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State seeks volunteers to collect rainfall data in their backyards

A sparrow sits on a tree branch as rain falls around it.
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A sparrow sits on a tree branch as rain falls around it.

Volunteers are particularly needed outside the Twin Cities metro area, the Minnesota Climatology Office states.

The Minnesota State Climatology Office is seeking rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

The network includes more than 20,000 volunteers nationwide who measure precipitation in their backyards using a standard 4-inch diameter rain gauge.

Participants submit their precipitation reports online.

The office stated the data from backyard rain gauges are a critical source of information and it’s beneficial to add more volunteer weather observers each year, even in areas where there are already volunteers.

Volunteers are particularly needed outside the immediate Twin Cities metro area.

Volunteers receive training on how to observe weather trends and how to submit their precipitation and weather event reports.

To sign up or for more information, visit CoCoRaHS.org or contact Luigi Romolo, state climatologist, at luigi.romolo@state.mn.us.

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