IN BOX INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network Informal Education for Scientists and Citizens BY ROBERT CIFELLI, NOLAN DOESKEN, PATRICK KENNEDY, LAWRENCE D. CAREY, STEVEN A . RUTLEDGE, CHAD GIMMESTAD, AND TRACY DEPUE h e Communit y Collaborative Rain, Hail, and versity (CSU) in Fort Collins bega n mobilizing a net- Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) originated in the work of citize n rain and hail observers in th e spring of Taftermat h of a flash-flood storm that dropped 1998. The initial plans targeted teachers an d students mor e tha n 12-in. of rai n over a small portio n of Fort fro m all grades in Fort Collins. However, unexpected Collins , Colorado, on 28 July 1997, and a similar fre e publicity from local media spread the word to stor m the following evening over the grasslands of th e general public. Withi n a matte r of days over 150 northeaster n Colorado. These floods were respon- people volunteered, including students from nearly sible for several fatalities and at least $200 million 40 schools in the region and interested adults. in property damage. Neither event would have been Wha t started
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 2005
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