You can help experts understand drought and climate by becoming a citizen scientist and participating in one the following programs, or by reporting local conditions directly to the Nevada State Climate Office.
Drought Impact Reporter
Launched in 2005 by the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System, the Drought Impact Reporter is the nation’s first comprehensive interactive database of drought impacts. In addition to reporting an impact, you can also view current impacts from stakeholder, government, media and other reports.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is an community-based network of volunteers who help scientists understand storms by measuring precipitation in their own backyards. What makes this program great is anyone interested in weather and climate, with an enthusiasm to report daily rain, hail, and snow observations can participate. Volunteers use simple measuring tools and receive training and support through their website or by attending a group training session. More information about the program can be found on the CoCoRaHS website or in the video to the right. Help measure and monitor precipitation in the Silver State by becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer today.
What is CoCoRaHS?
Nevada CoCoRaHS - Areas of High Need
- Rural communities, including Yerington, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Pioche, Caliente, and Moapa Valley
- Near US95, including Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Goldfield, and Beatty
- Near Lake Tahoe, including Carson City, Minden, Kingsbury, Glenbrook, Incline Village, and Topaz Lake
- Near I-80, including Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and Elko
Observers in areas of high need qualify for a free rain gauge from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring & Reporting
In addition to monitoring and measuring precipitation, you can help CoCoRaHS by regularly reporting landscape conditions where you live. By submitting a condition report each week, you can help scientists better understand the long-term impacts of drought on plants, animals, and people in the Silver State. The first step is submitting an application to be a CoCoRaHS volunteer and setting up your account. After that, submitting a report is quick and easy. You can find more information about condition monitoring reporting and how it benefits the National Integrated Drought Information System on Drought.gov. If you have any questions about condition reporting, contact one of Nevada's program leaders.
Nevada State Climate Office
Is drought impacting your livelihood or the community you serve? The Nevada State Climate Office encourages volunteers (e.g., rural producers, Cooperative Extension staff) to evaluate and report on environmental conditions. Regular reporting (e.g., monthly, seasonally) of on-the-ground conditions is especially helpful for characterizing economic, ecological, hydrological, or ecological impacts of drought.