CoCoRaHS is flourishing in Georgia! You can let us know how much rain, hail or snow you measured in your backyard or schoolyard by joining the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. This new program helps meteorologists, researchers, the media and others see and study the variability of precipitation across Georgia. The data submitted by observers will be available to anyone using the web. If you'd like to contribute valuable precipitation information unique to your location, then this program is for you!
The CoCoRaHS program began in 1998 after a devastating heavy rain event in Fort Collins, Colorado. Parts of the Fort Collins area received as much as 14 inches of rain in a little over a day's time, while other parts of the city got as little as 2". This demonstrated the need for more precipitation observations to better show how much rain has fallen. In Georgia, we had over 150 observers join in just the first month, and most of those observers are still with us making daily observations from around the state. Now, we have 529 active observers and regular daily reports of up to 200 stations on dry mornings and over 300 on wet days. Since the network started, over 75,000 daily rainfall reports have been entered on the CoCoRaHS website for Georgia.
Volunteer Observers and Local Volunteer Coordinators are still needed to continue to grow this network across Georgia. Volunteer Observers are the backbone of the CoCoRaHS program. Observers record precipitation information using a standard 4" rain gauge and enter their observations onto the CoCoRaHS webpage. CoCoRaHS is working to build a very high density network, so if there are already other observers near you, go ahead and sign up anyway -- your data will be welcome.
Volunteer Coordinators work with the Regional and National Coordinators and will help answer new observer questions, contact new observers to help start reporting, and help with training - although training slides and information are available at the CoCoRaHS web site. Other Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer Observer duties, along with answers to frequently asked questions, can be found searching through the tabs on the CoCoRaHS main web page.
Please visit the national CoCoRaHS web site at http://www.cocorahs.org or the Georgia CocoRaHS web site at http://www.cocorahs.org/state.aspx?state=ga to learn more about the program and use the Join CoCoRaHS link to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Chris McGehee, the State Coordinator for Georgia, at email@example.com.
Thanks for your interest in CoCoRaHS - Because Every Drop Counts!