Precipitation Gage

precipitation gage

[prə‚sip·ə′tā·shən ‚gāj]
Any device that measures the amount of precipitation; principally, a rain gage or snow gage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Precipitation Gage


(also rain gage), an instrument for measuring liquid and frozen precipitation. The precipitation gage designed by V. D. Tret’iakov consists of a container—40 cm high and with a collecting area of 200 sq cm—to collect precipitation and a protective shield to prevent the catch from being blown away. A precipitation gage is mounted with the collecting area of the container 2 mm above the ground. A graduated cup is used to measure the amount of precipitation in millimeters depth of water; frozen precipitation is measured after melting.


Sternzat, M. S. Meteorologicheskie pribory i nabliudeniia. Leningrad, 1968.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Also, a 168-station network of weighing-recording precipitation gages was installed (Nicks 1971).

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