Precipitation network seeks rainfall observers
With the arrival of March, the Mississippi Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network again is looking to recruit new observers of rainfall throughout the state.
Based at Mississippi State, the organization commonly referred to as CoCoRaHS is a joint effort among the National Weather Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the university’s geosciences department. Information collected is used by meteorologists and climatologists studying patterns of precipitation.
The state organization currently is taking part in a nationwide recruiting effort called “March Madness.” Along with other state networks, it is competing this month to sign up the most new rainfall network observers.
“We have two goals for this year’s March Madness: to sign up someone in each of the 30 counties without an active observer and to increase the number of observers in those counties with only one or two volunteers,” said Kathy Sherman-Morris, CoCoRaHS state coordinator and an assistant professor in the department. “Ideally, we would like to have at least five or six observers evenly spread throughout each county.”