Reporting is quick and easy, even if the amount of rain is zero. Accumulation figures can be submitted on the CoCoRaHS website, via smartphone on a free app or called in to a recorded line. Training on collection and reporting is available on the CoCoRaHS website.
There are many ways precipitation data is used. Specific to burn areas, the information will primarily be used by the National Weather Service and the River Forecast Centers for flood forecasting. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer backyard weather observer, please contact Noah Newman at email@example.com.