The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network is growing in Beaverhead County. Earlier this summer the Beaverhead Conservation District and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) pitched in to purchase 12 rain gauges to hand out to residents of Beaverhead County at no cost. This rain gauge network provides useful information to many agencies including the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Drought Monitor. It also provides a way for Beaverhead County residents to share and monitor moisture conditions across the county. Beaverhead County is a big place with varied landscapes and weather, and you will often hear conversations discussing rainfall amounts for different locations around the county.
To learn more about the CoCoRaHS network, visit www.cocorahs.org. If you or anyone you know would like to participate in the network please contact the Beaverhead Watershed Committee at 683-3810. There are six free rain gauges still available for interested volunteers. Folks in the Big Hole, Horse Prairie, Blacktail, Big Sheep Creek, Sage Creek, lower Red Rock, lower Grasshopper, and Beaverhead-west side areas are especially encouraged to inquire, as these areas are not currently covered by the network.