CoCoRahs Snow Spotter Network Sets Up In Duluth

By KBJR News 1

November 6, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2011 at 12:52 AM CDT

Duluth, MN ( Northland's NewsCenter )
Some Northlanders love snow.
Others hope it holds off as long as possible.
Either way, it comes eventually and there's now a way for weather watchers to keep an eye on it.
The National Weather Service is part of a new snow and other precip measuring service called CoCoRahs.

"Community Collaborative Rain Hail Snow Network." said Kevin Kraujalis of the National Weather Service.

This weekend, meteorologists Adam Clark and Jeff Edmondson helped organize a training session for new CoCoRahs reporters here at the NewsCenter.

"It's a grass roots organization that anybody from 9 to 90 can measure snow or precipitation if they have a rain gauge and enter it on a computer." said Kraujalis.

"You enter it and it's there on a national website for anyone to see and it's archived and going to be used by the National Weather Service, climatologists, hydrologists." said Carol Christenson of the National Weather Service.

The precip data is important because it gathers information from off the beaten path.

"In rural areas, we don't have any weather stations so it fills in the gaps and precip is highly variable so we need to have good stations in different places to report precip amounts." said Kraujalis.

Over 70 interested snow spotters turned up for the weekend training session at the NewsCenter.
One, Tyler Curry of Finland, Minnesota, was especially eager to find out about CoCoRahs.

"Because I want to know if it snows or not. I love snow." said Tyler.

Around our region, most do but a few don't but both sides are always interested in finding out how much falls.
In Duluth, meteorologist Dave Anderson, the Northland's NewsCenter.

For more information on the Cocorahs network, check out their website:
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