The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District manages the Volunteer Rain Gauge Reader Network program for Crow Wing County, where citizen volunteers read and record rain gauges daily.

At the end of each month, volunteers submit their readings to the Crow Wing SWCD office, which then sends the data to the State Climatology Office.

This information is used for lake level and stream flow predictions, justifying crop losses, tracking drought conditions, predicting future weather conditions and for various research projects.

The rain gauge data that readers have already collected is heavily used due to the current extraordinary wet conditions. Many people depend on this data and it has proven to be important, both at the local and state levels.

Volunteers

The Crow Wing SWCD thanks its several rain gauge monitors but continues to seek more volunteers. SWCD will provide the official rain gauges and data sheets free of charge. New readers are needed starting this month.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer are asked to stop into the SWCD office, email tasha.lauer@crowwingswcd.org or call 218-828-6197 for more information.

Minnesota Climatology Network

The Minnesota Climatology Network will help find more information on weather in Minnesota, including historical weather maps and single storm event rainfall amounts.

Anyone interested in seeing the data should visit http://climateapps.dnr.state.mn.us/hidenannual/HIDENannual.asp?showid=true.