totals (including your reports!): http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf/?n=climate
Here is a CoCoRaHS Video Perspective
We know some of you are only able to report during the rain season, which in itself is instrumental in supporting agriculture and water resource management. If that is the case, we are thankful for your help, and look forward to working with you again in the spring.
To our year-round observers, we are especially grateful because we know the challenges that winter weather brings. Nearly half of our climate is based on precipitation that falls during the snow season, so your reports are vital to those who need year-round data, including the National Weather Service. Your reports are also instrumental for spring flood outlooks.
Thank you to every CoCoRaHS and NWS Cooperative& Observer who can report through the snow season!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at Mark Ewens or by phone at 701-795-5198
Thanks again for volunteering as a CoCoRaHS observer or NWS Cooperative Observer. Your reports truly make a difference! (And many thanks to the Minnesota State Climatologist and Michelle Margraf of the Chanhassen NWS for putting these tips together)