Friday, February 25, 2011

The rain gauge mystery

There was .7 inches of rain in my rain gauge yesterday morning. I didn’t empty it because there was more rain coming and I wanted to know the total rainfall from this weather event.

Last night, peering at it from inside the garage while rain poured down, it was somewhere around 1.2 inches. I didn’t empty it.

This morning there is .1 – yes, 1/10 of an inch – of water in the gauge.

It’s not possible for that much water to evaporate overnight, so the only other answer I can think of is that someone emptied it.

But who? And why?

One of the neighbor boys showed some mild interest in it some months ago, but it seems unlikely that he could do it without being noticed by his eagle-eyed mother.


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