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NeRAIN Data - Reporting Your Data

Reporting your precipitation data to NeRAIN.

It is important to the NeRAIN project that you promptly and accurately report the precipitation data you have collected. CNeRAIN scientists, sponsors and collaborators are most interested in precise daily rainfall totals and precise hail reports in which can be mapped, displayed, and put into use. In addition, reports of intense rainfall are helpful in determining locations of potential flooding. Intense rainfall reports are immediately transmitted to the National Weather Service.

  1. When do I report my readings?

    You are encouraged to watch your rain gauge anytime it is raining. However, to stay consistent in collecting the data, you are encouraged to take daily measurements of 24-hour total precipitation and report the data as close as you can to 7:00 am each morning. Report 7:00 am was chosen because it does not normally rain at this time during the summer months and most people are still at home. We understand that 7:00 am won't always be possible, and it won't work for everyone. But the closer we are to having everyone report at the same time, the more consistent our maps and analyses will be. This becomes especially important if it is raining at the time you report the data. Always record the time when you did take your measurement so we know for sure.

  2. Reporting "Intense Rain."

    During events of heavy rainfall, "Intense Rain" reports can be submitted as a part of the precipitation data. The "Intense Rain" report data are used informally in projecting potential flooding in an area.

    Intense rain, for the purpose of this project, is defined as at least 0.50 inches of rain in one hour or less. However, we encourage you to report "Intense Rain" any time you believe the rain is falling hard enough to be a potential problem.

    Note: NeRAIN reports may not reach the National Weather Service in time to help them prepare flash flood warnings, so if dangerous flooding conditions are occurring, report first to the NWS or to your local law enforcement or emergency management officials.

Transmit all reports by the Internet:

Webpage reports: For volunteers with Internet access, we recommend entering your data directly in the NeRAIN computer system. To report data, follow the instructions given on the NeRAIN webpage, "Reporting Your Data". Then when you reach the NeRAIN website, click on "Data Entry" on the upper left hand edge of the page. Here you can select the type of data to be entered. Then follow the instructions and fill out the appropriate data form. When you are done, check your entry for accuracy and then click on "Submit". Your reports will immediately be sent to NeRAIN and will appear in the data reports. Data will also appear on rain or hail maps, but these are updated less frequently.

In case of difficulties.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the appropriate NeRAIN staff members provided on the "NeRAIN Communications" form in you observer information packet. You may also Contact Us for additional help.

NeRAIN is a project that is sponsored by The Nebraska Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and other water-focused organizations, and will analyze and document data gathered by volunteers. The data will provide important daily decision-making information for agriculture, industry, home water use, utility providers, insurance companies, resource managers, and educators.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact:

Marlene Faimon
Project Coordinator
Little Blue NRD
Marlene Faimon