You can help experts understand drought and climate by becoming a citizen scientist and participating in one the following programs, or by reporting local conditions directly to the Nevada State Climate Office.
Nevada State Climate Strategy
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has asked Extension to be involved in the Nevada State Climate Strategy. As a part of their public engagement process, they are encouraging people to share their opinions, priorities, and needs. The State Climate Strategy is currently being developed for Nevada per Executive Order and will provide a framework for future policy and mitigation. A statewide survey is their first step in soliciting information from the public. The second step is a series of virtual listening sessions that are scheduled for public engagement through October. It is important to get as much participation from across the state as possible. More information can be found on the Nevada State Climate Strategy website.
Condition Montitoring Observation Report
Help track drought in your area by submitting a Condition Monitoring Observation Report (CMOR) to the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System's comprehensive interactive database of drought impacts. In addition to reporting a drought-related impacts, you can also view current impacts from stakeholder, government, media and other reports. More information about the program can be found on this two-page CMOR factsheet.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is an community-based network of volunteers who help scientists understand storms by measuring precipitation in their own backyards. What makes this program great is anyone interested in weather and climate, with an enthusiasm to report daily rain, hail, and snow observations can participate. Volunteers use simple measuring tools and receive training and support through their website or by attending a group training session. More information about the program can be found on the CoCoRaHS website or in the video to the right. Help track weather and climate in the Silver State by becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer today.
Nevada CoCoRaHS - Areas of High Need
- Rural communities, including Yerington, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Pioche, Caliente, and Moapa Valley
- Near US95, including Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Goldfield, and Beatty
- Near Lake Tahoe, including Carson City, Minden, Kingsbury, Glenbrook, Incline Village, and Topaz Lake
- Near I-80, including Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and Elko
CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring & Reporting
In addition to monitoring and measuring precipitation, you can help CoCoRaHS by regularly reporting landscape conditions where you live, work, or play. By submitting a condition report monthly (or weekly), you can help scientists better understand the long-term impacts of drought on plants, animals, and people in the Silver State. The first step is submitting a CoCoRaHS application and setting up your account. After that, submitting a report is quick and easy. You can learn more about this volunteer program on this two-page Citizen Science Condition Monitoring factsheet. You can find more information about how condition monitoring reporting benefits the National Integrated Drought Information System on Drought.gov. If you have any questions about condition reporting, just contact one of Nevada's program leaders.
Nevada State Climate Office
Is drought impacting your livelihood or the community you serve? The Nevada State Climate Office encourages volunteers (e.g., rural producers, Extension staff) to evaluate and report on environmental conditions. Regular reporting (e.g., monthly, seasonally) of on-the-ground conditions is especially helpful for characterizing economic, ecological, hydrological, or ecological impacts of drought.
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