About 200 people across eastern Carolina are part of a special weather spotter network called CoCoRaHS but the national weather service says it desperately needs more volunteers to sign up.

CoCoRaHS stands for community collaborative rain, hail, and snow network. People in the group use a special rain gauge to measure whatever precipitation they get in their back yards and report it online. The reports are vitally important to forecasters, since the weather can change drastically from county to county.

According to the National Weather Service the total number of spotters per county are: Dare 16, Tyrrell 1, Hyde 3, Washington 4, Beaufort 8, Martin 4, Pitt 35, Greene 0, Lenoir 13, Craven 37, Jones 2, Duplin 7, Onslow 26, Pamlico 6, and Carteret 34. 

Ideally these spotters would report in every day, even on a dry day. Anyone can become a spotter. There is some training and materials, like a special rain gauge, needed.

To find out more, click here. Or, contact David Glenn at the National Weather Service: david.glenn@noaa.gov.