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NWS Weather Spotting
updated: Feb 28, 2014, 10:35 AM

By ZebraStripes

Several years ago I became a weather spotter for our local office of the National Weather Service (located in Oxnard). Training & certification can be done online. It's very informative, not too time consuming, and gives you a choice to report weather conditions that could increase safety for those nearby. Have you ever heard an emergency radio or TV broadcast where they mention "Weather spotters are reporting..."? This is that group!

If you are curious about weather, perhaps might want to learn more, and participate with weather data collecting you can become a National Weather Spotter by contacting: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/spotter/

You can participate in daily weather data collection by contacting: CoCoRaHS at cocorahs.org

I am attaching photos of my weather gauge. A funnel top on the rain gauge catches rain and delivers it to a one-inch measuring tube, while the extra-large outer cylinder captures rain volumes over one inch up to 11 inches, and can be detached to measure snow, hail, or sleet. The gauge is guaranteed accurate to 1/100th of an inch.

Happy Rainy Days.

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