Minnesota Joins CoCoRaHS...Volunteers Needed

Minnesota has joined the CoCoRaHS network and citizens are welcome to join...
Minnesota is now part of the nationwide volunteer Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).  Sign up anytime after 11/23/09, and start submitting your data on or after 12/1/09. With the addition of Minnesota, CoCoRaHS is now located in all 50 states.  Minnesota residents (as well as residents of any other state in the U.S.) can join CoCoRaHS by signing up at the following link...
What is CoCoRaHS?

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 network's aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.

This network will compliment several other climate networks which are already in existence in Minnesota.  These include the National Weather Service Cooperative Observing network and the
MNgage Minnesota-area Volunteer Climate Observing Program.  For more information on the MNgage network, please contact Pete Boulay at the Minnesota State Climatology office at 651-296-4214 or pboulay@umn.edu.

For those interested in the CoCoRaHS program, more information can be found below.   

Where did the CoCoRaHS Network originate?

The network originated with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University in 1998 thanks in part to the Fort Collins flood a year prior. In the years since, CoCoRaHS has grown to include thousands of volunteers nationwide. 

Who can participate?

This is a community project.  Everyone can help, young, old, and in-between.  The only requirements are a rain gage, an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions, and a desire to learn more about how weather can impact our lives and community.

Who uses CoCoRaHS?

CoCoRaHS reports are used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals.  The National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, USDA, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor & recreation interests, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community are just some examples of those who visit our Web site and use our data.

What does CoCoRaHS hope to accomplish?

CoCoRaHS has the following goals:
1.     provide accurate high-quality precipitation data for our many end users on a timely basis
2.     increase the density of precipitation data available throughout the country by encouraging volunteer weather observing
3.     encourage citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and heightening their awareness about weather
4.     provide enrichment activities in water and weather resources for teachers, educators and the community at large to name a few 

Who is sponsors this network?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a major sponsor of CoCoRaHS. Other organizations have contributed, either financially and/or with supplies and equipment.  The list of sponsors continues to grow.  Many other organizations and individuals have pitched in time and resources to help keep the network up and running.

What are the benefits to volunteering?

One of the great things about participating in this network is coming away with the feeling that you have made an important contribution that helps others.  By providing your daily observation, you help to fill in a piece of the weather puzzle that affects many across your area in one way or another.  Every volunteer makes a difference in countless ways!

Signing up? Questions??

If you would like to volunteer to become a CoCoRaHS observer, you can sign up at the following link...



If you are in southwestern Minnesota and have any problems or questions, you can contact your Regional Coordinator by sending an email to michael.gillispie@noaa.gov.

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