A call out to all rainfall watchers
A GRASSROOTS community rainfall monitoring program is being developed to bring together rainfall information from landholders across Australia.
The program gives rainwatchers a place to store and display their rain data and compare it with other rainwatchers in the region and beyond.
The program is based on the US ‘Cocorahs’- Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow program where more than 20,000 rain monitors contribute daily rain data.
This data is displayed on a website map to show the variation in rainfall across the country.
Brad Henderson is seeking fellow rainwatchers to grow a similar community program in Australia.
“The saying ‘Rain doesn’t fall the same on all’ highlights the need for a program,” he said.
“In recent weeks we have again seen flooding across the state and when we look at the BoM’s (Bureau of Meteorology) network of gauges – there are often huge gaps.
“One of our rainwatchers recorded 51.5mm on September 9 near Coleraine which was hit by the worst flooding in decades.
“The nearest BoM gauge recorded 43.6mm. And we know there are hundreds more rainwatchers out there.
“We are calling for those rainwatchers to connect with us so we can build our own network of gauges,” Mr Henderson said.
The program is being designed to give rainwatchers an easy way to capture their data through a smartphone app that links to a website.
“We are seeking a corporate sponsor to help us build the program so we can make it available to all the rainwatchers out there,” Mr Henderson said.
“In the meantime we are trying to connect up with any rainwatchers interested in participating,” Mr Henderson said.
Sponsors or volunteers can get in touch at sup[email protected]watchers.com.au or through Facebook @rainwatchersaustralia.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE: Brad Henderson is looking for fellow rainwatchers to assist in a rainfall monitoring program.