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NATL Rain Data
Gainesville rains are far from spatially uniform. Data from the NATL rain gauge helps estimate NATL's soil moisture, which is important in planning controlled burns and when to water recent transplants. Rainfall data are also important to students working on research projects in NATL.
The Department of Entomology and Nematology donated a rain gauge to NATL in July 2004. This gauge, found on the west edge of the SEEP at the junction of the East and Old-Field Trails, consists of a large, metal "milk can" that funnels rainfall down into a graduated jar inside. The rainfall collected in this jar is measured and recorded on sheets, which are digitized and can be found here.
In March 2013, Dr. Mark Clark (Soil and Water Department) donated a data-logging rain gauge which records rain with a tipping bucket rainfall collector. This new gauge gives digital readings of water level and temperature, and can be found on the East Trail near the SEEP beside the original milk can rain gauge. Data collected from this rain gauge can be found here.
For more information on rainfall in NATL, contact us.
Figure 1 shows the total rainfall for July 2015 in inches per day as measured by the tipping bucket rain gauge. According to this gauge, rainfall in July 2015 totaled 3.31 inches (8.41 cm) with an average rainfall of 0.11 inches (0.27 cm) per day. This is probably due to an error in the rain gauge device. Our milk can rain gauge collected approximately 11 inches of rainfall in the month of July.
Total rainfall per day charts for past months:
- 2013: June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- 2014: January, February, (no March or April records), May, June, July, (no August-December records)
- 2015: (no January and February records), March, April, May, June