# Are decorative rain gauges accurate?

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## How accurate are plastic rain gauges?

Manual rain gauges– Plastic rain gauges that have a 4 inch diameter opening at the top to catch rain are quite accurate. … Each tip of the tipping bucket underneath the black collector is counted by a reed switch calibrated to record 0.01 inch (=0.25 mm) of rain.

## How do I know if my rain gauge is accurate?

Take into account the resolution of the rain gauge. If the resolution is 0.01 inches for example, the measurement would be 0.01 inches/tip x 39 tips = 0.39 inches. Important Note: Make sure the weather station display is set to total rain and not rain rate.

## Is a 5 gallon bucket an accurate rain gauge?

Most rain gauges for automatic weather stations are of the swinging bucket type, which must be installed in an accurately horizontal plane for correct operation.” The most accurate rain gage we have is a 5 gallon bucket in the middle of the driveway turn around.

## Does the size of a rain gauge matter?

Size. The height of a rain gauge typically ranges from 5 to 20 inches, while the diameter of its cylinder ranges from 2 to 8 inches. It’s quite simple: the larger the cylinder, the more rain collected and the more accurate the readings are.

## Are rain gauges accurate in wind?

You have identified a very real problem, and it is impossible to obtain accurate rainfall measurements in high-wind conditions. Even assuming nearby obstacles (buildings or trees, for example) do not block raindrops from reaching the rain gauge, the body of the gauge itself acts as an obstacle to air flow.

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## Are all rain gauges the same?

The gauge is the same type the National Weather Service uses. It has a funnel that deposits rain into an inner tube with a smaller diameter (like this one), but bigger. The inner tube’s diameter is just small enough to make the depth of rain ten times what it would be in a gauge without the tube and funnel.

## How is a rain gauge calibrated?

Most standard rain gauges have a wide funnel leading into the cylinder and are calibrated so that one-tenth of an inch of rain measures one inch when it collects inside. The funnel is 10 times the cross-sectional area of the tube. Rainfall as low as . 01 inches can be measured with this instrument.