CoCoRaHS: Rain, Hail, Snow Network
|Participant Rating||5 stars||explanation of participant ratings|
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|Goal||Provide weather data to meteorologists|
|Task||Measure rain, hail, and snow|
Puerto Rico, United States of America
United States of America
United States Virgin Islands, United States of America
CoCoRaHS, The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages who measure and report precipitation. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.
Each time a rain, hail, or snow storm occurs, volunteers take measurements of precipitation from their registered locations (reports of 'zero' precipitation are encouraged too!). The reports are submitted to the website and are immediately available for viewing. It's educational, but moreover, fun! Just wait until you start comparing how much rain fell in your backyard vs. your neighbor!
The data are used by the National Weather Service, meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities, insurance adjusters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor and recreation interests, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community.
As seen in Chapter 1 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.
|How to Join||
Visit the website to sign up as an observer. (Click on 'Join CoCoRaHS' in the upper right corner, or click here: http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=application)
Teachers: Find teaching materials here http://cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=education
|Project Timing||Daily measurements are preferably collected sometime between 4:30-9:30 AM, but not required.|
|Materials List||Manual Rain Gauge|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In snow or rain, At home, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Tags||climate, hail, hurricane, national weather service, rain, snow, weather|
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