Rain or shine: Volunteer network helps track drought

Rain or shine: Volunteer network helps track drought

Where radar is lacking, ground observers help monitor moisture
Joe Ward, a 13-year volunteer with the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network database, checks the rain gauge behind his house in June.
Joe Ward, a volunteer with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network database, said on days there is minimal rain, he can input a “trace”amount into the system.
Royce Fontenot, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers like Joe Ward, pictured here, provide important data for tracking the region’s drought.
Joe Ward, a 13-year volunteer with the national database, checks his official Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network rain gauge behind his Farmington house in June.

Rain or shine: Volunteer network helps track drought

Joe Ward, a 13-year volunteer with the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network database, checks the rain gauge behind his house in June.
Joe Ward, a volunteer with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network database, said on days there is minimal rain, he can input a “trace”amount into the system.
Royce Fontenot, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers like Joe Ward, pictured here, provide important data for tracking the region’s drought.
Joe Ward, a 13-year volunteer with the national database, checks his official Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network rain gauge behind his Farmington house in June.
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