Residents Can Submit Precipitation Info to National Network

Jul 11, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – The long awaited monsoon season has arrived in New Mexico and if you're wondering how much rain fell in your backyard, it just might be your neighbor who can help you out. Residents who track precipitation on their own can submit measurements to a national network that compiles data from across the country.

Kerry Jones is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "If you have a rain gauge that's in your backyard," Jones says, "and you're a sort of one of those borderline weather-junkies that likes to share that information, there's a great program."

It's a community collaboration called CoCoRaHS where volunteers check their rain gauges daily and report their findings. The data is used to track the average moisture across the state. Around 70 Bernalillo county residents measured this weekend's rainfall for CoCoRaHS.