Texas Wins CoCoRaHs State Competition!

April 1st, 2013 at 9:38 am by under Weather

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The 2013 CoCoRaHS March Madness campaign has come to an end.  During the month of March each state fought to generate the most new members to the CoCoRaHS network and TEXAS WON!!  Here is the “Thank You” letter from the Texas CoCoRaHS State Co Coordinator Bill Runyon:


The 2013 CoCoRaHS March Madness Campaign to win back the CoCoRaHS Cup was a huge success!  Texas Won!! 

Late last week, North Carolina made a valiant effort with the help of their media partners, to make a strong finish and capture the lead in the friendly rivalry for the CoCoRaHS Cup!  They succeeded in drastically cutting our lead!
Paul and I made a plea for your assistance and you came through!  We are pleased to announce,  Texas shattered all previous March Madness recruiting efforts with a grand total of 226 new volunteers!  This victory was made possible with your help, and we are grateful!
A reminder of how important this recruiting effort is to CoCoRaHS and the National Weather Service, for the second time in 2 weeks, we received numerous hail reports last night  from our Central Texas CoCoRaHS observers!  The rain, hail and drought information collected from our volunteer observers across the state is vital to us and our growing number of users!  Building the network across the state is the reason why CoCoRaHS is such a tremendous success and we are grateful for each and every effort you make to help us achieve our  goal.  On behalf of Troy, myself, CoCoRaHS, and the National Weather Service, we thank you! 
CoCoRaHS has now grown to over 3,800 observers in Texas.  One look at our station coverage map shows we still have much work to do.
I’m sure Paul will be making the rounds soon, to see each of you and proudly show off “our” victory trophy!  We have Texas Pride!
Great job and thank you to everyone who participated.  If you want to sign up here is the link to the CoCoRaHS website http://www.cocorahs.org/.  Also, for those who want to know a little bit more about the project here are some frequently asked questions about what CoCoRaHS is:

What is CoCoRaHS??

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  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.

Who can participate??

This is a community project.  Everyone can help, young, old, and in-between.  The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can effect and impact our lives.

What do we hope to accomplish??

CoCoRaHS has several goals (as stated in our mission statement). 1) provide accurate high-quality precipitation data for our many end users on a timely basis; 2) increasing the density of precipitation data available throughout the country by encouraging volunteer weather observing; 3) encouraging citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and heightening their awareness about weather; 4) providing enrichment activities in water and weather resources for teachers, educators and the community at large to name a few.

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