rain gauge


Definition of rain gauge

: an instrument for measuring the quantity of precipitation

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The National Weather Service cited data from several rain gauges south of State Road 50 in east Orange with more than four inches. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Sudden, heavy rains swamp east Orange County," 14 Aug. 2019 The study estimates that monsoon rain in southeastern Arizona — where the research data was gathered from 59 rain gauges — accounts for up to 60% of the area’s annual precipitation. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Monsoons have increased in intensity in recent decades, new study says," 23 July 2019 While the highest rain gauge measurement indicated 14.58 inches in southern Arkansas, doppler radar estimated as much as 18 inches. Jason Samenow, BostonGlobe.com, "Deluged by Barry, Arkansas becomes fifth state to set tropical storm rainfall record in past two years," 17 July 2019 Heavier rain northwest The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has a series of rain gauges throughout southern Wisconsin. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy rain falls Friday morning; thousands still without power; steamy weekend ahead," 28 June 2019 At the top of the list was a rain gauge in a Catonsville backyard, one of a cluster with extreme readings around the Ellicott City area. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Amid record-setting rainfall in 2018, Catonsville saw more precipitation than Maryland ever has: 84.6 inches," 18 June 2019 Most of the time there’s not a rain gauge where the accident happened. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 For this accident, all the nearby rain gauges showed a 10th of an inch of rain but there was a single thunderstorm cell that moved over where the accident occurred and actually three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in a short period of time. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of rain gauge

1769, in the meaning defined above

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