Welcome to CoCoRaHS in Alaska
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network is a national group of volunteers. The CoCoRaHS website says:
CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. We are now in all fifty states.
Alaska CoCoRaHS Newsletters
This is the CoCoRaHS State page for the 49th State— Alaska. As of last check CoCoRaHS in Alaska has 42 actively reporting observers, not many for such a large state. CoCoRaHS works towards supplementing the existing precipitation measuring network by using volunteer observers to create a denser array of measuring stations.
For all sorts of information on CoCoRaHS go to the CoCoRaHS webpage. Here are some of the most pertinent pages:
- The CoCoRaHS homepage
- CoCoRaHS State Page for Alaska
- CoCoRaHS Mission Statement
- Observer Training Slideshows
Becoming a CoCoRaHS Volunteer
We are always interested in signing up more volunteer observers. Everyone is welcome, but we want to especially encourage those off the road system, where our coverage is most sparse. One of our best sources of new recruits are the current CoCoRaHS observers. If you know someone (or some group) that would be interested in contributing to the CoCoRaHS mission, please steer them to this page, the national CoCoRaHS home page, one of the Regional Coordinators (see below), or the Alaska State Climate Center, where they can find out more about being a CoCoRaHS volunteer.
CoCoRaHS Coordinators in Alaska
There are currently four CoCoRaHS regions in Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Southeastern/Panhandle, and Alaska Native Villages. The current coordinators are:
Alaska CoCoRaHS State Coordinator:
Peter Q. Olsson Alaska State Climate Center University of Alaska, Anchorage Anchorage, AK 99501 907.786.7234 olsson(at)aeff.uaa.alaska.edu
Anchorage Regional Coordinator:
Peter Q. Olsson (see above)
Nikki Becker nichole.becker(at)noaa.gov
Fairbanks Regional Coordinator:
Volunteer position available
Alaska Native Villages Regional Coordinator:
Volunteer position available
When you are ready to sign up, fill out the web form, and contact the State Coordinator if you need a rain gauge (first-come first-served basis). Then visit the Observer Training Slideshows link above. Given the far-flung nature of the state, we seldom give first-hand instruction to observers, so the training slideshows/videos are the way to go.
If you have any questions about observing protocols and/or instrument siting, again contact one of the Coordinators. Also, as you might notice from the list above, we currently have a couple of vacancies for Regional Coordinators. If you are an experienced observer and have some interest in volunteering, please contact the State Coordinator.
THE FINE PRINT
The data sources listed on this website are provided as a service to our clients. Their listing on no way implies an endorsement of their services or quality and/or validity of their data. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the only provider of data that is certifiable. In many cases, the agencies and data providers listed herein are not the initial or primary collectors of the data and are not responsible for the provenance of the data they provide.
This web site is by no means intended to be an exhaustive collection of Alaska climate data. If you are aware of a provider of Alaska climate data, private or public, that you feel should be mentioned this site, please Contact Us with the pertinent information and we will include it in our offerings.