Monday, 18 February 2019
Login |  Register 
Find Products or Services in your local community
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Become a Volunteer Rainfall Reporter Through CoCoRaHS

CoCoRaHS (pronounced KO-ko-rozz) is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. CoCoRaHS stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network.

Using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive web site, their aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications.  The only requirements to join are enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.  The web page provides the ability for observers to see the observations mapped out in real time as well as providing a wealth of information for our data users. 

Precipitation affects agriculture in so many ways.  Farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and commodity inventors all follow weather prediction and national/international rainfall patterns.  A few examples include monitoring crop development, crop yield prediction and assessment, diseases, insects, and soil moisture assessments.  How much it does and doesn’t rain affects commodity prices and also affects investment and marketing strategies.  Many who are not involved in agriculture may not realize just how much the prices paid to farmers for many commodities vary daily based on observed and predicted weather conditions both here and abroad.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking at CoCoRaHS data regularly to assess crop development, potential drought stress, and possible crop damage and erosion from flooding or drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor uses CoCoRaHS data in helping chart drought throughout the country.  Observer reports (especially those zero reports) provide an important tool for determining where drought is lurking and to what degree it is affecting the agricultural interest in specific counties.

For more information, please click here: Information about CoCoRaHS or call and speak to someone in your local FSA office to see how you might be impacted.  To see who uses CoCoRaHS rainfall observations, click here.  If you would like to sign-up as a volunteer observer and become part of their expanding network, please click here: "Join the CoCoRaHS Network"

You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.

Local officer found dead identified Wednesday
Rural Falls City man arrested following Auburn robbery
Alcohol suspected in Monday evening wreck
Theft scheme nets two arrests
Investigation continues following Atchison pursuit
[Updated] Rumors swirl as hospital financial help is explored
Wildlife investigation holds Atchison man
Hiawatha man arrested on child sex charges
Wathena man killed in Wednesday accident
Services set for local officer
Click Here For All Stories

Wrestling survey results shared with USD 115 Board
Suspects sought in Jackson Co hit-and-run
Saturday wreck downs power lines
Services set for local officer
Drug deal turned shooting nets plea
Wildlife investigation holds Atchison man
Pawnee County Commissioners meet
USD 113 Board approves new student iPads
KS Governor: State "hoodwinked" on new prison
Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People
Click Here For All Stories

©2019 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report

Powered by Radio Media Group