Jul 082011

The monsoon season seems to be going well. My electronic rain gauge has been giving me fits, but it is finally working properly. Also, I have added a CoCoRaHS rain gauge to my measurement portfolio. CoCoRaHS is a volunteer network run by the National Weather Service to monitor rain and snow fall with greater detail. Good program.

But more important to me is the Arizona-run rainlog.org. CoCoRaHS is more rigid in what data they will except. My electronic gauge on my weather station isn’t sufficient for their standards. So, I augmented it with one of the CoCoRaHS gauges which does have higher resolution and the potential to use with snowfall. Rainlog will accept my electronic data.


Also, Rainlog is local. It is run by the University of Arizona Extension. Their goal is to enhance the knowledge about how much rain fell where in order to help drive more efficient use of our natural resource, water. It is a scarce and expensive commodity in Arizona.

I would like to make a plea to folks to use rainlog.org. If you have a good rain gauge, please register and report your data. If you have a garden or landscaping, please check the sight to see how much has fallen in your area, and use your water more efficiently. Here is a look at the month of July so far from rainlog.org.

Month to date rainfall for Flagstaff Area - July 2011, from rainlog.org

Month to date rainfall for Flagstaff Area - July 2011, from rainlog.org

If you don’t own a gauge, you can find links at rainlog and CoCoRaHS for buying relatively inexpensive ones.


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