By Colleen Kesterson

Volunteers record weather data online


January 23, 2020

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Kathy Martin at her weather station in the Swan Valley. It is placed away from trees or overhangs that would compromise the data. She uses a rain gauge that is required by CoCoRaHs so that all the contributors submit uniform and accurate data.  She also uses her snow board to measure daily snowfall.  In addition, Martin collects core snow samples using a four inch stovepipe to record accumulated snow. Martin has always been excited and energized by weather and encourages others to join in the fun of collecting weather data to share.

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley residents interested in local weather data collecting met Jan. 8 to obtain more information on how to record and share local weather observations on the website Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or CoCoRaHs. Volunteers in locations around the United States, Canada and the Bahamas measure rain, hail and snow in their backyards, enter it on the website and within minutes it is included in maps and data analysis tools.

Swan Valley resident and CoCoRaHs volunteer Kathy Martin is a retired science teacher and weather enthusiast. Martin hosted the pre...

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