Raincheck

Let’s check the rain gauge, shall we?

In 2008, we got 11.87 inches of rain.
In 2009, we got 32.48 inches of rain.
In the first three months of 2010, we have 7.73 inches of rain.

And by “we,” I don’t mean central Texas. I don’t mean the greater Austin area. I don’t mean the Creedmoor ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction (or maybe that’s extra-terrestrial jurisdiction)). I mean here at the Creedmoor ranch where we have a pack of labradors, free-range hummingbirds, barn swallows, purple martins, doves and rattlesnakes.

How do I know this for sure? We have rain gauges. Do we ever have rain gauges. The first one was the old fashioned kind, where you walk out to it, see how much is in there, then reach over, pick it up and dump out the water. It’s by the yard gate, on the west side.

The second rain gauge we obtained was electronic and remote. Oooh. It measures in increments of 4/100 inches of rain. It empties itself, automatically, after recording the rainfall amount. We no longer had to walk out to the gate to the old rain gauge to see how much rain had fallen. No more standing on the front porch with binoculars, trying not to get wet. Spiffy. It’s on one of the north fence posts.

When that one went just a little haywire, we got another one just like it. It’s near the yard gate as well, not too far from the old fashioned rain gauge. The first one started working again, with a little attention and cleaning out.

A couple of years later, we ended up with a “weather station.” Another remote, self-emptying rain gauge that also tracked the wind direction and speed, barometer readings, moon phase, the whole lot. It’s on top of the carport.

And is that enough to measure our rain here at the ranch?

Apparently not.

I came home one day this week and there was yet another rain gauge on the kitchen counter. This one — this one — measures each 1/100-inch increment of rainfall, not 4/100-inch increments like those other (now, lesser) rain gauges. And it needs it own, new post. What a deal: some assembly required.

I take care of the rain gauge recordings when hubby is out of town. This takes some training: How to record the rainfall and temperatures on the calendar, when to empty the old fashioned rain gauge. (The temperatures are recorded off of separate remote, electronic non-rain gauge devices. Yes, indeed.)

One time, when the last rain was several days past, I emptied the old fashioned rain gauge. Later, hubby noticed. He was sad that he would never know how much rain was in that rain gauge, even though the rainfall had already been recorded on the calendar using one of the other rain gauges.

There’s a moral to this story, somewhere, I’m sure of it. I’ll let you know if and when I figure it out.

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3 thoughts on “Raincheck

  1. Living in the dark ages here. Not even one rain gauge. I look out the front door, and if the deck is dark gray instead of light gray — yep, it rained.

  2. It depressed me last year when I drove over the Perdernales and it was dry. Lake Travis was so low that we had to trek forever to get to a dock. Yeah for rain! Yeah for rain gauges that stand like sentinels just waiting for the chance to brag about how much rain we’ve received.

  3. I rode the train from Mexico City to Guadalajara back in 1975/1976. It was an overnight trip so we didn’t get to see much but it sure beat the 24 hour bus ride from Guadalajara to Nuevo Laredo!

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