BECAUSE EVERY DROP COUNTS!
Rain and snowfall amounts can vary widely from location to location. There are days when your house will stay dry, but your neighbor across the street has an afternoon downpour! While the National Weather Service has specialized equipment in the field to report rain and snow totals, they are sometimes too far apart to detect these localized situations. That is why we need you to fill in the gaps. Precipitation observers are needed across Wisconsin and we are looking for volunteer observers for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, also known as CoCoRaHS. You don’t need to be a scientist to join; anyone with an interest in weather can become a CoCoRaHS observer. All you need is an 8 inch rain gauge and to complete some simple online training. If you would like to volunteer, please follow the links below for more information on the program, training, necessary equipment, and how to join. Your participation would be greatly appreciated, and remember: every drop counts!
In addition to CoCoRaHS reporters, we are also looking for precipitation-type observers. No training or equipment is necessary. All you need to do is simply look out the window and report what kind of precipitation is falling in your backyard. Then, submit a precipitation report on your local computer, or download the app for your mobile phone so you can report anytime and anywhere! While radars can detect what type of precipitation is occurring IN the clouds, we need your help so we know what is happening ON the ground. By submitting a precipitation-type report, you will alert local meteorologists to the ongoing situation so we can give you the most up to date and accurate forecast as possible. For more information on the Precipitation Identification Near the Ground project (or PING), please click on the banner below: