In this activity, students create a rain gauge to place outdoors. This can be used to measure the rate of precipitation in their neighbourhood.
Precipitation is the process occurs when water falls from clouds to the ground. It can happen as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. The rate of precipitation varies seasonally and regionally.
In Vancouver, the rainy season is winter and very little rain falls during the summer. Rain gauges are great tools to use to help monitor the changes in precipitation over time. They are used by scientists to predict how much water we will have in our reservoirs and to predict how much water we can use.