We'd like to introduce you to a new weather network that is sure to provide valuable data for a multitude of purposes across the Garden State. Coordinated by the Office of the NJ State Climatologist at SEBS/NJAES, CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network) is a community-based precipitation observing network.
CoCoRaHS observers are trained to collect high-quality daily precipitation data. Observations are entered onto a web form via the CoCoRaHS website, archived, and displayed on the site for end users that include meteorologists, hydrologists, farmers, and water resource managers. The CoCoRaHS website also allows observers to report hail and intense precipitation events, observations that are immediately relayed to the National Weather Service for use in the issuance of warnings. CoCoRaHS observations will supplement the wealth of automated data currently collected and displayed via the NJ Weather and Climate Network.
All that is needed to participate in NJ CoCoRaHS is an internet connection, a 4” diameter plastic precipitation gauge, and a ruler for measuring snow. Training is provided for observers, either through online training modules, or preferably, in group training sessions that will be held at several places around NJ over the coming months.
We certainly invite you to become an observer by signing up at http://www.cocorahs.org . Also, we would like assistance with any of the following:
1) volunteer to become a county coordinator, or recommend someone who might fit the bill (coordinators help recruit and retain observers).
2) publicize NJ CoCoRaHS within any websites, newsletters or listserves you maintain.
3) provide us with any thoughts on who else we might contact to spread the word.
Should you wish to receive CoCoRaHS brochures for distribution at any event you might soon attend, please let us know and we'll gladly get them to you.
Thanks very much for your assistance in helping make NJ CoCoRaHS a success!
Dave Robinson & Mat Gerbush
NJ CoCoRaHS coordinators