Cooperative Weather Observer volunteers needed:

We are looking for individuals within a 5 mile circle (click on maps below) in Austin, San Antonio, New Braunfels and Del Rio, to take daily weather observations for climate purposes.

 satellite view of Austin area
 satellite view of San Antonio
San Antonio
 satellite view of New Braunfels
New Braunfels
 satellite view of Del Rio
Del Rio

Becoming an NWS Cooperative observer volunteer requires the following:

   1. Dedication to public service.
   2. Attention to detail.
   3. Ability to learn and perform daily duties.
   4. Willingness to allow NWS to place measuring instruments on your property.
   5. Willingness to allow at least two visits per year from a NWS representative.
   6. Ownership of a computer and internet service.

Your duties would include collecting, recording, and disseminating temperature and precipitation data once daily at 8 am.  Here's the equipment we install:

We provide, install, maintain and repair all weather equipment: a solar powered recording rain gauge, an 8 inch rain gauge and an electronic temperature unit. We ask you safeguard the equipment as best you can. If any equipment fails, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ll need access to the equipment for routine maintenance twice a year and for any emergency repair. We’ll make every effort to coordinate visits with you.


photograph of a rain gauge display unit for temperature sensor standard 8 inch rain gauge shelter for temperature sensor
The solar powered recording rain gauge.  Beginning each month, gather the data tape and send it to us. Temperature Indicator.  Installed indoors.  This is plugged into a wall outlet and uses little electricity.

For the electronic temperature unit, record 24 hour maximum and minimum temperatures and current temperature


The 8 inch rain gauge.  If precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) occurred in the past 24 hours, measure the amount of water in the can, and empty it.  Record the 24 hour water amount. Temperature Sensor. Installed outdoors.



For more information, please view the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program website at:

If you are in the proper area (see maps above) and are interested in becoming one of our citizen observers, please email:
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