A call out to all rain­fall watch­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

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.

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