How do I enter data via the Internet?
All you need to do is click on the "Data Entry" link above
and fill out the form provided. For detailed instructions
on how the fill out the forms go to our
Form Help page.
Do I need to enter 0.00 if it didn't rain?
You are a volunteer so you don't have to enter anything you don't want to.
However, a 0.00 reading IS very important and we would definitely prefer
that you enter it. If you do not enter a 0.00 reading, we cannot calculate
any totals such as monthly or yearly totals for your readings. Also, if
there is localized rain in the state, knowing where it does not rain is
also very userful. We have made it very easy to enter multiple-zero
reading by providing the "Multiple-Zero Readings" form.
I made a mistake entering data, what do
I do to fix it? If only the data amounts are wrong, just you can
correct that during the data entry process or if that has already been
completed, you can go back to the data entry page and select the "Edit"
option to modify an individual record. If you made a mistake
entering the date, then reenter the data and date correctly
and contact your regional coordinator to get the incorrect
data deleted. The regional coordinator will need to know your station
information and what information you entered incorrectly.
How do I verify that my data was entered
correctly? The best way to verify your data is to go to the
Reports section of the web site. You data should appear in the Daily
Precipitation Report, Station Summary Report or the Data Entry Report
Can I operate more than one station?
Absolutely and we have tried to make
that as easy as possible. Contact NeRain at NeRain
and report the StationNames you are operating and which one you want
to just sign on with as your primary account. Then go to the "data entry"
screen as normal. It will look the same except where it says: "You are
logged in as ..." will now be blue indicating it is a link to another
page. If you go ahead and enter your data as normal (without clicking
that link), you will be entering the data for your primary station.
However, clicking on that blue link will take you to a page that lists
all of your stations. Your primary station will always be on top. If
you click on any other station and "Select New Station" it will take
you back to the "data entry" screen except it will now say you are
entering data for that station.
What do I do if I've been gone and found
water in the gauge when I returned? You need to enter your data
as a multi-day report. Click on the "Multiple Day Accumulation
Form" button. Enter the precipitation amount and the dates,
the first date is generally the day after you left and the second
date is the day you returned and emptied the rain gauge. Make sure
that you don't accidentally write over good data by entering a date
that is too early. Please also let us know if you think you know
on which day the precipitation fell.
My data is an estimate, how should that
be entered? If you are estimating any amount, please note that
in the Comments section of the form.
What should I enter in the comments field?
Leave this blank unless you have additional weather observations
to make. This can include any other weather related information
such as wind conditions or temperature. Please don't include messages
for the webmaster, they probably won't be seen. Use the webmaster
link at the bottom of the page if you need to contact the webmaster.
Don't enter any information such as vacation plans, the comments
can be viewed by anyone over the internet.
What is a Trace? Any precipitation that
is seen or felt that is not a measurable amount is entered as a
trace (T). If you see a drop on the pavement or feel one on your
skin, that is a trace.
What do I do with snow buildup on the
edge of my gauge? There is no perfectly correct answer here
since snow behaviour can be erratic, but what I do is take a flat
object like a hardback book and I push is straight down on the gauge
from above in such a way that any snow that is inside the gauge
cylinder is knocked into the guage, but whatever is outside falls
out. For more snow measurement details see How
to Measure Snow.
Are Cookies used on the site?
Yes and no. As a casual visitor to the site, cookies are neither needed nor used. You can browse the maps and reports and no cookies are needed. However, if you are a volunteer, cookies are useful for two purposes. Once you log on, a temporary “session” cookies is used to keep you logged on so you can move from page to page and still have all the capabilities needed to enter and view your precipitation data. This session cookie automatically disappears after you leave the site.
Another cookie that is optional to you helps you log on and this cookie is more permanently on your computer. When you log on, there is an option you can click to save your logon data and this places a cookie on your computer. The next time you log on, this cookie is read, compared to your registration data in our database and will automatically log you on to save you from having to manually going through the logon process. Naturally the data you enter into the precipitation forms is saved but no further information relating to your browsing is saved.