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5 Favorites: Rain Gauges

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5 Favorites: Rain Gauges

September 24, 2018

What’s in the weather forecast for this fall? Rain, we hope. Here in northern California we can’t get enough. How much water does your garden get? Whether you live in a wet or dry climate, it’s useful to measure rainfall. A low-tech rain gauge will let you know if it’s time to adjust your drip irrigation watering system.

(N.B.: Fans of high tech, and those who prefer to stay indoors, should explore Oregon Scientific’s Rain Gauge offerings.)

The Glass Tube Rain Gauge measures up to 7 inches of rainfall and is \$6.99 at Herrschners.
Above: The Glass Tube Rain Gauge measures up to 7 inches of rainfall and is $6.99 at Herrschners.
From Blomus, the Campo Rain Gauge, &#8\2\20;shaped like a champagne flute,&#8\2\2\1; has a stainless steel stake; \$49.49 from Lumens.
Above: From Blomus, the Campo Rain Gauge, “shaped like a champagne flute,” has a stainless steel stake; $49.49 from Lumens.
The AcuRite Glass Rain Gauge made by Chaney Instruments &#8\2\20;collects up to 5 inches (\1\2 centimeters) of rain&#8\2\2\1; and is \$5.3\2 at Amazon.
Above: The AcuRite Glass Rain Gauge made by Chaney Instruments “collects up to 5 inches (12 centimeters) of rain” and is $5.32 at Amazon.
The Crystal Glass Rain-Meter &#8\2\20;is a simplified version of the Hellmann Ombrometer: One point on the millimeter scale of the glass container is equivalent to one litere of rain per square meter,&#8\2\2\1; says retailer Manufactum; €55.
Above: The Crystal Glass Rain-Meter “is a simplified version of the Hellmann Ombrometer: One point on the millimeter scale of the glass container is equivalent to one litere of rain per square meter,” says retailer Manufactum; €55.
New England master craftsman Steve Conant makes rain gauges using the same custom techniques developed in the \19th century. The Conant Grande View Rain Gauge with a bronze patina has a twisting stake to support the measuring tube and to mount the gauge into soft ground (a post-mounting option is also available); \$48.\10 at Amazon.
Above: New England master craftsman Steve Conant makes rain gauges using the same custom techniques developed in the 19th century. The Conant Grande View Rain Gauge with a bronze patina has a twisting stake to support the measuring tube and to mount the gauge into soft ground (a post-mounting option is also available); $48.10 at Amazon.

Is your rainfall level a little low? Perhaps you need to read 11 Tips for Designing a Water-Conscious Garden or 7 Ways to Save Water in the Garden, from a Graywater Crusader.

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