How much rain is really falling when you watch a heavy shower through the window of your home? How about on other days when it’s just a light shower?
Find out by making your own rain gauge, recording the results and studying your findings.
Make a Rain Gauge
What you'll need:
Rain falls into the top of the gauge and collects at the bottom, where it can be easily measured. Try comparing the amount of rain to the length of time the shower lasted, was it a short and heavy rain shower or a long and light one?
If you want to get serious you can graph the rainfall over weeks or even months, this is especially interesting if the place you live experiences varying seasons where sometimes it is very dry and other times it is very wet.