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"Time to Kick-the-Bucket"

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Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:35 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Rain Gauges. Buckets, Pails, Gauges

Positioned rain gauges provide a valuable resource in flooding analysis. Nebe Kadair recently shared me a long-standing, time-tested means of measuring rain. He noted that a measured bucket provided reliability in determining the amount of rain collected and noted examples of "seasoned" gardeners that still use this process. With the use of a ruler, he suggested measuring the depth of the desired bucket. Traditionally a metal pail will measure approximately 10 to 12 inches from the base to the top rim. Nebe noted that his bucket measured approximately nine inches of rain from the recent deluge which surprisingly matches readings from the instrumentation at our WBRZ and at Metro Airport's gauges. Nebe scared me when he suggested that you need to "kick the bucket" after every storm.

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