National Weather Service looking for more CoCoRaHs volunteers


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have seen our fair share of rainy days this winter. The National Weather Service says 70% of our average annual rainfall has come in the last five months alone.

The NWS is looking to add more CoCoRaHs volunteers which that stands for “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network” where you measure and map precipitation right from your own backyard.

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NWS Meteorologist Josh Weiss says if you have a passion for weather, it’s easy to get involved and fun to do.

“Each observers obtains a rain gauge and you take the training either online or via on our training classes where you learn how to use this gauge,” Weiss said. “What you do is measure the rain gauge every morning and report it on the CoCoRaHs website. Every day you’ll be able to see the map updated. They will see their reports, they will see everyone else’s around, and they become a national network reporting rain and snow to the program.”

In our state, there is currently more than 700 active CoCoRaHs volunteers and 58 in southeastern North Carolina alone.

“The more observers we have, the better,” Weiss said. “North Carolina has one of the most complex climates of all of the country so the more observers we have reporting and telling us what kind of rain and snow is occurring the better the National Weather Service is about to our job of protection of life and property.”

This week is also Severe Weather Awareness Week: learn how to stay ahead of severe weather

If you would like to purchase a rain gauge, here. You can sign up to volunteer, here.