CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) is a nation wide volunteer precipitation reporting organization composed of citizen scientists with the goals:
"1) provide accurate high-quality precipitation data for our many end users on a timely basis; 2) increasing the density of precipitation data available throughout the country by encouraging volunteer weather observing; 3) encouraging citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and heightening their awareness about weather; 4) providing enrichment activities in water and weather resources for teachers, educators and the community at large" (mission statement).
In Hidalgo county NM there are 5 active CoCoRaHS reporting stations and 2 of these are in the San Simon Valley, one at the Painted Pony Resort and one at the Chiricahua Desert Museum. Although only 2.8 miles apart this can make for a significant difference in rain fall totals. Rain can vary significantly across the valley as evidenced by a local rainfall reporting group and in the photograph show below. Frequently rain showers are isolated and while one area may experience significant rainfall areas close by may receive little or no rain. So the more reporting stations, the more data available for analysis, resulting in a better the understanding of local climate.
|Isolated storm in the Chiricahua Mountains|
|CoCoRaHS rain gauge at the Painted Pony Resort|