I never really paid much attention to daily precipitation until my husband and I were asked if we wanted to participate in recording on CoCoRaHS. Now I am slowly turning into a precipitation nerd, each morning at 6:00 I ask, “How much rain did we get?”, and run out to the rain gauge.
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation.
In the Alger area there are two stations (homes) reporting daily, WA-SG-50 (downtown Alger) and WA-SG-48 (off of Friday Creek Road). Everyone can view the data for any area in the US, by going to the web site http://www.cocorahs.org/. This site has a lot of interesting data and information.
As everyone knows, our summer was quite dry. June’s total .90 inches (average 1.97). July’s total rain was .31 inches (average 1.18). August fared a bit better 1.31 inches (average 1.34), but most of that came at the end of the month. September has already exceeded its average of 1.69. As of September 21st, we have had 5.49 inches! Let us hope our snow pack is increasing in the mountains.
Your daily reporting rain nerd,