Get Involved

Get Involved

You can help experts understand drought and climate conditions by becoming a citizen scientist and participating in one or more of the following programs.

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.

Nevada CoCoRaHS - Areas of High Need

  • Rural communities, including Lovelock, Carson City, Yerington, and Elko
  • Near US95, including Hawthorne, Tonopah, Schurz, and Beatty
  • Near Lake Tahoe, including Kingsbury, Glenbrook, and Topaz Lake

 Observers in areas of high need qualify for a free rain gauge from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

For more information contact Nevada CoCoRaHS coordinator, Kerri Jean Ormerod

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 If you have any questions about condition reporting, contact one of Nevada's program leaders.




"Want to be part of the official conversation about the location and effects of #drought in the United States? Tweet photos and observations using #drought18, letting us know how drought is affecting you, and be sure that the location in your user profile is up-to-date.

The National Drought Mitigation Center is monitoring #drought18 and related hashtags to gather information about the location, intensity and effects of drought. That information can help the authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor make the map each week."

- National Drought Mitigation Center News Publication, June 13, 2018