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27th October 2015

The Met Office needs you

Do you live in the Camlough and Forkhill areas, or west of there as far as Aughnacloy?  Are you interested in the weather?  Do you have a secure site or garden which is well exposed, where a raingauge could be sited, well away from trees and shrubs?  Then this opportunity could be for you.

The Met Office are looking for volunteers to expand their network of voluntary manual rainfall measuring stations.  Ideally, the rainguage would be read once a day around 08.00-09.00 each morning.  Taking a reading involves lifting off the top of the raingauge and pouring the collected rainfall from the interior bottle into a graduated 10mm rain measure and reading the rainfall amount from this.  The reading is entered against the appropriate date on a prepaid data card and at the end of the month the card is sent into the Belfast Met Office.  It only takes a few minutes to do this each morning.  It is useful to have a deputy observer to cover for holidays etc. if at all possible.

The Met Office will supply and install the professional daily raingauge and data cards; they will also provide full training.

If you are interested in helping to collect data which is vital in helping the Met Office to identify changing trends in our regional weather and overall climate, please contact Liz Warrick on: [email protected]

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