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Rain, citizen science and deep data

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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.

Linda Leighty

Greenville

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September 21, 2018 - 34 minutes ago

The citizens of Grifton have continued since Hurricane Floyd to go without power for several days after a hurricane due to Duke Energy not addressing the issue with its substation on Harvey Rouse Road.

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September 20, 2018

September is being used to bring awareness to students’ attendance in Pitt County. However, a simple policy change to “incentivize attendance” is not going to fix the attendance issue.

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September 20, 2018

On Monday Sept. 10, on the front page of The Daily Reflector, there is a large picture taken at the Pitt County Courthouse of many people singing praise songs during the Cover Our Children event.

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September 18, 2018 - 34 minutes ago

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September 18, 2018

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September 16, 2018

I was out of state when Sen. John McCain passed away and I just wanted to thank him for being the true American who served his country beyond the call of duty.

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September 16, 2018

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September 14, 2018

For someone to support this president after everything he has said and done must require a boatload of cognitive dissonance and is truly a Faustian bargain.

What if it was your sister whose (expletive deleted) he grabbed and bragged about it? What if Obama said that? If you wouldn't give him the…

September 13, 2018

Inspiration comes from the oddest places sometimes.

I was reading an IGN article about how Sony refuses to open its PlayStation consoles to cross-platform gameplay for the popular video game Fortnite due to Sony’s longstanding rivalry with Xbox owner Microsoft.

It got me wondering as to why…

September 13, 2018

Why does Trump show respect to Sen. John McCain only after he dies? We all remember what Trump said about McCain: I only like people who are not captured. McCain was a Navy pilot who was shot down and was a POW for over five years.

This coming from a coward like Trump who would not join the…

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