A citizen-driven weather observation program is coming to Maine and residents are invited to become amateur observers for the group by measuring and reporting rainfall, hail and snow data in their own backyards. Potential volunteers can learn more at two recruitment events across Maine, one in Freeport and the other in Caribou. These observations are used by NOAA’s National Weather Service to help improve and verify the accuracy and timeliness of warnings and forecasts.

The kick-off volunteer recruitment event for residents of southern and western Maine will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, 5 Park St. Attending will be David Glenn, meteorologist intern from the National Weather Service in Gray, and Thomas Hawley, senior service hydrologist in Gray.

Maine is joining 46 other states that participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS for short. This unique, nonprofit community-based network of volunteers works together to advance the understanding of local weather and its impacts. The network is supported by NOAA and other local, state, federal, academic and private organizations.

For more information, contact David Glenn at NOAA/NWS in Portland, 688-3224.

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