GILLETTE, Wyo. — Those who find it fun to measure and record the amount of rain or snow that falls in their yards are on the National Weather Service’s Rapid City office’s wishlist.
The office said today it’s seeking volunteer precipitation observers for its Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or #CoCoRaHS, “March Madness” campaign.
“Your reports are critical for many agencies,” the office tweeted. “We especially need reporters in northeast #WYwx/western #SDwx.”
Registration is at cocorahs.org.
A high capacity 4” diameter rain gauge is required to participate, and the rain gauge has to be read and emptied at the same time each day, the network’s application said. Training is free, and the measurements just take 5 minutes a day, the network said.
“Your observations continue to give scientists an ever clearer picture of where and how much precipitation falls throughout our communities,” it said.