SC governor honors residents who share weather observations

SC governor honors residents who share weather observations
The South Carolina State House in Columbia. (Source: WCSC/WIS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - South Carolina’s governor is recognizing residents who help out forecasters by collecting and sharing weather data from across the state.

Gov. Henry McMaster has declared the week starting Sunday as “South Carolina Citizen Weather Observer Week.”

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the week celebrates and recognizes South Carolina’s National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observers, SKYWARN Spotters and Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers.

The South Carolina Climatology Office said residents can join the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which is also called CoCoRaHS.

The rainfall data have helped forecasts and emergency officials keep people safe during the 2015 floods as well as Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.

The observers also help with long-term weather trends like droughts and can eventually help determine how the state’s climate is changing over decades.

The South Carolina Climatology Office says they feel those who have volunteered to provide these services should be recognized for their efforts that benefit the state and the nation.

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