Story: Weather forecasting

Rain gauge (1st of 2)

Rain gauge

In the early 20th century New Zealand had more than 200 rain-gauge stations. Many of these were cobbled together out of available resources. The Waipawa rain gauge, shown here about 1930, consisted of a funnel and an empty whisky bottle mounted on a fence post.

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Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather forecasting - Early forecasting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016