How do I join the project? Read through
our Join Us information and follow
the instructions provided.
What process happens when I sign up to
be an observer? Your Volunteer Coordinator should assign you
a station name and station number. They will also calculate the
longitude and latitude for your station if you have not provided
that information. You should attend some type of training before
entering data into our system. The Volunteer Coordinator will give
your station information to the Webmaster, where it is entered into
the mapping system.
Why do you need longitude and latitude?
We use that information to map your data. Please let us know if
your data appears to be mapped in the wrong location.
Why do I need to attend a training session?
We are trying to get the most consistent data possible using volunteer
observers. We hope that you will be able to attend a training session,
or at least read all of the on-line training information before
entering data. We care about the accuracy of our data and hope that
you will too.
When can I begin entering data? You may
begin entering data as soon as you have been assigned a station
name and station number and have attended a training session. Your
data will appear in the Reports immediately, there will be a delay
before your data appears in the maps, hopefully it won't take more
than a week or two.
What does the station number mean?
The station number is generally the abbreviation of the county that
you live in followed by an arbitrary number. Example: york001.
What does the station name mean? The
station name is generally the town name followed by a distance in
decimal miles and a direction. For Example: 'Seward 25.5 W'
means that you are approximately 25.5 miles west of the center of Seward.
Who is my Regional Coordinator?
Check our list of Regional Coordinators.
Do I have to check my rain
gauge at 7am? No, but we would prefer it if you did. If you
check your gauge at other times, your data may not be directly comparable
to other data. If you check your gauge at night, your data will
be in our reports but won't show up on our maps. We only map data
that is collected within two hours of 7am.
Who will answer any
questions I have about the NeRAIN project? You should
first try to contacting the Regional
Coordinator for your area. You may also e-mail Marlene Faimon
at Project Coordinator.
Who do I e-mail with any questions or comments
about the web site? Anything regarding the web site should
be directed to the Webmaster NeRain. You can e-mail him at