My Favorite Wireless Rain Gauge?
You might laugh when I say I am not a weather nerd. Yet here I am confessing my love for a rain gauge!* But it’s all because what I am a total nerd about is my yard. And everyone knows that you need water to make your grass and plants grow.
I’ve always had some kind of rain gauge. Until now it was always one of those plastic tubes that can hold about 5 inches at a time. I’d check it after a storm, dump it out, and loosely keep track of how much rain we’d get throughout the week. My goal is an inch a week to keep our grass healthy!
So if you’re a nerd about watering your grass too, here’s why I love this one from AcuRite*.
That’s right. You never have to empty your rain gauge again! You attach the outside component where it can collect rain without influence from water coming off your roof. I put ours on the top of the 4×4 post on our little half fence between our deck and driveway.
It has a mechanism inside that measures the rain as it drips through. Then it sends that information, in real time, to the monitor nearby inside.
Easy to Read
Another thing I love is you don’t have to figure out which line the rain is at like on the classic rain gauges. It gives you a clear read out as the rain is happening.
This rain gauge keeps a history of how much rain has happened. There is an ‘event’ history which is how much rain in a 6 hour period. Then there’s a 7-day history total and 2 re-settable totals like a car’s trip odometer. There are different buttons on the monitor that make it clear and easy to toggle between all of the options.
Lastly, there are 2 types of alarms that you can turn on or off. They aren’t something that particularly apply to my circumstances, but they’re worth mentioning in case they apply to you! The flood watch alarm alerts you if there are conditions that could lead to flooding, aka a lot of rain fast. Perfect if you have a basement that floods easily and you need to take precautions when it rains hard.
There’s also the rainfall alarm. It’ll sound when it starts to rain, no matter if it’s light or hard rainfall. The only scenario where I can see this being semi-useful is if you have clothes drying outside and you need to know when it starts raining to bring them inside.
Raise your hand if you’ve got a rain gauge, of any caliber! If you’re a yard nerd like me, let me know in the comments how you keep up with the water demands! Or let me know if you have this rain gauge too. Us rain gauge lovers have to stick together!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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