rain gauge

noun

Definition of rain gauge

: an instrument for measuring the quantity of precipitation

Examples of rain gauge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More advanced systems can have all that, plus all or a selection of these: a rain gauge, an anemometer for measuring wind speed and direction, a barometer, and an actinometer for checking UV index and solar radiation. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Become Your Own Meteorologist with a Home Weather Station," 4 Jan. 2021 The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District collects rain gauge totals for cities throughout Northeast Ohio. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Cleveland nearly doubles its October 2020 rainfall in one morning: Wet weather on tap could lead to more flooding," 21 Oct. 2020 Rain is so common that his mother kept a rain gauge on her deck. oregonlive, "They packed and waited for signal to flee Beachie Creek fire. Their car was found 50 feet from the family home in Lyons," 17 Sep. 2020 Only a trace of rain (less than a hundredth of an inch) was recorded at the city’s official rain gauge at Sky Harbor Airport. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona monsoon 2020: Is rain coming soon? Maybe not, but the heat is already here," 8 June 2020 Before rain gauges in Sioux Falls registered 39.2 inches of rain in 2018, the wettest year on record. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "‘I’m gonna lose everything’," 9 Nov. 2019 There are also suggested at-home activities like building a rain gauge. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Check Out These Educational Livestreams This Week," 30 Mar. 2020 In some spots in the Milwaukee area, MMSD rain gauges show that nearly 5 inches of rain have fallen since Tuesday. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy thunderstorms prompt sewage overflow, at least one fire, flooding and power outages early Friday," 13 Sep. 2019 According to the rain gauge at Sky Harbor, Phoenix was pretty dry in 2019 with only 5.93 inches of rain compared to the 8.03 inches that is normal for the city. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Phoenix 2019 weather wrap-up: It felt like a cool, dry year. But was it?," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of rain gauge

1769, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Rain gauge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20gauge. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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