Down she pours…

Eerie stormy skies

Eerie stormy skies

I love winter. It’s my season. I love the way the wind bites at my cheeks and the sound of rain on a tin roof/window/shearing shed/ground. It’s like music to me.

Wet roads

Wet roads

And rain it did last night! The deluge woke me at 12:15am and I was still listening to it drum steadily on the roof at 4:30am.

Squelching through the mud this morning I made my way out to the gauge. It’s a bit over grown so it’s likely not all of the rain went in!

Rain gauge

Rain gauge

The rain runs in this little hole at the top and falls into a plastic tube like below:

How we measure the rain

How we measure the rain

When I checked the gauge this morning, I can’t say I was surprised when I tipped out 42.2mm! That’s one of the biggest downpours we’ve had in years.

(Good Lord, I sound like my Papa: “Almost like the old days!”)

Being farmers, rain and weather is fairly important to us, so not only do we have a gauge outside, but a weather station and it’s readout is inside. at a glance we can see temperatures, wind speed, rainfall and so on. But let me tell you, the inside rain readings are always out by half. Not sure why, but it’s obviously not calibrated right.

Weather station

Weather station

Still, it give us an idea of what there has been – or at least, there shouldn’t be any less rain than what is displayed on screen!

Stingray Canola up and about

Stingray Canola up and about

It’s too wet to seed now – the tractors will get bogged and it’s a bit wet too do any stock for a little while.

Hmm, shame really. I had a manuscript I was supposed to be writing, didn’t I? Oh yeah, Crimson Dawn. Better get on with it!

 

 

 

 

Comments 2

  1. We have one of those electronic gauges too and it won’t even register rain at all – I tested it as well by pouring a cup full of water in it one day. Nothing. Feel let down, but at least I was able to know that it got to 46 point something degrees at one point late last year….wasn’t surprising that the men were fighting fires in that heat!

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