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April 21, 2020

CoCoRaHS hits major milestone: 50 million daily precipitation reports

A citizen science movement based at Colorado State University hit a major milestone Sunday. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, known as CoCoRaHS, collected its 50 millionth daily precipitation report, a record 22 years and more than 48,000 volunteers in the making.

Kelby Ouchley, a retired wildlife biologist from Union Parish, Louisiana, logged the 50 millionth report. Ouchley has measured more than 700 inches of rainfall since he became a CoCoRaHS volunteer in 2009.

“I’ve always been a science data type of guy,” Ouchley said. “CoCoRaHS has an easy-to-use platform that allows me to store information with minimum effort. I also like the idea that my data are accessible for anyone to use.”

Read the full Source article, “CoCoRaHS weather monitoring volunteers collect 50 million daily precipitation reports.”

Photo at top: CoCoRaHS observer Kelby Ouchley from Union Parish, Louisiana, recorded the program’s 50 millionth daily precipitation report with the rain gauge pictured here.