The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network: Informal Education for Scientists and Citizens

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network: Informal Education for Scientists and... 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network: Informal Education for Scientists and Citizens

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American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/BAMS-86-8-1069
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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

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Aug 1, 2005

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