Looking through this months records on my station we haven’t had any significant rain since the first of March when we picked up just over an inch of rain. Last month in comparison we had 5.22 inches on the 19th through the 21st. This brings us to 8.22 Inches for the year. Most of the snow we have had is from Lake effect which the was dry powdery type with little water content. I installed my official CoCoRaHS rain gauge yesterday. It will be interesting to see how that compares to the digital gauge on my weather station. My CoCoRaHS number is MI-AN-27 in south eastern Allegan County. As you can see in the map below there is a big void in the southwest and central portion of the county. Here is the daily precipitation map for the state.
The rain gauge can be purchased at Weather For You for $31.50.
|When installing the rain gauge it is important to consider its location. The gauge should be placed in an area that is protected from strong winds but is not bothered by obstacles that could either block precipitation from reaching the gauge or cause precipitation to splash towards it. For example, an ideal location would be a small open meadow surrounded by forest, or an open back yard not too close to buildings or trees.
The gauge should be installed 2-5 feet above the ground mounted on the side of a single post. The top of the rain gauge should extend several inches above the top of the mounting post. The mounting post should have a rounded, pointed, or slanted top to avoid upward splash towards the rain gauge.
The rain gauge should be installed at a reasonable distance away from obstacles such as buildings and trees. For example, if a tree is 40ft. tall (taller than a two story house) the gauge should be placed at least 80ft. downwind from it. This will help avoid potential blockage of the rain gauge. It is not always possible to find a perfect location. When in doubt, do your best.
The storm system with passed to our south is gone and we should see the skies clear today.
High pressure will result in plenty of sunshine today, although it will continue to feel cool with highs in the lower 40s and a brisk east wind. The high will move off to the east tonight and Monday will bring a southerly flow of air to the region. Monday will be dry, but rain will be spreading into the Southwest corner of the state around sunset. Rain showers are expected from Monday evening through Tuesday evening. Many areas will see a soaking rain during this time frame. Highs on Monday will push to near 50 degrees. Tuesday readings will rise into the 50s.
The NAM is showing close to an inch of rain for southwest Michigan (featured image), so all the bulbs trying to grow out in the flower beds should enjoy the rain.
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