Copper rain gauge.

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Re: Copper rain gauge.

Postby Mike Brown » 2015 Apr 03, 11:46

There is another one now available. Cheaper and it also appears to have the measure with it too. Have a look at this link

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-COPPE ... 3cf6627ddb

Best wishes

Mike
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Re: Copper rain gauge.

Postby Richard Hunt » 2015 Apr 03, 19:44

Thanks for all the advice, I have gone for Mike's idea (thanks Mike), and purchased a second hand standard 5" gauge from EBay. It's in a used state, but a polish up and it'll be as good as new. I'll have to buy a new measuring cylinder, but I already have a narrow necked bottle for the inside so all in all I'm pretty pleased.

So thanks to all for the guidance.

Cheers.
COL Station: 25020.

Watson W-8681 AWS. Standard Stevenson Screen. Maximum and Minimum screen thermometers. Grass minimum thermometer.
5" Copper standard rain gauge. Roof mounted annemometer.
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Re: Copper rain gauge.

Postby Darren Rogers » 2015 Apr 03, 20:13

The ebay one at £50 looks good.
I was given an old Casella rain gauge (still has the Casella metal label on the front) a while back and it looks a bit bruised and battered, but does the job**.
So with about £40 for the measuring jar (inc Vat and p+p) you will be well kitted out.

And there is something aesthetically pleasing about using a manual gauge (and other manual instruments - what I and I'm sure many others as well, call 'going out to do the weather') which just cannot be replicated by any other means.

** the gauge went to my local primary school in the hope that they would take the readings - no joy, I'm doing it every 3-4 days and always on the 1st to get a monthly total - but apparently they are using the (my) data to create graphs, it was just meant to be the other way around.
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Cumbria (Half way between Shap and Appleby)

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Re: Copper rain gauge.

Postby Richard Hunt » 2015 Apr 03, 21:09

I totally agree with the fact that it's aesthetically pleasing to use manual instruments, I use an AWS, but only as a back up, the temp, RH, wind, rain ect are all read manually. I don't trust computers, they always fail at some point, whereas the manual instruments should last a lifetime.

I too like to go out and "do the weather" each day, I also don't mind the Stevenson screen maintenance every year either.

As for the gauge, I have a CoCorhas 4" rain gauge which is fine, but is showing it's age now, and I just thought a copper one would last longer.
COL Station: 25020.

Watson W-8681 AWS. Standard Stevenson Screen. Maximum and Minimum screen thermometers. Grass minimum thermometer.
5" Copper standard rain gauge. Roof mounted annemometer.
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Location: Hornsea, East Yorkshire. 10m AMSL

Re: Copper rain gauge.

Postby Mike Brown » 2015 Apr 04, 17:20

Without wanting to turn this into another thread, you have my vote two for manual instruments. Brings back memories amongst other things but they have always been there even when my two electronic stations failed. I did build two, one as a backup. Strange how they seem to fail both at once.
Anyway, I am glad that you finally got sorted with a raingauge, it will last a lifetime now as Stephen has suggested.

Best wishes

Mike
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