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The Role of Backyard Weather Watchers in the 21st Century Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise

May 21, 2015
Nolan Doesken
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Abstract

Nolan Doesken is the State Climatologist for Colorado at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. He is fascinated with climate monitoring and longĀ­term climate trends, but pays particularly close attention to precipitation including floods and drought. After the Fort Collins flash flood of 1997, Nolan established a volunteer rain gauge network, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network (CoCoRaHS), to track and map the local variations in northern Colorado precipitation. CoCoRaHS has nearly 20,000 volunteers in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.