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What it’s like to measure 34 inches of rain in a hurricane

In the past I’ve discussed the CoCoRaHS network and how citizen scientists from all across the US (and now in Canada and the Bahamas, too) measure daily rainfall using a simple rain gauge. These measurements are invaluable in providing ground truth to what is estimated by radars. Here is a neat story about the woman who measured 34.00 inches of rainfall in Hurricane Florence a few days ago, a reading that may well set a new record for the state of North Carolina. You can read it at the Weather Channel at

Thanks to all of our CoCoRaHS and other weather observers for the work they do in keeping us informed and helping the National Weather Service to keep us safe!

Becki Odum with the CoCoRaHS rain gauge she used to measure 34″ of rain in Florence.