Minnesota gained more volunteer rain monitors, more still needed

Minnesota reportedly gained more rainfall monitoring volunteers during their annual March recruitment and set a national recruiting record for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

The DNR and the Minnesota office of the National Weather Service led the recruiting effort, with 365 new volunteers. Minnesota has won this recognition for the last three years.

Minnesota broke its record from last year.

The rain, snow and hail data gathered and reported by volunteers will lead to more and better data on precipitation across the state.

There are more than 1,000 other daily precipitation observers who volunteer as part of the state’s MnGage network.

The State Climatology Office is always seeking more volunteer rainfall monitors, especially in Greater Minnesota.

More information is available online.

Participants will receive training online and must purchase a standard rain gauge, which is available at a discount.


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