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Become a citizen scientist and record precipitation in your neighborhood

ST. CHARLES, Ill. – Are you interested in weather, or are you looking for an interactive family project? Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network is a grassroots effort of citizens measuring precipitation right in their own backyards.

“It's easy to join, takes only five minutes a day, and is a fun way to learn about weather,” said Sarah Fellerer, University of Illinois Extension program coordinator. “These volunteers' observations provide helpful data that is available to everyone online. It gives scientists, farmers, neighbors, and others, an accurate picture how much precipitation falls throughout our communities.”

Join University of Illinois Extension and CoCoRaHS for a free informational session on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. This volunteer role is open to any age adults or to families who are interested in participating. If you choose to join the CoCoRaHS Network, a standardized rain gauge is required and can be purchased for $35.

The informational session is free, but registration required to receive secure webinar information. Learn more at Registration closes March 21, 2021. For questions, please contact Illinois Extension Program Coordinator Sarah Fellerer at or 630-553-5823.

If you will need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact above or notify at registration. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.


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