It’s March Madness in the college basketball world. However, meteorologists and climatologists across the country are using this widely known season to promote CoCoRaHS. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network is looking for more volunteers to report weather observations right from the comfort of their home.
Each state in the U.S. is competing with each other to sign up the highest amount of new weather observers for CoCoRaHS in March. Florida has been participating in this weather-observing network since 2007.
“Florida has extremely variable rainfall over short distances, especially during the summer wet season”, said Danny Brouillette, a climatologist with the Florida Climate Center, a unit of Florida State University, and a Florida coordinator for CoCoRaHS. “Data gathered from CoCoRaHS volunteers are very important in better understanding local weather and climate patterns.”
The data submitted each morning is accessible to anyone through the CoCoRaHS website on an easily viewable map. The entire process takes about 5 minutes or less each day.
You can join and become an official observer by going to the CoCoRaHS website and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” emblem on the upper right side of the page. You then take a quick online training module and order your 4 inch rain gauge. Then, you are good to go!
“We are in need of new observers across the entire state. We would like to emphasize rural locations and areas near the coast,” added Brouillette.
Brouillette can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 850-644-0719 if you have any questions as well as Ivetta Abramyan, who is the other Florida state coordinator for CoCoRaHS,at email@example.com.