A volunteer weather program is looking for weather observers throughout Juneau, Adams, Monroe Counties to measure precipitation. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network is a grassroots national program of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation in their local communities.

Tim Halbach, Monroe County Coordinator for CoCoRaHS and meteorologist at the National Weather Service in La Crosse, say, “The more rainfall observers we have, the better we can describe the amount and extent of precipitation in Wisconsin. CoCoRaHS observers are a valuable supplement to the daily weather observations by National Weather Service observers.” Observers will need to purchase a standard four-inch rain gauge to measure precipitation. Find out more about this program at the CoCoRaHS Web site (http://www.cocorahs.org/), or contact Tim Halbach by email (Timothy.J.Halbach@noaa.gov) or phone at 608-784-7294.

A training session is scheduled at the University of Wisconsin-Extension office in Mauston on June 5th to explain what is all involved in the program and tips for how to measure precipitation.  Pre-registration is required for this session.  To register, please phone Judy Kenneday at the University of Wisconsin Extension – Juneau County office at 608-847-9329.