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Utah State seeks crew of weather volunteers

Utah State seeks crew of weather volunteers



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Utah State University is recruiting winter weather volunteers to take daily measurements data crucial for scientists studying climate change.

The volunteers are called "water rangers." They take daily rain and snow measurements and log the readings on an Internet site. The year-old program currently has about 150 volunteers spread out in 19 of Utah's 29 counties.

Administrators say more volunteers are needed in northern Utah. Rich County has no volunteers, and Cache County has just 15.

Rob Davies coordinates the program for the Utah Climate Center. He says hydrologists use the data to get a better estimate of how much water falls in Utah.

Participants need to buy an $18 rain gauge and watch a 20-minute training show on the Internet.

For information on how to become a Utah Water Ranger, contact Davies at robert.davies@usu.edu or visit http://climate.usurf.usu.edu/cocorahs.php.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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