NWS seeks local precipitation observers

From Press Reports

The National Weather Service’s Jackson Weather Forecast Office is looking for volunteers in Winston County to join the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network.

Volunteers would spend no more than a few minutes each day taking simple rainfall and snowfall measurements in their own backyard. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate in the network.

All that is required are low-cost measurement tools and an Internet connection to send in the reports. Those who are interested in joining the network should visit the National Weather Service Jackson webpage (http://www.weather.gov/jan/) or call the office at 601-936-2189 for more information.

Data collected by CoCoRaHS observers is used by meteorologists to improve river forecasts and flood warnings and to verify what is being shown by weather radar. Data collected by volunteers from Winston County can help improve Noxubee River and Pearl River forecasts.

CoCoRaHS data is also used in weather research, which can improve weather forecasts and warnings in the future. Other occupations that frequently rely on CoCoRaHS observations include farmers, gardeners, emergency managers, insurance adjusters and engineers.

So far in 2014, only one active CoCoRaHS observers are located in Wintson County. Additional observers are desired in many areas, Louisville, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya.