Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Father's Day Gift Idea

Well Father's Day is coming up this weekend and if you haven't picked anything out for your dad yet, I have an idea. Are you ready for this?

It's a tipping bucket rain gauge. I've posted a picture of what it looks like on the inside and I'll explain how it works. The measuring device actually looks like a see-saw or teeter totter that you would normally find in a park. When one side fills up with water, it dumps through a hole in the bottom of the canister. The other side of the bucket, now in the up position, catches water until it fills up. It will then dump and the process goes back and forth. Generally speaking, each time the bucket dumps, there has been one-hundredth of an inch of rainfall (.01"), but other units can be used. The best part about it; you never have to empty the rain gauge and what dad wouldn't appreciate that.
If I still have your interest at this point, you are probably wondering how much one costs. Well, prices will range depending on where you get it, but the cheapest ones might go for $50, while other models will be slightly over $100. I'm a weather geek and I purchased one many years ago to install on the farm. The best part about it is going to the local COOP and telling the area ranchers and farmers that you had .05" of rain and watching them look at you funny, wondering how you get such an accurate rainfall reading.
To my dad and all the others out there, Happy Father's Day!


Anonymous said...

Where do you purchase this type of rain gauge?


Anonymous said...

Hi, from a fellow Geneseoite. I grew up there until Junior high school. Did your relatives live on the golf course there? I remember playing on those sand greens when I was a kid and stopping by a house, on the Northeast part of the golf course, for water from a well. I enjoy watching you on TV, you do a great job.

Ross Janssen said...

This rain gauge can be found in some hardware stores or you can find it online on several different websites. You'll find the more expensive ones are probably online. Hope this helps.

Ross Janssen said...

Thanks for the comments and actually, the house you are referring to was the one my family lived in when I was born. We lived in that house until I was about 2 and then we moved straight north of town. I was too young to remember very much about the house, but my family has several good stories from living on the golf course.

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