A national volunteer network of precipitation observers, or CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow Network) is looking for more volunteers to track precipitation events across South Dakota reported State Climatologist Dennis Todey, during a recent iGrow Radio Network interview.
Despite today's automated technology, Todey believes local reporting is still essential in tracking the variability of rainfall.
Todey says volunteer reports can also be useful in documenting drought conditions.
Volunteers willing to be part of the CoCoRaHS network must be willing to take daily precipitation readings between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and report the events on-line. They are asked to use a standard 4-inch diameter rain gauge and will receive a small bit of training.
To learn more visit www.cocorahs.org or contact Todey at (605) 688-5678.