My New Rain Gauge and CoCoRaHS

At one of the last events I attended before the self-isolation orders came out, I found out about CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. "Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations."

And I signed up.

And then I bought the official rain gauge from Weather Your Way.

And now every day at 8 am I go out to my rain gauge and check to see how much rain we got in the previous 24 hours.  Then I pull up the CoCoRaHS app on my phone and record it.

Who can do this?

Anyone can do this!

You sign up, buy a rain gauge, install it per their instructions once it arrives, and you are in the CoCoRaHS Club!

I realize some people would not like the idea of doing this every day.

But I like the idea of doing this every day.

It provides a little anchor of routine and makes sure I am up and going in time to check the rain gauge. Even when it isn't raining and the total in the gauge isn't going to change if I check it at 8:30 or 9:00 versus 8:00, I still try to check it at 8:00 am.

It gives me a much more accurate record of my garden's personal rainfall. I like having that information even if I don't do much with it.

It allows me to contribute a tiny little something to official rainfall records for my area.

If anyone else decides to do this or is already doing it, let me know.  I would love to know who else is in the CoCoRaHS Club.


Another routine I've started is to record and post on YouTube a weekly press conference with updates from the week in the garden.   This week's press conference is the fourth one!  If you like it, click on that thumb's up button when you view it on YouTube