Rain, Rain, and More Rain

By: nobyter , 3:01 PM GMT on July 12, 2013

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Never fails that when it rains a lot, my rain gauge is stopped up. Today, July 12th, I decided to clean it out. I let all of the water go through the gauge to keep the rain total of the year more accurate. It looks like we had a 1.38 incher this morning, but that was over the last week and probably lost some as I think the birds were using it to bath/drink. The manual gauge on the deck is approaching 5 inches (4.75)since June 29th.

The river is up and should make the kayak and canoe paddlers happy. The water is the color of my coffee after creaming...

The garlic harvest was terrible this year as they had WAY too much rain in late May and early June. Good thing I'm not living off of garlic as this year's harvest was worse than years I grew it as a hobby.

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3. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:33 PM GMT on December 22, 2013
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2. joebimmer
10:06 PM GMT on July 24, 2013
Birdproofing cont'd:
Figured how to include photos
Two more in my Wunder Photos.
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1. joebimmer
12:31 PM GMT on July 16, 2013
Hi;

Read your blog about your rain gauge being stopped up and thought I'd share what I devised to mitigate the same problem.

Mine was always getting plugged with bird droppings. The little round strainer was okay for the few leaves that would get in, but the mockingbirds would sit on it and plug it up in a heartbeat. I was at the local airport and saw a commercial bird proof product on the rafters in some of the hangars. I looked into it and the things available were too big & too expensive. So I made my own out of stuff I had in the garage.

I cut a piece of thick walled silicon tubing to match the diameter an inch below the top of the bucket . Joined it with a short piece of dowel and punched/drilled holes every two or three inches. Into these holes I stuck ten inch long pieces of string trimmer line. Painted it white and set it on the top of the rain gauge. Haven't had a blockage in about three years now.

I have two buckets and was gonna get fancy and epoxy /glue just the string trimmer line to outer rim of the bucket and make it more permanent. But this one has stayed put through some heavy winds, so I never followed through.

I have some pics but haven't figured how to include them in the WU blog.
email me and I can send them to you -  jmbiii3atverizondotnet

Joe - Louisa, VA
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