rain gauge

noun

Definition of rain gauge 

: an instrument for measuring the quantity of precipitation

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Radar estimates and rain gauges suggested at least 10 inches of rain fell in this area. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Weather Service determines Sunday’s Ellicott City rainstorm was indeed ‘1 in 1,000’," 30 May 2018 Meanwhile, a rain gauge at North 36th Street and West Fond du Lac Avene on Milwaukee's north side had tallied 2.85 inches of rain as of 4:41 p.m., according to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe storms knock out power, flood roads; house struck by lightning in Greendale," 18 June 2018 Automated rain gauges in and around Catonsville, at ground zero, recorded nearly 13 to 15 inches of rain. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018 Over 24 hours starting on Tuesday night, 1.73 inches of rain fell at Charlotte's airport, 1.4 inches in the Huntersville area and 2.62 inches in Mint Hill, according to rain gauge totals cited by Outlaw. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Flood warnings for Charlotte after NC mountains hit with record deluge | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 That happened on two days, Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, with that Saturday’s storm dropping the most rainfall, the Metropolitan Sewer District’s 42 rain gauges across the Kentuckiana region show. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "In 40 seconds, here's what 5 days of rain looked like at 42 spots across Kentuckiana," 5 Mar. 2018 The only rain recorded on that date at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (and wherever else the city’s official rain gauge was before it was moved to the airport in 1954) was a trace in 1991. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Rain in Phoenix on June 11? That would be a first," 11 June 2018 After 119 days without rain, monsoon season 2018 got in gear as Phoenix was hit hard Monday with more than a half inch at the official rain gauge at Sky Harbor Airport. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Rain in Phoenix 3 days in a row? Yeah, it happens, but not very often," 12 July 2018 Easy fix Get a sprinkler rain gauge or turn off the system during the summer months. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Why do Central Floridians water their lawns during rain storms? Let nature keep the grass green," 6 July 2018

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1769, in the meaning defined above

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