Have you ever wanted to know how much rain or snow has fallen out your backdoor? We, as meteorologists, would like to know that information as well. This information is invaluable to know how much rain an area has gotten over time for water budget purposes, or for potential flooding concerns. A program, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, in conjunction with the National Weather Service offices across North Carolina are looking for new volunteers.
This is a growing national network to get more localized rain, snow and hail reports. David Glenn, the North Carolina CoCoRaHS State Coordinator and Meteorologist at the NWS Office in Newport/Morehead City, says that the more volunteers, especially in rural and coastal areas, including the Outer Banks, will even greater enhance this program. He also said that Greene County has never had a volunteer!
Sign-up is easy! Log on to the CoCoRaHS website (CoCoRaHS.org) and click the "JOIN COCORAHS" tab in the upper right hand corner to sign up. There is a one-time fee to get your official rain gauge and take a short online course, but after that, you are off and running, providing helpful meteorological and hydrologic data to not only North Carolina, but the entire United States.
The more volunteers, the better the weather information to keep you up to date and just another way we can stay on your side!
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