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07-20-2013 08:18 PM
A friend recommended this web site toady. They collect precip amounts from volunteers across the country (and Manitoba) . Their precip map updates automatically when amounts are reported. Fills in the gap between the official airport reporting sites and provides actuals instead of radar estimates.
Has anyone else heard of this before?
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07-20-2013 08:39 PM
Elwynn Taylor recommends this site for people who want to be part of a weather reporting netework. The organization wants you to use a special rain gauge (which I have) which is quite accurate. They don't trust the automatic type.
Here is the rain gauge.
It costs about $35 by the time you get it shipped.
I am not a member and have no personal knowleddge of their operation. It would have the potential to add a lot of insight to weather reports, as they would be ther rain gauges from individual people.
It would not be a bad idea if we all posted rainfall amount but I doubt if we'd get that done. But if we did, it might help fill in the blanks and add some clarity to weather reports.
Many weather reports are from airports and cities - not from the location of the fields.
07-20-2013 09:16 PM
I know what you mean about the differences between a few miles. We are 8 miles west of Dayton International and the monthly farm total here varies from their total quite often by 2" or more.
07-20-2013 09:42 PM
07-20-2013 09:51 PM
What I like about it is that I can go back and see how much precipitation fell on my farm last month, year or what ever time period I punch in. It keeps track of my rain fall and computes the totals. As Jim said, the special gauges are very accurate. I does take a little time to check and then record the total. As a weather watcher I find it a worth while volunteer organization. I can also spy on other rain gauges around the country and get a feel for the weather patterns and so forth.
Have been a volunteer for 6 years.
07-20-2013 10:58 PM - edited 07-20-2013 11:00 PM
That guage is the one I use here. I'm not part of the system but love the guage. They cost about $35 delivered.
SWO... Dennis 1 over on agweb has been one of their reporters for years.
07-21-2013 07:11 AM
07-22-2013 08:12 AM
08-01-2013 11:09 AM
as a "member of the team", it is a blast to be able to check in and see more specific locations rain/snow/hail reports...
fun to call hobby or ecin and tell then it's time to quite the dfa routine, because their neighbors only received X amount,
so they could be in the field spending money on chemical etc. ( aka Dennis1)