Volunteers needed: Minnesota State Climatology Office seeking help to collect rainfall data

Volunteers are needed to help monitor rainfall for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

The Minnesota State Climatology Office is asking for individuals to volunteer by putting a 4-inch rain gauge in their yard and recording the data online.

MSCO is currently looking for volunteers “outside of the immediate Twin Cities metro area.” Volunteers will be trained on observing rainfall and weather trends as well as how to submit the data from their individual rain gauge into the online database.

A purchase of the four-inch gauge is required and can be bought at a discounted price from the network’s website.

“These volunteers help the DNR verify high rain and snow totals after big events, monitor drought and flooding, make our precipitation maps more accurate and provide needed guidance on Minnesota’s changing climate,” said Luigi Romolo, state climatologist. “This is also a great educational activity for families with kids and a rewarding hobby for anyone interested in weather or climate.”