rain gauge


: an instrument for measuring the quantity of precipitation

Examples of rain gauge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salt River Shore, just south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (the site of the official rain gauge), got 0.71 inches of rain in one week, while only seven and a half miles away in downtown Phoenix, the total was 0.39 inches — in the same week. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2024 Having a rain gauge in your yard is the best way of knowing how much water your yard actually is getting. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 3 June 2023 And an acoustic rain gauge, of the company’s own design, analyzes the sound of drops hitting the puck’s plastic top to determine the size and number of rain drops falling. IEEE Spectrum, 12 July 2016 In all, a National Weather Service rain gauge at Furnace Creek recorded 2.2 inches of rain, which amounts to the park’s entire average annual rainfall and beats the previous single day record of 1.7 inches set on Aug. 5, 2022. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s interest in inventions, the rain gauge uses a float and lever design and can measure up to 7 inches of rain at a time. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Use a rain gauge or tuna can to measure precipitation. oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2023 Install a rain gauge and start measuring precipitation with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. Eva Lewandowski, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2017 The rain gauge is wireless and self-emptying, and records precipitation amounts as well as stores historical data for the last year, month, week, or 48 hours. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rain gauge was in 1769

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“Rain gauge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20gauge. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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rain gauge

: an instrument for measuring rainfall

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