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Let's Hit 15,000!
« on: September 10, 2019, 04:32:58 PM »
I am up for the challenge! are YOU?
CoCoRaHS -- Rain Gauge Week is Here! - Let's Hit 15,000!
Fort Collins, Colorado -- September 10, 2019
Dear Rain Gauge Watchers:
 This is it ó our self-proclaimed week for celebrating rain gauges and the important data they collect!  Later this week I will be sending out a short article about the history of National Weather Service rain gauges back to the late 1800s.  If you are one of the hundreds of schools participating, or would like to play along, keep reading for a message from our education coordinator about a new lesson/activity where anyone can look up real satellite data from a NASA mission that measures precipitation from orbit, and then compare it to CoCoRaHS data to see how it lines up - hint: pretty good, but certainly not perfect - but data from sources like CoCoRaHS are exactly the kind of thing that helps mission scientists refine and calibrate their satellites.
 But first letís focus on our goal ó getting 15,000 of us to report on the same day.
As I began writing this message on (late) Monday evening, over 10,700 daily reports had already been submitted.  Now, this morning, hundreds of schools that set out their gauges yesterday are reporting their first daily report for the week, and many for the first time ever.  We also have several hundred newcomers to CoCoRaHS who have just gotten their gauges set up and are ready to begin reporting.  But if weíre going to hit 15,000 itís going to take more than that. Itís going to take a few thousand of us who often check our rain gauge but who donít always report on dry days to get out there and report. 
 I was hoping for some widespread rains this week to drum up interest, but Iím not sure thatís going to happen.  As I look at the forecast for this week, southern Canada and the northern tier of the US could see wet weather.  But it is looking dry for many of us especially from California to Colorado and from Texas northeastward to Kentucky.  The good news is reporting zeros is really easy, so letís do it!  As we say, "Be a hero and report your zero!"
A Few "What If's"
  • What if Iím going on vacation and donít have anybody helping me read my gauge while Iím gone?
     Well, shucks. For sure, enjoy your vacation.  When you get back you can always send in a multi-day report.  Unfortunately, multi-day reports do not count as daily reports. However, if you find no moisture at all in your gauge when you return, you may be able to file zero reports for each day and those would count.  But do check the maps for your area and make sure that each day was dry everywhere around you.  Small amounts of precipitation may have fallen and then evaporated from your gauge before you got back. So report zeros only if they truly were zeros.
    What if I havenít put my rain gauge out yet?
     Why wait any longer. Put it out today and start measuring and reporting tomorrow!
    What if I donít have a rain gauge yet?
     Drat, this is a poor time to figure that out :-) Obviously, you canít be reporting precipitation without a gauge. But if you know for sure that no precipitation fell, you could report zero even without a gauge.  Then get a CoCoRaHS-compatible gauge as soon as you can so youíre ready for the next big rain.  Our "Welcome Letter" has links to vendors that sell the approved gauge.
    What if my old gauge is worn out, broken or unreadable?
     Well, this is a fine time to figure that out. Go ahead and order a replacement gauge when you can. If you simply canít afford one and really want to continue to participate, please contact us.  Weíll see what we can figure out.
    What if I forgot my login information?
     That's easy. Click here to look it up yourself. If you don't know your station number, you'll need to provide the e-mail address you used when you signed up with us.  If that doesn't work, or if you need us to update your e-mail address, please e-mail our help desk ( and we will assist you.
    What if I canít login and seem to be blocked from entering data?
     If you have not entered any data for a year or more your station may have been automatically closed and your data entry page will be blank.  Just let us know by sending a quick message to and we can easily re-activate your account and youíll be back in business with the flip of a switch.
    What if I just donít feel like it?
     All I can do is be an "encourager".  The rest is up to you.  If you think your "little" report of 0.00 doesn't mean something, I can only tell you that it really, really does.  If nothing else, it completes your data and makes it even more valuable for researchers who can only use stations with no missing days within the month.
Finally, thanks for your excellent effortís to report rainfall from Hurricane Dorian all up and down the East Coast from southern Florida to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. What a trip that was.  Thanks for the detailed comments as well that some of you submitted.
 One of the very hard parts of CoCoRaHS is the fact that when a disaster occurs almost always one or more of us are nearby and sometimes right in the middle of things.  For example, we had volunteers on both of the islands in the Bahamas that were so incredibly devastated.  We have heard from one volunteer who survived. There is grave concern however that some may not have. We will keep you posted.
 I will be in touch again later in the week with more information and an update on reaching our goal.  No farm story this time but we did add four young hens to our flock just this afternoon.  Iíll give you an update on how theyíre socializing in my next e-mail, but for now, please continue reading for a quick message from our education coordinator, Noah Newman:
 Hello schools, and anyone else that would like to learn how to access real data from NASA satellites (and CoCoRaHS data from the High Plains Regional Climate Center).  This new activity - linked below - will guide you through the steps to download monthly totals from the NASA GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) Mission and compare them to direct ground measurements from your own CoCoRaHS station.  If you just started, or if your own station doesn't have complete data, it is easy to modify the instructions to select another station closest to you that does have complete data.  If you follow the complete set of instructions and e-mail NASA your comparison graphs, they will send you a digital certificate of appreciation and potentially highlight your school during Earth Science Week (Oct 13-18).  Otherwise, check out the tools and explore!  The instructions for accessing CoCoRaHS data are cool on their own!
 Click here to begin!
 Until then,
Nolan Doesken and the CoCoRaHS team
 NOAAís Weather Ready Nation Ambassador Program
 Colorado State University

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Re: Let's Hit 15,000!
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 01:33:33 PM »
A CoCoRaHS follow up today
Good morning, or noon for those of you on the east coast. Thanks for being a part of the CoCoRaHS rain gauge network!
 If you have already submitted your daily rainfall report for this morning, including the many of you who reported zero, thank you very much.   If not, please check your gauge and submit your report today and help us reach our goal of 15,000 daily reports.
 Remember, you can always go back and enter data for previous days, but please be careful when selecting the date.  When you log in each day, the form defaults to the current day, so you'll need to click on the date picker arrows to select a previous date.  Also, if you want to submit bulk zeros for more than one day, we have the "Monthly Zero's" form found in the left-hand menu of your data entry page.
 Click here to go straight to your monthly zero's data entry page where you can check the boxes to automatically enter a zero for the 24-hour period ending at your observation time on that day:
 Click here to view a two-minute video tutorial for entering daily data:
 As we continue our celebration of rain gauge week, please check the CoCoRaHS blog ( for new information, youíll see updates on our Facebook page ( and Twitter account (, and Iíll be sending out another message later today about the history of rain gauges used by the National Weather Service.
 Thank you again. I found .08 inches in my gauge this morning, but it looks like the rest of the week will be zeros.
 Best wishes to everyone,
 Nolan and the CoCoRaHS Team

Let's do it!