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Thursday, December 17, 2009 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Wanted: volunteer weather observers How much rain fell in your Minnesota has been a pioneer hometown overnight? How much in starting grass-roots volunteer snow fell during yesterday's winter precipitation observing networks. storm? Would you like to share the The CoCoRaHS network compli- weather information you record in ments several other climate net- your backyard with others in your works which already exist across community, as well as those who Minnesota. These include the need weather data at the regional, National Weather Service Cooper- state and national level? ative Observing Network and the The Minnesota State Clima- MNgageMinnesota-areaVolunteer tology Office and the National Climate Observing Program. This Weather Service arelooking forvol- new partnership with CoCoRaHS unteers to collect and report daffy will allow even more citizens to rainfall and snowfall data across share locally gathered information Minnesota as part of the Commu- to help meet the important need of nity Collaborative Rain, Hail and near-realtime precipitation data. Snow Network, better known as CoCoRaHS was started by Colo- CoCoRaHS. rado State University after a devas- Observers can also share sig- tating flash flood that occurred in nificant weather reports such as Fort Collins, Colo. in 1997. Record- hail and flooding via CoCoRaHS to breaking rain fell in an area where help document the effect adverse no official rain gages were located. .weather is having on their local This event prompted a search for community inrealtime, ways to improve the density of Dec. 1, Minnesota officially near-realtime precipitation data. joined the CoCoRaHS network, Precipitation can vary widely which has over 12,000 volun- across Minnesota. Thunderstorms teers nationwide. Minnesotans can drop very heavy rain in one of all ages and backgrounds can area, while locations just a few join this rapidly growing network, miles awayremain dry. Even snow- playing an active role in meteoro- falltotals canvary greatly from one logical reporting and research. All end of a county to the other. Hay- that is needed is a rain gage, a ruler, ing a greater density of precipita- and an interest in weather. Train- tion reports across Minnesota will ing is provided free of charge, and assist greatlywith determining the is available online, via phone or impact of storms, and gauging the e-mail, or in a group setting, severity of droughts or floods. The Volunteers use an interactive addition of just a few CoCoRaHS Web site to provide precipitation observers within a given county data for a variety of applications, will create a more complete pic- The National Weather Service, ture of the weather. other meteorologists, hydrologists, To volunteer as a CoCoRaHS emergency managers, city utilities observer, or for more informa- (water supply, water conservation, tion on the network, please visit storm water), insurance adjusters, the CoCoRaHS Web site at . You can also con- managers, mosquito control, farm- tact Michelle Margraf, Observing ers, outdoor and recreation inter- Program Leader at the National ests, teachers, students, and neigh- Weather Service in Chanhassen, bors in the community are just Minnesota with questions at (952) some examples of those who use 368-2520 or . ty ............... Page 3 Cards of Thall Snowmobile . safety training KES Holiday Snowmobile SafetyTraining Thank you, Lori Miller classes will be offered for youth program A special thank you to Lori ages 12-15, or who will reach age 12 Kimball Elementary will pres- Miller for yearly setting up equip- byApril 1, 2010. ent its 26th annual Holiday pro- ment for the choir events and help- Classes be held at the Wat- gram "My Favorite Time of Year," ingme at the concerts, kins Fire Hall on the following at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Arlene Sands dates: Dec. 17. The concert, including kin- KimballArea District Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 to dergarten, first, second, and third Vocal Music Specialist 9 p.m. grades, will be held in the Kim- Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to ball Elementary Gym. The public 9 p.m. is cordially invited to attend this Saturday, Jan. 16. from 9 a.m. special event directed by Arlene to noon Sands, Kimball Area District Vocal Pre-registration is required since Music Specialist. space is limited. Call Steve rflls at (320) 236-7562 to register. Our sincere and heartfelt thank you to family and friends who remembered us with prayers, phone calls, cards, visits, food, flowers, memorials and kind words following the sudden death of our wife, mother and grandmother. A very special thank you to Tom from Ertl Funeral Home in Wat- kins for his care and compassion and professionalism. We are for- ever grateful. Thank you to the Watkins Ambulance and Rescue services, Msgr. Francis Garvey and the ladies who served lunch. Words cannot express our thanks for your acts of kindness that will never be forgotten. God bless all of you. The family of Kathy Peterson Duane, Jonathan, Julie and Patrick Public notice of Christmas Eve hours The Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility will close at 12 (noon) Thursday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. We thank you for your participation in our pro- grams and wish you all a happy Holiday season. FLORAL AND GIFTS in Minnesota Coffees aa dlable -Samples all through December! Qift ctr e now Bring in food shelf item and get $5 off* a $25 and up fresh.cut arrangemer l *Expires December 23, 2009. Pre-orders encouraged. WE WIRE OUT! Cal/NOW... to ensure prompt delivery this holiday season! every Friday & Saturday in December. stop in and see what's newt DELIVERY AVA/LABLE/ HRS: 398.TREE (8733) M-F 8"30am-5pm; Sat. 9am.noon 20 Main St. N Kimball Do you have an outstanding teacher in i : your community? Nominate that person for the diversiCOM Teacher of the Yearl The winning teacher will receive a trophy and a monetary gift. diversiCOM also gives i a $1000 donation to the winner's school to be used for technology upgrades. Nomination forms can be picked up at any school office, a diversiCOM office, or printed from our website: www.meltel.com or www.mainstreetcom.com