Volunteer weather observers needed across Texas

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 3/25/2013 10:13 am
Your help is needed with weather observations in our area. If you regularly measure rain and snow...or the lack thereof when storms systems move...then you can be a part of CoCoRaHS.

Here's what it stands for

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It's a network of volunteers that spans this nation and beyond, across North America. You know well the rain doesn't fall evenly across the South Plains. Even between the now 72 Texas Tech Mesonet sites, there can be significant differences in precipitation. More observers improves the data. This network first started in 1998 at Colorado State University.

Troy Kimmell is a state coordinator for the CoCoRaHS network and explained to the Austin American Statesman the need for more observers in our state. In fact, the majority of observers are close to San Antonio, Austin and Del Rio. I've met Troy a few times at National Weather Association conferences, he's a good guy who knows Texas weather. We need more here across the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico.

Click here - for the FAQ on CoCoRaHS
Click here - to learn how to become a volunteer

Of course, we also appreciate your weather reports to FOX 34. E-mail us any time day or night at weather@fox34.com to relay this valuable information.

Click here - to see just how great this data can be displayed. That map is for today in Lubbock County. But you're able to select county by county and also go back to previous dates.
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