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Welcome to Rhode Island CoCoRaHS !

The Ocean State became the 30th state to join CoCoRaHS on April 1, 2008
  Currently we have nearly 90 observers who help us measure daily precipitation

Have Questions or Would Like More Information?

Contact: Joe Dellicarpini, Southern New England Coordinator, or
 Bill Simpson, State Coordinator,

IT'S BACK! Check out the latest SNE CoCoRaHS Newsletter!
(Thanks to our new Editor, Matt Spies, CT-FR-9)

November, 2015: Nov2015SNE.pdf
October, 2015: Oct2015SNE.pdf
September, 2015:  Sep2015SNE.pdf
August, 2015: Aug2015SNE.pdf

We are always looking for more observers!!!
It's easy to sign-up. To join CoCoRaHS click here: Join CoCoRaHS

You can take the observer training online
Training sessions are held periodically by NWS Taunton.
We will post dates of training sessions here.

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 show up daily.

What Do I Need to Join?

We strongly encourage you to purchase a 4" plastic rain gauge. This will ensure that the data collected by CoCoRaHS observers is not only consistent throughout Rhode Island, but between  Rhode Island and the rest of the country! 

The rain gauge costs around $30 plus shipping and may be purchased at:

How Is CoCoRaHS Data Used in Rhode Island?

Some users of CoCoRaHS data include the National Weather Service (NWS), State and Local agencies, the media, and the public. For example, the NWS Northeast River Forecast Center uses daily precipitation data to supplement precipitation analyses, which are used to help predict river flows throughout the region. NWS Taunton uses the data for drought analysis, post-event reviews, and to assist with the issuance of Flood Watches and Flood Warnings.

Did You Know???

Rhode Island averages between 40 and 50 inches of precipitation each year

Record 24 hour rainfall: 12.13 inches in Westerly, Sep 16-17, 1932
Record maximum annual precipitation: 70.21 inches in Kingston, 1985
Record minimum annual precipitation: 24.08 inches on Block Island, 1965

If you have any questions about CoCoRaHS in Rhode Island, email
Joe Dellicarpini, Southern New England Coordinator, or
 Bill Simpson, State Coordinator,

Rhode Island CoCoRaHS is a collaboration between Colorado State University, 
National Weather Service in Taunton, and the Rhode Island Water Resources Board