NWS says weather observers needed in CT
Are you interested in the weather? Would you like to know how much rain fell at your house? Do you stick a ruler in the snow to see how much fell during a winter storm?
If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help in Connecticut.
The National Weather Service is looking for volunteers to report rain and snow totals through CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network.
CoCoRaHS is a citizen-science network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure precipitation across the country.
The observations are used by the National Weather Service, not only for listings in storm reports, but more importantly for water resource management.
CoCoRaHS observers supplement precipitation reports from automated stations at airports and greatly improve the quality of monthly water resource summaries for Connecticut state officials.
Today there are just under 150 active observers in Connecticut.
More stations are needed to help measure and map precipitation throughout the state. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can impact our lives.
Schools are also welcome to participate to help reinforce math and science skills.
“Reports from CoCoRaHS help us provide a clearer picture of rainfall patterns in southern New England,” according to Nicole Belk, Hydrologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office. “Without the dedication of these volunteer observers it would be difficult to get an accurate assessment of rainfall distribution, which is critical to assess potential flood or drought conditions.”
To sign up, go to the CoCoRaHS website (www.cocorahs.org) and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” orange box on the upper right side of the web page.
After registering, take the simple online training, order a plastic rain gauge from the CoCoRaHS website, and start reporting.