- What in the world is NeRAIN
- Whose idea was this??
- Who can participate??
- What will we be doing??
- What do we hope to accomplish??
- Who is sponsoring this program??
- What benefits are there in volunteering??
- How can I sign up??
What in the world is NeRAIN??
Whose idea was this??
is an acronym (a type of abbreviation) for our
precipitation measurement project here in Nebraska.
It stands for the Nebraska Rainfall
Assessment and Information Network.
Scientists often give their research projects names
is a special project designed to include volunteers in a study of the
fascinating and very complex
patterns of rain, hail and snow from our weather here in Nebraska.
Many volunteers are needed in order to accurately measure
and describe rainfall, and snowfall patterns and hail
swaths across our state.
Who can participate??
The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts initiated this program. It is based on a program called Community Collaborative Rain and Hail Study (CoCoRaHS) located in Fort Collins, Colorado on the Colorado State campus. CoCoRaHS staff provided the initial training and distribution materials for the Nebraska Regional Coordinators. Additionally, data collected through NeRAIN will be integrated into a regional database for the Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming area coordinated through CoCoRaHS.
What will we be doing??
This is a
community project. Everyone can help, both young and
old. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for
watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to
learn about the power and beauty of our natural world.
We will welcome participation by any motivated
individual or family.
What do we hope to
a rain, hail or snow storm crosses the area, volunteers will
be taking measurements of the precipitation from as many locations as
possible. Precipitation reports will be transmitted by
computer using a web site designed to allow you to enter your precipitation data.
Computer specialists will
process the data and prepare detailed maps showing rainfall
patterns. Scientists will later study these maps to
learn how storms developed and moved across the region.
not occur as often as rain, but it can cause severe damage
to crops and property. Volunteers will be asked to
carefully observe and record several properties of hail from
each storm including number of stones per unit area, size
ranges of stones, stone hardness, color and other
properties. It will be very important to make note of
exact times when hail begins, ends or changes form.
Observers will be asked to transmit hail reports as soon as
possible after hail begins. Special maps will be
prepared that show where hail is occurring. Observers
will also be asked to keep notes detailing storm
characteristics and related weather conditions.
Who is sponsoring this program??
has several goals. The size, intensity and duration
and preferred tracks of summer rain and hail storms in
Nebraska will begin to be documented by surface measurements
in more detail than ever before. We will collect the
type of thorough rain and hail data that is needed to
support research efforts by the University of Nebraska.
This, in turn will help improve radar estimates of rainfall
and radar detection of hail and hail swaths. Training
and education opportunities for community
members will be provided to improve local awareness of
severe weather and other natural hazards to help make this
area more resistant to the impacts from natural
disasters. Finally, we plan to demonstrate that
volunteers in Nebraska can work together
to make a significant and beneficial contribution to
scientific research. People can make a
What benefits are there in
organizations have contributed either financially, or with
supplies and equipment, to help keep NeRAIN going. Our
list of sponsors has grown to the point that they get their
own page. Click here to see them.
Other organizations and individuals have also pitched in
with volunteer assistance to help get this science-education
project up and running. Many thanks to our sponsors. This
project would not be possible without your
How can I sign up??
unique project will give participants a chance to
join in a effort to improve the collection of precipitation data
to improve State Wide weather forecasting.