Archive for February, 2010

All You Need To Know About Rain Gauges

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

All You Need To Know About Rain Gauges

Have you wondered about the amount of rain, snow or hail that reaches your home annually? Moreover, have you wondered how you can determine the amount of such weather phenomenon that reach the place where you live versus your relatives or friends’ place from another country, state or city?

Why bother, you might ask. Nevertheless, if you happen to ever wonder about this, then you might want to get yourself a rain gauge and have fun with determining the weather phenomenon that we call the rain.

A rain gauge is important to study of liquid precipitation, which is manifested in the form of rain. Hydrologist and even meteorologists in order to analyze and determine the amount of precipitation within a certain period often use this instrument. Rain gauges have two parts in order to determine both data. It comprises a part to catch the precipitation and another part to measure the total amount of precipitation caught.

Decorative Rain Gauges For Your Home D?cor

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Decorative Rain Gauges For Your Home D?cor

Who said it that rain gauges have to be functional alone? With the decorative rain gauges available, fashion should never be left out by function. True, this device is used to measure the amount of rain fall on a particular day or at a set period of time. But while it is doing its own functional thing, wouldn’t it be nice if it appears so cute and fashionable with the rest of the surrounding too?

A decorative rain gauge will do those two things exactly as how you want it. Even when the weather seems bleak because of the heavy rain fall or storm, it will be soothing and relaxing to find that a nicely crafted rain gauge is there standing accurately functioning to measure water fall and being a great d?cor all in one.

You have lots of exciting choices for this kind of rain gauge. They come in various shapes, sizes, and forms. The possibilities are endless, with one that looks like a butterfly, frog, eagle, dog, flower, fish small tractor, and just about anything that you can think of. They can come finished in a brass or copper, ceramic or plastic, and hand painted or not. With all of these selections, they certainly will make your place a very attractive and exciting one. They add accents to your outdoors ? whether at your home or business office.

Take Your Pick: Typical Forms Of Rain Gauge

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Take Your Pick: Typical Forms Of Rain Gauge

There are four typical forms of rain gauge. If you want to know more about these four forms in order to check out which type of rain gauge you would need, according to your specific purposes, then read on.

1.) The Graduated Cylinder or Standard Rain Gauge – this type was developed as the dawn of the 20th century approaches. It consists of a graduated cylinder with a funnel attached to it, placed in a larger container. The container contains the water that could overflow from the graduated cylinder. In measuring its results, the graduated cylinder is measured and the excess water that overflowed will be placed onto another graduated cylinder and measured again.

The usual measurement in the cylinder is millimeters and each of the horizontal line in it can be 0.2 mm or 0.007 inch. The usual measure of a graduated cylinder is only up to 25 mm or .098 inch. Anything over 25 mm will then flow over onto the small hole on the graduated cylinder’s top. This rain gauge utilizes a metal pipe attached to the larger container for adjustment purposes, just to make sure that it is level. Then, a metal rod placed on the ground will be fit over the pipe.

Rain Gauge ? History And Underlying Principles

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Rain Gauge ? History And Underlying Principles

Do you know much about rain gauges? Read on to find out the principles that comprise them.

Rain gauges are the instruments used to collect rain and interpret the amount of precipitation in a certain time period. Meteorologists and hydrologists make use of these instruments to come up with their recorded data.

Remembering its History

You must be wondering as to where the rain gauge originated and who were the very first people thought of using it. For the record, the very first rainfall records were safeguarded by no other than the Ancient Greeks. The date goes back to 500 B.C. After a hundred of years or so, the Indians thought of using ordinary bowls to collect and record the rainfall.

Their readings were then associated to the expected growth and later on to the quotations of the land taxes. Certain places like Magadha and Arthashastra based their grain production to the rainfall records. All of the state storehouses then adopted the use of the standardized rain gauge to be able to categorize the lands for the purpose of computing the taxes.

Rain Gauge – How Does It Work?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Rain Gauge – How Does It Work?

If you are no pro in the study of the weather phenomenon, then you may not fully understand what the rain gauges are or how they work to fulfill their purpose. On a professional level, these instruments are considered indispensable especially because they are used to examine and gauge the amount of precipitation at a particular point in time.

Undoubtedly, the quantity of rainfall is different from one place towards another. You can?t expect that your location gets the same or an an equal amount of precipitation with the rest of the cities in your state. Hence, you will need a measuring device to prove this point.

The Weather Instrument?s Composition

As a weather instrument, the rain gauge is simple in style yet very useful and practical. The typical and conventional device is mainly composed of three parts. They are the long and thin cylindrical tube, the funnel that is set atop the graduated cylinder, and the container housing. There is usually an outer container which envelops the cylindrical tube to ensure that even the excess water rain is collected.

Measuring The Weather With Rain Gauge And The Others

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Measuring The Weather With Rain Gauge And The Others

You must have heard about the rain gauge, wind gauge, and many others while you were studying in your old school a few years back. Well, they are the weather instruments. But how can they measure the weather?

As you watch the news channel, your weather forecaster provides you with the detailed information about the condition of the weather for the day or for the entire week. Although you may argue that the weather remains unpredictable, your weathermen simply makes a forecast. Meaning to say, they base their details on the use of some instruments which supply them with the accurate readings. Yes, they try their very best to come up with the best results. That is, to measure everything in a precise way. However, there are some factors that hinder them to get the most exact readings such as hurricanes, snow, and storms, to name a few. Through all of these, it piques a particular interest on each and every one of us as to how the weather professionals study and measure the weather.

Wireless Rain Gauge ? An Easier Instrument To Use

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Wireless Rain Gauge ? An Easier Instrument To Use

In the past, the weathermen had to travel a long way to go down the field and check out the instrument which collected the rainfall. They had to do the reading and recording manually. In their effort of coming up with the best results and accurate data, their job had to take long. However, these days, modern technology has provided a new and easier avenue of measuring precipitation without all the fuss. Data gathering has also become too convenient for all weathermen. Thanks to the wireless rain gauges!

Yes, you have read it right. Wireless rain gauges are now widely available in this time and age. The manufacturers have already invaded the market and the weathermen are just too thankful for this kind of innovation.

A Look at this Modern Precipitation Measuring Device

The wireless rain gauge makes way for an efficient method of data gathering. A sensor is integrated into the device which transmits the pertinent information to the main monitoring center that is located in a sheltered area. The data associated to rainfall comes in a span of 5 up to 10 seconds. This short time frame ensures that the given information is no other than the current and updated version.

Rain Gauges ? The Decorative And The Wireless

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Rain Gauges ? The Decorative And The Wireless

Over the years, weather professionals, novices and just plain weather enthusiasts have been using rain gauges, which deliver its main purpose and provide other bonus features. They now have the decorative and the wireless rain gauges.

So what is a decorative rain gauge aside from the fact that it is decorative?

Well, decorative rain gauges are interesting and comforting sights on the front lawn or backyard of a house during days when rains or storms abound. It does perform its primary function and purpose, which is to determine the amount of rainfall or other types of precipitation that your area had by millimeters or inches. In addition, all the while it delivers the results, it would bring an added look of charm on a garden, backyard or front lawn.

Nowadays, having a decorative rain gauge can surely accentuate a backyard, patio, deck, porch, and lawn grounds. It could be a very decorative but also a very functional mechanism. However, if preferred, it can also be just a decorative fixture on the living room or bedroom, without having to use it functionally.

FAQs On Rain Gauges

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

FAQs On Rain Gauges

Who needs a rain gauge? Why is this instrument used? There are a couple of questions that linger in your mind and that one is sure. If you want the answers to your queries, then, here are some vital frequently asked questions that will definitely satiate you.

Who often uses the rain gauge?

For formal purposes, the meteorologists and hydrologists use the rain gauges to determine the amount of rainfall for a certain period of time in a given area. The unit of measurement used is either inches or millimeters. A weather station interprets the data and keeps the records. In some cases, the reading of the data can be done manually. The characteristic of the rain as to whether it is light, medium, or heavy is likewise determined.

What generally comprises the modern tipping bucket rain gauge instruments?

The modern style of tipping buckets is typically composed of the plastic collector which is balanced over a pivot. It is able to activate the reed switch whenever it tips. Thus, it electronically transmits the recorded data to the remote weather collection station.

Rain Gauge For Your Personal Use

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Rain Gauge For Your Personal Use

Rain gauges are weather instruments that specifically help people in determining how much liquid precipitation occurs at a given location over a specific period.

You can utilize the internet and specialty stores in your area in order to find a rain gauge for yourself. Everyone can have access to a rain gauge and can acquire a particular type of rain gauge, depending on their budget for one.

A weighing rain gauge can be quite expensive as compared to the two other types, which is the standard rain gauge and weighing bucket rain gauge. However, the former type can bring out the most accurate data of the three types.

A rain gauge is a great help for people whose work and jobs depend on the weather and the specifically, the amount of precipitation on a certain area. Typically, the data collected from this equipment is analyzed and compiled by professional weather bureau personnel. They are given out as part of the weather report for the day or week.