The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, has invited Colorado K-12 schools to participate as volunteers in a fun “citizen science” program that helps weather and climate scientists across the nation.
A free training session, which is also open to the general public, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Fort Collins Public Library, Harmony Campus, 4616 S. Shields Road.
Participants will learn how the National Weather Service measures precipitation, why it is important, and will have the opportunity to contribute their own precipitation data that will benefit both their local communities and scientists. The program is fun, easy, and takes only a few minutes a day.
Fundraising efforts have been ongoing, and teachers who sign up and attend a training session are eligible for a free rain gauge for their school.
Nolan Doesken, Colorado State University state climatologist and founder of CoCoRaHS, will host the training session, titled "How to measure rain, hail and snow in your own backyard.”
Current CoCoRaHS volunteers who have not attended a training session are also encouraged to attend.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Noah Newman at (970) 491-8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.