VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE WEATHER STATION
TIPPING BUCKET RAINGAUGE
The tipping bucket raingauge pictured here is not used for routine weather records. It is mainly used to demonstrate the principle of a tipping bucket mechanism to students, but is sometimes used to check the accuracy of the optical rainfall sensor linked to the automatic weather station. Rainwater entering the gauge fills one half of a pair of pivotted buckets which then tips sending a signal which registers as 0.2mm on a display unit inside the station office.
Most automated weather stations use the tipping bucket raingauge to record rainfall and was used at Pitsford Hall prior to the installation of the more accurate optical rainfall sensor.