Thursday, March 22, 2012 —
Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, then a new volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations.
CoCoRaHS came about as a result of a devastating flash flood that hit Fort Collins, Colorado, in July 1997. A local severe thunderstorm dumped over a foot of rain in several hours while other portions of the city had only modest rainfall. The ensuing flood caught many by surprise and caused $200 million in damages. CoCoRaHS was born in 1998 with the intent of doing a better job of mapping and reporting intense storms. As more volunteers participated, rain, hail, and snow maps were produced for every storm showing fascinating local patterns that were of great interest to scientists and the public.
North Carolina became the twenty-first state to establish the CoCoRaHS program in 2007, and by 2010, the CoCoRaHS network had reached all 50 states with eight to ten thousand observations being reported each day. Through CoCoRaHS, thousands of volunteers, young and old, document the size, intensity, duration and patterns of rain, hail and snow by taking simple measurements in their own backyards.
Volunteers may obtain an official rain gauge through the CoCoRaHS website (http://www.cocorahs.org ) for about $27 plus shipping. Besides the need for an official 4 inch plastic rain gauge, volunteers are required to take a simple training module online and use the CoCoRaHS website to submit their reports. Observations are immediately available on maps and reports for the public to view. The process takes only five minutes a day, but the impact to the community is tenfold: By providing high quality, accurate measurements, the observers are able to supplement existing networks and provide useful results to scientists, resource managers, decision makers and other users.
“North Carolina has the most complex climate in the eastern U.S.,” said Ryan Boyles, state climatologist and director of the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University. “Data gathered from CoCoRaHS volunteers are very important in better understanding local weather and climate patterns.”
“An additional benefit of the program to the National Weather Service is the ability to receive timely reports of significant weather (hail, intense rainfall, localized flooding) from CoCoRaHS observers that can assist forecasters in issuing and verifying warnings for severe thunderstorms,” says David Glenn, CoCoRaHS State Coordinator and meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City.
How does one become a CoCoRaHS observer? Go to the CoCoRaHS website above and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” emblem on the upper right side of the main website. After registering, take the simple online training, order your 4 inch rain gauge and start reporting!
“We are in need of new observers across the entire state and would like to emphasize rural locations,” added Glenn.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 —
Special Hunting and Fishing Licensing Privileges for Military Personnel
RALEIGH — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Nationally broadcast NPR show “From the Top” to be taped live at Wingate University
Wingate, N.C. – From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on 89.9 FM WDAV, comes to The Batte Center at Wingate University to tape a radio broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by Wingate University, with support from Bank of America and WDAV Classical Public Radio.
NCSU: Study to focus on redhorse, Pee Dee River
North Carolina State University scientists will lead an effort to better understand the impact that changes in habitat and water quality are having on fish, mussels and crayfish in the Pee Dee River in North and South Carolina.
Event will recall legacy left by North Carolina figures
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina sustained the loss in 2012 of Andy Griffith, Bill Friday, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, individuals who embodied much of what we represent and how we sound. Presenters at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association on Nov. 22 will reflect on their achievements. All sessions will take place in the downtown Raleigh Sheraton beginning at 1:30 p.m. The afternoon program is free and open to the public; the evening banquet, which requires registration, is open to any who inquire. The evening culminates with the North Carolina Book Awards, presented to the North Carolina residents judged to have authored the year's best works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and juvenile literature.
Rowan County lottery winner: ‘I never thought it would be me’
RALEIGH – Ann Beaver of Rockwell plans to pay off her mortgage after scratching off the $200,000 top prize on her 20X The Cash ticket.
North Carolina Railroad Company board elects new officers
RALEIGH, NC -- The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) Board of Directors has elected Duane Long of Raleigh as Board Chairman, and Franklin Rouse Jr. of Leland as Vice Chairman. Mr. Long will succeed John L. Atkins III, of Durham, who had served as Chairman since 2009. Mr. Atkins will continue to serve as a member of the Board.
Athletic trainer wins healthy sum playing the lottery
RALEIGH – Jim Shimburski of Fort Mill, S.C. usually stops for pizza on his way to watch high school football on Friday nights. Recently, he stopped for gas and a lottery ticket instead. The change in his routine led to the athletic trainer scoring $100,000 instantly.
Six to Receive the North Carolina Award, State's Highest Honor
RALEIGH -- The state's highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. Governor Pat McCrory will present the awards at the 7:15 p.m. banquet and ceremony, following a reception for the recipients at 6:30 p.m.
Francis Koster to Speak on Climate Change Debate
Dr. Francis Koster, author of Discovering the New America: Where Communities are Solving National Problems, will speak November 12 at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., is titled, “A Review of the Climate Change Debate.”
State requires utility to provide residents with alternative drinking water, conduct assessment
RALEIGH – State officials directed Duke Energy Progress, Inc. last week to supply residents of an Asheville-area home with alternative drinking water after tests revealed that the home’s private well contains unsafe levels of contamination.
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