The National Weather Service, through the California Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, is seeking volunteers to observe and report on local weather.

Joining the Community Collaborative network is free. One needs a 4-inch rain gauge and a few minutes each day, according to the NWS.

For more information or to join, contact Jim Taeger, either at or [email protected].


  1. This article actually pertains to what is called SKYWARN where weather spotters report “Ground Truth” weather from their locations to NOAA. Not to be confused with weather chasers. Locally the Mountain Radio Network supports this effort for Riverside County (both east and west county) via reports from Ham Radio Operators over our linked repeater system.

    As for WNKI 578 – 1610 AM and Per section 90.242 of the FCC expressly allows TIS transmission of, inter alia, “noncommercial voice information pertaining to traffic and road conditions, traffic hazards and travel advisories, directions [and] rest stops.” Thus, under this provision of the rule, TIS operators may transmit weather alerts regarding difficult or hazardous conditions (whether or not “tone alerted”), as well as information regarding motor vehicle crashes, emergency points of assembly, road closures and construction, parking, current driving travel times, air flight status, truck weigh stations, driver rest areas, locations of truck services, and road closures.