Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist, will discuss how scientists observe and monitor climate—primarily temperature and precipitation. Colorado has data going back to 1890 (125 years) to help scientists understand where we’ve been and help predict where we are going. With a focus on Arkansas River Basin data, this lecture is sure to be enlightening for those interested in the weather. Discover our state’s long- term monitoring and climate trends particularly focused on floods and drought.
After the Fort Collins flash flood of 1997, Dr. Doesken established a volunteer rain gauge network to track and map the local variations in northern Northern Colorado precipitation. This project—the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network (CoCoRaHS)—has now has 20,000 volunteers in all 50 statesnearly 20,000 volunteers in all 50 states and has now spread into Canada (http://www.cocorahs.org/.)