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March 12, 2012

March Madness…for weather observation

When you think of March Madness it usually brings images of slam dunks and raucous fans, but it also means recruiting for weather observation. It's a contest between all 50 states to see who can recruit the most new volunteers during the 31 days of March.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS for short, is always in need of a greater number of observations. Due to the variability of precipitation, amounts measured can be quite different only a block or two away. Help fill in the gaps during the contest. More observations mean a clearer picture and better understanding of where it did and did not rain.

South Carolina is currently in 7th place for the Per Capita count so sign up at CoCoRaHS and help put the Palmetto State over the top.

The contest is broken down into two categories:

The winning state in each category receives the "CoCoRaHS Cup" to keep and exhibit for a year until next year's contest (in the tradition of the NHL's Stanley Cup).

Everyone can help - young and old and in between. Here are the basic requirements for being a CoCoRaHS weather observer:

What are the benefits of being a CoCoRaHS observer? Well, we don't offer a paycheck, but by about participating in the CoCoRaHS network you will make an important contribution. Providing your daily precipitation data will assist in filling in a piece of the climate puzzle that affects all South Carolinians. CoCoRaHS also is a great way to learn more about weather while collecting valuable rainfall data.


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