Question: Are there any good directions or materials for building rain gauges?

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stevie asked on May 24, 2018 15:35
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We're hoping to run a workshop on building rain gages. It seems like the build would be pretty easy, but I was wondering if there are any instructions people know of for this, or materials that might work best?

Thanks!



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Hi Stevie...I'm no expert in this area but in my surfing I happened across a few links on this topic recently. Hopefully these will be of some use to you, and get you off in the right direction:

Analog: https://www.instructables.com/id/PLASTIC-BOTTLE-RAIN-GAUGE/

Several digital options:

https://www.mysensors.org/build/rain

http://cactus.io/projects/weather/arduino-weather-station-rain-sensor

https://www.creatroninc.com/product/water-rain-sensor/?search_query=rain&results=53

Good luck!


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Here's another interesting idea I just found https://giphy.com/gifs/instrument-AsFbniBeEbecU


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I found a number of the ones that use soda bottles don't really account for measuring on cylinders that aren't strait. I wrote up an activity that helps answer that issue:

https://publiclab.org/notes/stevie/06-07-2018/accurate-soda-bottle-rain-gauge?_=1528393384


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