National Weather Service needs volunteer observers in Somerset County

8:22 PM, Mar 8, 2014   |    comments
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GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The National Weather Service says it needs more citizen observers to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) they use for tracking precipitation amounts.

There are currently 450 CoCoRaHS volunteers but the National Weather Service is asking for an additional 50, including some in Somerset County where there is a shortage.

"We'd love to have more observers to tell us what is going on and provide a better forecast," said Forecaster Chris Kimble.

This time of year, forecasters are tracking snow depth and temperature to gauge whether a flood warning is necessary.

"If we get a big warm up and a lot of rain on top of that it creates a lot of runoff and the rivers and streams will fill up very quickly and that could lead to flooding," said Meteorologist Steve Capriola.

CoCoRaHs is currently recruiting citizen observers in all 50 states.

Click here to view the application: http://www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx

 

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