CoCoRaHS stands for Community Cooperative Rain Hail and Snow Network. The network originated with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University in 1998 thanks in part to the Fort Collins flood a year prior. In the years since, CoCoRaHS now includes thousands of volunteers nationwide. This is a community project. Everyone can help, young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can effect and impact our lives.
Each time a rain, hail or snow storm crosses your area, volunteers take measurements of precipitation from as many locations as possible (see equipment). These precipitation reports are then recorded on their Web site www.cocorahs.org. The data are then displayed and organized for many of our end users to analyze and apply to daily situations ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbors comparing how much rain fell in their backyards.
CoCoRaHS is used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals. The National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, USDA, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor & recreation interests, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community are just some examples of those who visit our Web site and use our data. It is sponsored, in part, by the National Weather Service and NOAA.Some of the members of the NEWN participate in CoCoRaHS. Reporting precipitation and snow data to them adds about 15 to 45 seconds to our data recording in the morning. Joining CoCoRaHS is simple. Visit their website, find an application (http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=application), fill it out and submit it. They do ask that you take time to review their educational material (http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=training_slideshows). CoCoRaHS sponsors webinars on weather topics through out the year. They aslo provide summary reports for stations such as the one below.