Rain, citizen science and deep data
Monday, September 10, 2018
“Location, location, location” is not only the real estate agent’s mantra. It applies even more to meteorologists. And perhaps it applies to you if you read your gauge faithfully and record the totals.
Depending on where you live, this summer’s precipitation totals have varied markedly. For example, The Daily Reflector’s weather section reports 3.36 inches for August. Our home rain gauge measured an August total of 6 inches. Beyond satisfying curiosity, this information plays an important role in the scientific study of all things weather-related because our rainfall totals, and those of 30 others in Pitt County, are reported daily to CoCoRaHS.
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, headquartered at the Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University. CoCoRaHS is a unique, nonprofit, 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 and utilizing an interactive website, the aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications.
This is a community project. Everyone can help, young, old and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.
Everyone is necessary to secure and record the deep data that allows meteorologists to generate their best predictions possible. CoCoRaHS is used by The National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, USDA, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor & recreation interests, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community. Join us.