I also keep a log of the years to compare. I have the year with the highest rainfall, the year with the lowest, and the most recent.
So, I was hugely interested in Carson's post and wasted no time in going to the CoCoRaHS website. I signed up to participate as a volunteer observer which requires that I enter our rainfall on the website everyday. They track drought conditions so my many entries of 0.00 are important. The website states that the data is used by the following:
CoCoRaHS is used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals. The National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, USDA, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor & recreation interests, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community are just some examples of those who visit our Web site and use our data.
Pretty cool, right? And we already have the gauge that they require all observers to have. Brett even had it set up exactly as they liked. We were so ready!
I submitted the online application and received a welcome email the same day. Whoo hoo! I promptly entered our rainfall for the day (0.00). I wonder if bugs count for anything.... that seems to be all the rain gauge is catching these days.
There are online tutorials on the website for how to take measurements of rain, hail and snow. The maps of all the recordings are really interesting. I tried to find Carson's station but they didn't have a designation for 7 miles south of nowhere (7MSN). All fifty states in the US plus Canada participate. How cool is that?