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Welcome to Rhode Island CoCoRaHS !

"Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nation."

Pawcatuck River 

The Ocean State became the 30th state to join CoCoRaHS on April 1, 2008
(And the first state to join in New England!)

  Currently we have over 120 observers who help us measure daily precipitation
We are always looking for more observers. Sign up today!!!

Why CoCoRaHS?
We believe that precipitation is important and highly variable.
We believe that many other sources of precipitation are not as accurate as ours.
We just happen to use low cost measuring tools and report through the internet.
If you believe what we believe, Join CoCoRaHS today!
(See  the FAQs below for more information)
One small measurement to make.
   One giant impact that measurement makes upon the millions that depend upon water.

We encourage anyone who has an interest in the weather, a desire to learn more about weather and climate, and enthusiasm to report daily observations to Join CoCoRaHS. We pride ourselves with having trained observers, either through the online session or by attending group training.

(See  the FAQs below for more information)

Southern New England CoCoRaHS Newsletters
(Thanks to our Editor, Matt Spies, CT-FR-9)

Latest Newsletter:
March, 2017

Previous Newsletters:
February, 2017
January, 2017
December, 2016
November, 2016
October, 2016
September, 2016
August, 2016: Aug2016SNE.pdf
July, 2016: Jul2016SNE.pdf
June, 2016: Jun2016SNE.pdf
May, 2016: May2016SNE.pdf
 April, 2016: Apr2016SNE.pdf
March, 2016: Mar2016SNE.pdf

Quick Reference: Reporting Snow and Sleet

Guide to Observing and Reporting Winter Weather

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) About CoCoRaHS

How Do I Get Started?
Sign up today and enter information about your location and your contact preferences.
 You will receive a welcome e-mail with your new CoCoRaHS ID and instructions.
 As soon as you have a user name, password and a rain gauge, you many enter observations immediately!

How Do I Get a Rain Gauge? 

We strongly encourage you to purchase a plastic 4" rain gauge. This will ensure that the data collected by CoCoRaHS observers is not only consistent throughout Massachusetts, but between Massachusetts and the rest of the country! Automated rain gauges can be prone to errors in measurement, so we prefer (but do not require) you to use the 4" plastic gauge. Unfortunately, we do not have any spare rain gauges to give away.
The rain gauge costs around $30 and may be purchased at:  WeatherYourWay.com or  Ambient Weather

How Do I Report My Precipitation Amounts?
Most observers report online or with the CoCoRaHS "App" which is available for iPhone and Android devices. If necessary, you can also report by phone at 970-491-6300.

Is Training Available?
Yes, we offer training online through Training Slideshows or YouTube Videos 
Occasionally, we also hold in-person training sessions. We'll post the dates here as they are scheduled.

What If I Can't Report Every Day?
Not to worry. Just report as often as you can. Many of us have other commitments including work, school, and vacation time. And sometimes the weather makes it difficult to go outside and take your reading from the rain gauge! The nice thing about CoCoRaHS is there is a way to report "multi day" totals if you need to!

How Is My CoCoRaHS Data Used in Rhode Island?
CoCoRaHS reports are used in real-time and for climatological purposes. Some users include the National Weather Service (NWS), State and Local agencies, the media, and the public. For example, the NWS office in Taunton uses CoCoRaHS reports as part of rainfall and snowfall listings in Public Information Statements during storms. 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. The data is also used for water resource management provided to the Rhode Island Water Resources Board.

Who Can I Contact for More Information or If I Have More Questions?
Contact: Joe Dellicarpini, Southern New England Coordinator, or
 Bill Simpson, State Coordinator

Rhode Island Fun Facts!

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

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