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Rain gauges have been a
staple on farms for decades. While these devices are pretty low tech, they are
fairly accurate in measuring rainfall. Although this method is much more
accurate than catching rain in a cup, it’s still prone to errors.
According to the
Fundamentals of Hydrology by Timothy Davie, these devices need to be checked
immediately following a rainfall. Otherwise, evaporation could mean a lower
reading. Ideally, the rain gauge is flush with the ground, but this can cause
splashback and give a higher-than-normal reading. If you try to offset this
problem by raising the gauge above ground, this presents another problem –
turbulence. Greater wind speeds create more turbulence around the gauge and can
cause a measurement error of up to 20%.
There’s an easier, more
accurate way to determine how much rain has fallen in your area. A
patent-pending technology through MyRainReport.com eliminates the inconvenience
and guesswork associated with checking a rain gauge by allowing customers to
keep track of rainfall on remote properties or large tracts of land simply by
checking e-mail. Reports can be sent to up to three e-mail addresses.
A subscription service,
MyRainReport.com, uses Doppler radar technology combined with proprietary algorithms,
the latitude and longitude of your property, and a precise quality-control
system to generate an accurate measurement of rainfall.
How It Works
There is no equipment to buy
or maintain, and it eliminates the need to track and record readings. By zooming
in on your property using the Google Maps application on the MyRainReport.com
website, you choose the exact location for the monitoring site. Customers can
choose from a variety of services, including site-specific daily and monthly
rain reports as well as rainfall alerts.
Daily reports relay the
total amount of rainfall that occurred the previous day. Monthly reports are
delivered the first day of the month and include all rainfall for the previous
month broken down day by day. Each of these services costs $10 per month per
location. If you’d like to receive both reports, the fee is $15 a month per
Need to know the moment you
receive a particular amount of rain? The system has that capability, too, with
the rainfall alert option. Alerts are delivered once a predetermined amount of
rain has fallen on a site during a 24-hour period. The cost is $10 a month per
No matter which service you
choose, there is a one-time setup fee of $10.
Use the data to fine-tune
irrigation plans for a potential savings in water and energy.
Whether you’re looking for a
way to fine-tune irrigation plans or you’re trying to reduce the number of
trips you make to the rain gauge, MyRainReport.com might be the solution.