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Citizen Weather Observer Program

Main Project Information
Presented By NOAA
Goal Help make citizens' weather data available for weather services
Task Contribute your weather data and check data quality of others.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Citizen Weather Observer Program is a group of ham radio operators and other private citizens around the country who have volunteered the use of their weather data for education, research, and use by interested parties. There are currently over 12,000 registered members worldwide and over 900 different user organizations. Their weather data are used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and distributed to user organizations.

The Citizen Weather Observer Program is a public-private partnership with three main goals:

1. Collect weather data contributed by citizens
2. Make these data available for weather services and homeland security
3. Provide feedback to the data contributors so that they have the tools to check and improve their data quality.

How to Join

Detailed instructions on requirements, gear, and how to join the program can be found here:

Required Gear

Home weather station, weather data software package, and a computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Type of Activity At home
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Project Updated 04/21/2017