Welcome to CoCoRaHS in Illinois!
The Summer 2012 issue of Prairie State Precip, the Illinois CoCoRaHS Quarterly Newsletter is now available!
CoCoRaHS observers provide a great service to the community by providing information on precipitation across the state. This information is used by scientists, community officials, farmers, emergency managers, and your friends and neighbors to see where daily precipitation has occurred in Illinois. Anyone with an interest in the weather or the environment is welcome to participate.
What Do I Need
The only requirements for participation are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how the weather can affect and impact our lives.You must also use the standard 4-inch rain gauge to measure your precipitation. Even if you already have some other type of rain gauge such as a digital or automatic gauge often included with home weather stations, you will need to use the standard rain gauge. For an explanation on why CoCoRaHS uses the 4 inch gauge, please go here.
How Do I Join
It's easy to sign-up to become an observer - click on "Join CoCoRaHS" and complete the on-line application form. Once you sign up, you will receive a login and password. After you have a rain gauge and begin making observations, you can log in and report them. Your precipitation observations will start showing up daily on our county maps.
How Do I Obtain a Rain Gauge
If you do not currently have a 4-inch rain gauge, you can order your CoCoRaHS rain gauge from weatheryourway.com for only $27 plus shipping. This is a special price for CoCoRaHS observers, and you will not find a lower price anywhere else. You can get a discounted rain gauge by going to WeatherYourWay.com at http://www.weatheryourway.com/cocorahs/index.html
Training is required! These training sessions are great opportunities to learn from the experts and to meet your fellow CoCoRaHS observers. Attendance at a training session is preferred, but if that is not possible you may take the online training available on the CoCoRaHS web site. There is no charge to attend a training session.
Here are the currently scheduled training sessions. Training sessions will typically last about two hours. Additional sessions will be scheduled in the near future. Please check this web page often for updates!
Illinois CoCoRaHS 2013 Training Sessions
Please note the starting time of the session you are interested in attending.
Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. - Vandalia (Fayette County)
University of Illinois Extension Office
118 N. Sixth Street
To register, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/ and click on “Volunteers Needed to Help Measure Rain and Snow” in the right hand column of “Register Online” or call the Fayette County office at 618/283-2753.
Monday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - Yorkville (Kendall County)
Kendall County Extension Office
7775-B Illinois Route 47
No charge for training but registration is required. Click here to register.
CoCoRaHS in Illinois is made possible by the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois, the five National Weather Service offices with responsibilities in the state: Romeoville/Chicago, Davenport/Quad Cities, Lincoln, St.Louis, and Paducah; and the University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources Management Team.