Citizen Science Involvement for NC Science Teachers

Are you interested in interactive learning activities for your students? Have you or your students ever wondered how much rain fell during a recent thunderstorm? If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. CoCoRaHS is a nationwide network of volunteers of all ages who take daily measurements of rain, hail, and snow in their backyard or community. Each citizen scientist is very important to the weather and climate community! Each measurement taken fills gaps where there may be no other weather stations nearby. These measurements are used for National Weather Service forecasts, local impacts information, weekly drought condition monitoring, and more. 
Each year, we have a national recruitment competition called CoCoRaHS March Madness, in which each state competes to see who can recruit the most new volunteers. The winner receives the golden "CoCoRaHS Cup" but the real goal is to spread the word about this great program and gain new weather observers across the state. We have many teachers and schools across NC that have joined, and the kids really love the interactive activity of learning how to measure rainfall and snow and report the data each day. There is an entire page online dedicated to teacher resources, with lesson plans, videos, and FAQs.
How does one become a CoCoRaHS observer? Go to and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” emblem on the upper right side of the main website. After registering, take the simple online training, order your 4-inch rain gauge (~$35-40 on Amazon or, and start reporting! If you'd like to learn more about the March Madness competition or want to keep up with the rankings, click here.
I am the NC CoCoRaHS State Co-coordinator and a climatologist at the State Climate Office of NC at NC State University, and I'm here to answer any questions and help you along the way. Please let me know if you're interested or have further questions. You can contact me directly at
Thank you,
Darrian Bertrand
Applied Climatologist
NC CoCoRaHS Co-coordinator
State Climate Office of NC
NC State University, College of Sciences
P: 919-513-7065
Campus Box 7236