It’s raining; it’s snowing; it’s crazy weather out there. Want to know more about the precipitation we’re having this winter? The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) offers a searchable website of just what is falling from the sky. Data is collected by volunteers and used by the National Weather Service, among others.
If reporting on the amount of precipitation in your backyard sounds interesting, please consider becoming part of CoCoRaHS’s network of observers.
In a nutshell:
What is it? Volunteer weather monitoring program across the United States. Provides real-time precipitation data which can be used to predict flash flooding, show trends, and help the public better understand weather and climate. Information is used by the National Weather services, insurance adjusters, teachers and students.
Who sponsors it? A collaborative including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service, National Science Foundation, and Maine Department of Marine Resources.
What do volunteers do? Take daily measurements of precipitation in your backyard. Report observations online.
Time commitment: Asks for a commitment of one season, but longer is preferred. About 5 minutes per day. (Vacations allowed)
Kid friendly? Yes
Time of year? Any