‘Trickle down’ topic for gardeners
Ever noticed that you get a few drops of rain, a neighbor down the road has a downpour, and neither amount agrees with the local TV report?
Little River Basin Master Gardeners of Milam County invites the community to learn with them about accurate rainfall, hail, and snow measurements and how to report them.
A free program, to be presented by Bill Runyon, Texas CoCoRaHS State Co-Coordinator, is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Rockdale General Store conference room.
The public is invited.
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers working together to measure and map precipitation.
Using low-cost measurement tools, minimal training, and an interactive website, the aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.
The network originated with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University in 1998 after the Fort Collins flood.
In the years since, CoCoRaHS now includes thousands of volunteers nationwide.
Each time a rain, hail or snow storm crosses your area, volunteers take measurements of precipitation from as many locations as possible. These precipitation reports are then recorded on its Web site www.cocorahs.org.
The data are then displayed and organized for many of our end users to analyze and apply to daily situations ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbors comparing how much rain fell in their backyards.