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WELCOME TO NEVADA!

The Silver State is proud to be a member of CoCoRaHS! From 13,145 ft high at Boundary Peak to only 479 ft at the Colorado River, and from Reno to Las Vegas, we're now able to measure how dry or wet the Silver State really is! Joining the network in 2007, Nevada was the westernmost state at the time to participate in CoCoRaHS in the continental U.S. Be a part of this volunteer weather watching group with your own 4-inch rain gauge--simply click Join CoCoRaHS on the menu, or contact one of the state coordinators.

Your State Coordinators: 
Andy Gorelow, Forecaster - National Weather Service Las Vegas
Kerri Jean Ormerod, Asst. Professor - University of Nevada, Reno


Photo credit: Scotty Strachan

Who Can Join

Anyone with an interest in weather or climate can join. We pride ourselves on having trained observers. CoCoRaHS observers provide  valuable data for monitoring, responding to, assessing, and managing extreme weather in Nevada, especially the wide-ranging impacts of drought or floods.

Training Sessions

Training is required for all observers. You may attend an online training session and/or use the online training slideshow found on the CoCoRaHS home page.  Occasionally, in-person training sessions are scheduled for community groups, schools, offices, or individuals. All trainings are open to the public. RSVPs are requested, but not required in most cases. If you're interested in training for your community, please email  andy.gorelow@noaa.gov or kormerod@unr.edu and let us know of your interest and where you are located. We can't guarantee we can travel to every locale, but we'll try our best.

I Want to Join. What Do I Need?

Each observer will need:
  • Enthusiasm and desire to watch the weather
  • Willingness and dedication to take regular daily precipitation measurements, preferably between 6-9 AM
  • Training (online or in-person)
  • 4-inch rain gauge, the required manual gauge is available through a preferred online CoCoRaHS vendor
  • Computer with internet access or smartphone with CoCoRaHS app
  • Optional items: snow board, snow ruler and "snow swatter", CoCoRaHS hail pad


I Want To Join. Now What Do I Do?


Select the link on the left to Join CoCoRaHS, and enter your information on your location and your contact preferences. As soon as you have a username and password, you many enter observations, almost immediately! It is just as important to know when it rains as when it does not rain so please don't forget to report your ZEROs. It helps scientists to identify and assess the extent and duration of drought when zeros are reported regularly.

Nevada CoCoRaHS Areas of High Need
  • Most rural communities, including Yerington, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Pioche, Caliente, and Moapa Valley
  • Around US95, including Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Goldfield, and Beatty
  • Off I-80, including Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and Elko
  • Near Lake Tahoe, including Carson City, Minden, Incline Village, Kingsbury, Glenbrook, and Topaz Lake

Nevada State Coordinators' Contact Information:

Andy Gorelow, National Weather Service Las Vegas
Located at the National Weather Service Office in Las Vegas
Contact Andy by email: andy.gorelow@noaa.gov or Tel: 702-263-9744

Kerri Jean Ormerod, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Located at University of Nevada, Reno
Contact Kerri Jean by email: kormerod@unr.edu or Tel: 775-784-6347


CoCoRaHS Nevada Partners

Thanks to our CoCoRaHS partners in Nevada:


National Weather Service in Reno, Elko and Las Vegas



Essential drought-related resources, data, and information for Nevada is available at Living with Drought