A few good rain men, or women, needed

County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for a few good men — or women — to become rain gauge readers.

Rain gauge readers will be making contributions to state climatology data and conservation.

Interested persons need to have one to five minutes per day and an open area in their yard where they could install a National Weather Service rain gauge. A National Weather Service rain gauge consists of a 4-by-14-inch cylinder mounted on a fence post. The gauge can hold 11 inches of rain with accuracy to a hundredth of an inch.

Results are forwarded to the state climatologist and summaries are made available to each county. These results are used day to day statewide by government offices, private consultants and researchers for a wide variety of environmental purposes.

The areas within Sherburne County most in need of observation include Blue Hill, Big Lake, Baldwin, Orrock and Santiago townships. If you reside in one of these areas and are interested in climate data and conservation, contact Gina Hugo with the Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District at: 763-241-1170, ext. 101 or ghugo@sherburneswcd.org to find out more.