Instruments for measuring precipitation include rain gauges and snow gauges, and various types are manufactured according to the purpose at hand. Rain gauges are discussed in this chapter. Rain gauges are classified into recording and non-recording types.
What Tool Measures Precipitation?
Precipitation is defined as any liquid or solid form of water that falls from the atmosphere and reaches the earth’s surface. The main types of precipitation are rain, snow, sleet, and hail.
Measuring precipitation is important for many reasons, including weather forecasting, agricultural planning, and flood control. There are a variety of tools that can be used to measure precipitation, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
The most common type of precipitation gauge is the tipping bucket rain gauge. This type of gauge consists of a funnel that collects the precipitation and funnels it into a bucket. The bucket is designed to tip over when it reaches a certain level, typically 0.01 inches (0.254 mm).
The number of times the bucket tips is recorded and this can be used to estimate the amount of precipitation that has fallen. Another type of precipitation gauge is the weighing precipitation gauge.
This type of gauge consists of a container that is placed on a scale. As precipitation falls into the container, the weight of the container increases.
This increase in weight is used to calculate the amount of precipitation that has fallen. A third type of precipitation gauge is the optical rain gauge. This type of gauge uses a laser to measure