CROWN POINT | Community Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities.
There will be a training session on CoCoRaHS hosted by the Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Office, 880 E. 99th Court, Suite A, at 2 p.m. Friday for those interested.
Rain gauges that will measure rain down to the hundredths of an inch will be available for purchase. Purdue Cooperative Extension Service-Lake County and the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a cost reimbursement option for those that collect rain data in 2013.
Register by calling (219) 663-7042 or (219) 755-3240 in order to guarantee a rain gauge if desired.
"By using these low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications," said Nikky Witkowski, Agricultural & Natural Resources/Horticulture extension educator .
"The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can effect and impact our lives."
The CoCoRaHs Web page provides the ability for observers and others to see the observations mapped out, as well as providing a wealth of information for data users.
"This information can be used for irrigation scheduling and many other things on the farm," added Witkowski. "It can also be used for drought calculations in an area and to determine the amount of rainfall has been received for watering lawns and gardens.