West Virginians have the opportunity to join the Community
Collaborative Rain, Hail and
Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). West Virginia is the 43rd state joining this unique
nationwide network of over 12,000 volunteers that measure precipitation and report their findings
via the Internet. The state climatologist for West Virginia and the National Weather Service offices
that produce forecasts, watches, and warnings for the state of West Virginia are looking for
volunteer weather observers to collect precipitation data to help study the variable rainfall
patterns that are so often observed in the state.
Weather buffs across the state of West Virginia will now have an opportunity to measure
precipitation with a few simple tools and take an active role in meteorological reporting and
research. All that is needed is a simple standardized 4 inch rain gauge. In order for reports to be
consistent you must use a standardized gauge. These gauges may be purchased from the CoCoRaHS website, or from a private vendor. You can also report
snowfall with a yardstick and and hail sizes with a hail pad.
This program will help meteorologists, researchers, the media, and others see and study the
variability of precipitation across the state of West Virginia.
CoCoRaHS West Virginia kicked off across the Mountain State on May 1, 2009. Help us measure
precipitation from Bluefield northward to Wheeling, from Huntington eastward to Martinsburg as we
learn about this wonderful resource that falls from the sky. To join CoCoRaHS in West Virginia click
Additional information about the program can be found on the CoCoRaHS website.