It’s that time of year where you fill out your NCAA brackets for basketball and as we welcome in Spring.

Where am I going with this?

It’s also time to be a weather spotter. March is typically when we recruit weather weenies. Therefore, I’m asking you to be apart of CoCoRaHS.

I know what you’re thinking… what in the world is that?

It stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. This program is essentially for anyone who wants to volunteer and take weather observations.


In the weather world, it is very important to know how much rain fell, if hail fell, and how much snow is on the ground after a snow storm.

This improves weather models, not only in just the U.S., but also globally. The more observations we have, the more we understand the weather. And many areas across the country are sparse and lacking data. This system here would greatly help anyone in the meteorology field.

And you can be a part of it. Basically all you need is a rain gauge (a decent one) and you’re all good to go… besides officially signing up and taking a quick class.

Rain gauge. Courtesy:

There is a whole website dedicated to this program and for more information you can go to

Most weather observations are taken everyday at 7AM, but don’t let that scare you. This is a great way to help benefit the community and you can take part in it by expanding the weather network.