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The Cooperative Observing Program
Volunteer National Weather Service observers are given an official rain gage and temperature sensor to record and disseminate the official daily weather for their community. Qualifications for this position include;
The COOP (Co-Operative Observing Program) is a nationwide weather and climate monitoring network of 11,700 volunteer citizens and institutions observing and reporting weather information on a 24-hour basis. COOP observations form the backbone of temperature and precipitation (including snowfall) records describing U.S. climate!
COOP MISSION : In addition to meeting the original 1890 agriculturally oriented mission to describe the climate of the U.S., today's COOP observations support many other applications of non-airport climate and weather data by industry, government, and individuals. These include:
Observations taken by COOP observers generally include both of the following parameters: 1) 24-hour maximum and minimum temperatures, and 2) 24-hour liquid precipitation amounts (including melted snowfall).
NATIONAL COOP HOME PAGE : Click here if you wish to visit the OFFICIAL NWS COOP Observer Program Home Page - site of the Nation's largest and oldest weather/climate observing network (1890 - Present).