Historic Weather Data Rescue Volunteer


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
Saving Data...Saving Lives

About

We have just constructed the world’s first historic weather strip chart digitizing program.

We DESPERATELY need your help to spend a couple of hours from home each week helping to "save the world", as my 10 year old granddaughter Kyrra states. The last I looked, out of our current 30 volunteers, she is our 17th highest digitizer!

We have been sending teams throughout the world locating old weather observations on paper, some dating back to the early 1800s. These teams help the local weather services photograph these records before they disappear forever and send them to us over a Google Cloud.

We then place these images on a new website called WeatherWizards.ORG...and our volunteers digitize them. Check out our 2 minute video on the site that shows how it works!!!!

Our volunteers bring up the website on their computer, register, take a short on-line training session, and begin "to save the world".

Please understand, we are not being facetious. These old weather records, when photographed and digitized are made available to scientists throughout the world who use these records to help prevent drownings from mud slides and flash floods, better understand severe weather like hurricanes and tornados, provide farmers throughout the world with the true frequency of drought so their families won’t starve, provide researchers like those at the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control with data they can use to plot the speed and extent of airborne diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, the Zita virus, and of course, climate changeetc.

The current batch of images we are digitizing are rainfall charts from El Salvador. Unlike the usual weather records that indicate rainfall every 6 hours, these charts show how much rain fell every 15 minutes...critical information to help with mud slide warnings.

These particular records are from two observation sites closest to a mud slide which killed over 200 people in November 2009, two weeks before we visited.

Please get your friends, kids, grandparents to check us out. We, and the rest of the world, really need your help. Thank you!

Skills

  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 10
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours per week or longer if you have time
  • willingness to spread the word. We need many volunteers.

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