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  • Wanted: Local weather trackers

  • For those of you who spent this past week tracking the series of rainstorms via a backyard rain gauge, climate-o-philes at Oregon State University would like to talk to you.
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  • For those of you who spent this past week tracking the series of rainstorms via a backyard rain gauge, climate-o-philes at Oregon State University would like to talk to you.
    Coordinators of OSU's Oregon Climate Service program are looking for local weather-watchers to assist in reporting precipitation data to supplement data that comes from weather stations.
    The program is part of a national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS.
    The program has about 300 Oregonians who log rain, hail and snow data, but director Kathie Dello says she would like to greatly expand that number.
    CoCoRaHS volunteers must buy a rain gauge for about $27 plus shipping, watch a short training video, and report as frequently as possible the amount of rainfall and snowfall in their area.
    Interested persons should go to the CoCoRaHS website at www.cocorahs.org to sign up.
    Dello said Oregon needs more volunteers throughout the state, especially in eastern and southern Oregon and along the coast. She is especially interested in people living along the foothills of the Cascade and Coast ranges who are at higher elevations than nearby weather stations such as the Medford airport.
    Dello said many Oregon wineries are in such locales, so her group is looking to solicit some help there.
    People interested in learning more about Oregon's finicky weather can follow Dello on Twitter at www.twitter.com/orclimatesvc
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