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“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

It’s raining it’s pouring…….

Well I saw the weather this morning as I dropped my son off to school and then drove into work and knew immediately what we would start doing this afternoon. I found some great ideas online for building a weather station, so we are going to make a few instruments needed to start observing the weather over the next few days. Today it is a rain gauge, for this we followed the instructions on the Met Office website (a fantastic informative site for all things weather related).

As the rain had stopped by the time we returned home at 3.45pm we decided to sit outside and make the rain gauge. It was quite breezy and chilly, so my son decided he needed a small blanket to cover his legs as he sat on the patio 🙂

What you will need:

  • An empty plastic bottle (2 litre fizzy drink bottle would be ideal)
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  1. Cut around the plastic bottle about two thirds of the way up.

2. Turn the top part of the bottle upside down and place it inside the bottom part – fix it in place using the tape.

3.  Make a scale in centimetres on a piece of tape, using a ruler, and fix it to the side of your bottle.

4.  Find a place outside to put your rain gauge. It must be open and away from trees.

We now need to check it every day at the same time, measure the amount of rain collected, and empty then bottle.

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