Bismarck – Now that we’re officially in Spring, severe weather can’t be far off and the National Weather Service is looking for your help.
Volunteers are needed for the CoCORaHS (coco-rahs) or the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network.
Volunteers help the National Weather Service to measure and map precipitation, whether it be rain, snow, or hail from severe thunderstorms.
The Program originated in 1998 in response to devastating flooding in Fort Collins, Colorado a year earlier.
People who are into weather or science, in general– are encouraged to sign up.
We spoke with the weather service which tells us– volunteers are especially needed in Southwestern North Dakota to help with flood forecasting…
“It also supplements our snow reports storm reports, when we report and verify the forecast, also during the snowpack, this time of the year, the critical melting season, their measurements of the moisture in the snow and the liquid content in the snow is very important for determing flood forecasting.” Said Rick Krolak: Observing Program Leader: National Weather Service Bismarck.
The program is free to sign up for, click here for more information.