Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Just joined CoCoRaHS

This is a volunteer effort to perform precipitation measurements and report those to a common database. The project is U.S. wide and a large number of states are participating. Here is the CoCoRaHS about us page so you can learn more about this effort.

There is a small cost to purchase the "official" 4 inch diameter rain gauge so that the recordings are consistent. It is available from two location and costs about $30 including shipping.

From their website:

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. 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, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. We currently operate in many states across the country. If we are not in your state please drop us a line and let us know that you have an interest in participating. This helps us know where a desire exists for the network and where to focus our future expansion efforts.

Download the CoCoRaHS brochure as a PDF. (2.2 MB)

Finally, the CoCoRaHS mission statement.

I am headed to the in-person training soon and have already ordered the rain gauge plus I have decided to commit the 5 to 10 minutes per day to capture and record the data. I am interested in seeing how many people participate in Washington State and what the accumulated data looks like when aggregated in a graphical form.

I hope you get a chance to participate. Enjoy.

UPDATE: June 11, 2008 - I decided not to go to the in-person training. The online training brochure was enough information to get me up and running.

Although, I would recommend the in-person training for the opportunity to meet other "CoCoRAHSers". Or are they "CoCoRAHSians"?

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