Raton Basin
Volunteer Rain Gauge Program

Program Overview

In May 2012, Pioneer Natural Resources (Pioneer) joined the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), a non-profit community-based network of volunteers working together to measure and map precipitation throughout Colorado and the United States.  Pioneer's partnership and support allow data to be collected from ten new CoCoRaHS rain gauges, seven of which are installed at public schools throughout Las Animas County and will be monitored by student volunteers.

In addition to the volunteer CoCoRaHS effort, Pioneer commissioned Norwest Corporation to install three automated rain gauges.  All rain gauges will help the community learn more about the water resources in Las Animas County, home to an agricultural community that depends on water for its livelihood.  Data collected by one additional station, the Hoehne CoAgMet (Colorado Agricultural Meteorological Network) weather station is also included in the precipitation-monitoring program.

Annual total precipitation in Las Animas County ranges from 14 to 16 inches:  however, over the last decade, this area of Colorado has experienced extreme to exceptional drought conditions based on reports provided by the US Drought Monitor group (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu).

Landowners in the Raton Basin have had the unique opportunity to utilize Pioneer CBM surface discharges to meet some of their water needs over the past several years.  This mutual partnership has provided a new water source helping to maintain the agricultural industry in Las Animas County, and has offset a part of the reduction in rain and snowfall due to the drought conditions over the last ten years.  Tracking precipitation totals throughout the county is useful in assessing the value of any new or existing water resources that are currently being used for agricultural purposes.

Click on the station name to view data on the CoCoRaHS site.

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