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A few weeks ago, my son nailed a new rain gauge to our patio railing. It is right outside the back door, so it is easy to check. Our old one was farther out in the yard and no one ever wanted to check it.
We’ve been checking that rain gauge every day and recording that information. It didn’t take long to see the rainfall adding up. Our plan is to keep monthly records and then check them against the averages at USClimateData.com.
To record our data, I wanted to keep it simple. My kids deal better with simple. I created these rainfall chart printables for us to use record our rainfall data. They include daily (24 hour) and monthly charts.
Recording rainfall is a great way to get kids to pay attention to the weather, the atmosphere, and the seasons. They can observe changes in the amounts of rainfall during different times of the year. Comparing data with historical averages lets them know if the precipitation they are observing is normal for that time of year. That can lead to further weather and climate studies.
Rain gauges come in lots of variations. From simple glass tubes you can mount on your deck or patio, to wireless weather stations that can measure rain, temperature, wind, humidity, and more.
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