UofSC researchers looking for weather watchers

Network of weather observers to help in study of drought impacts

Geographer researchers at the University of South Carolina are looking for interested weather watchers statewide to serve as citizen scientists reporting on rainfall and conditions in their communities.

The local reports will help monitor drought conditions and assist researchers further understand weather impacts on the environment. The call for volunteers is part of a nationwide “March Madness” recruitment effort this month for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).

This national network of weather observers submit daily rainfall measurements and weekly condition reports through a website. The March drive is an annual friendly recruiting contest between all 50 states to see who can sign up the most new volunteers.

“There can never be enough observers as rainfall amounts can vary greatly over short distances,” said Amanda Farris, program manager for the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessment team in the College of Arts and Sciences’ geography department. “Think of thunderstorms in the summer here in South Carolina. Sometimes it might be raining on one side of the neighborhood and not the other during these very localized weather events.”

To volunteer and learn more about getting involved in the CoCoRaHS Network, visit the CoCoRaHS website or contact Amanda Farris at 803-777-6875 or email afarris@sc.edu.

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