Precipitation news: Most areas of Metro Denver have received at least four hundredths of an inch of moisture so far from the current storm

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Rain and snow, I almost forgot what they look like with the dry March weather. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the 3-Day precipitation map from Urban Drainage.

Meanwhile, CoCoRaHS is recruiting new observers in southeastern Colorado, according to Bruce Fickenscher writing for the La Junta Tribune. From the article:

Goals stated in the CoCoRaHS mission statement include: provide accurate high-quality precipitation data for our many end users on a timely basis, increase the density of precipitation data available throughout the country by encouraging volunteer weather observing, encouraging citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and heightening their awareness about weather, and providing enrichment activities in water and weather resources for teachers, educators and the community at large. Volunteers make an important contribution in helping others. By providing your daily observation, you help fill in a piece of the weather puzzle that affects many across your area in one way or another.

In southeast Colorado, CoCoRaHS data has been utilized in reporting to USDA offices, documenting extreme weather conditions affecting crops and livestock, BUT we need more volunteers. There are many areas in the seven counties of the Southeast Area that we do not receive any weather information from. CoCoRaHS data is not only used to document when an area gets precipitation, but when it does not.

One advantage of the CoCoRaHS system is that individual volunteers may enter their own data on the website, but for some that is not an option they wish to use. Therefore, in the Southeast Area, we are making another option available. If you wish to participate in the program but do not, or cannot, use the Internet, you may call your local CSU Extension office and give a verbal report to the staff, they will then enter your data into the system. I know all of you producers check your rain gauges and the majority of you have cellphones – easy reporting with a phone call!

If you wish to learn more about the CoCoRaHS network or to sign up as a volunteer, you may contact Storm Casper for Baca County at the Baca County NRCS office at (719) 523-4522 ext. 3, Kevin Lindahl for Crowley, Otero or Bent counties at (719) 469-1894, Bruce Fickenscher for Cheyenne, Kiowa, or Prowers Counties at (719) 438-5321, or your local CSU Extension office in any of those counties. New volunteers will receive an information packet explaining how to properly install and read their rain gauges and reporting procedures as well as a complimentary, high quality rain gauge to get started. The more reports, the more accurate the information!

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