About 121mm of rain has fallen in Pretoria in the past 24 hours, the SA weather service has said.
“For today we are expecting between 5-10mm of rain,” said forecaster Kgolofelo Mahlangu.
Ever wondered how much rainfall you get in your area in one day, month or year?
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The best way is to put a rain gauge in your garden to measure the rainfall in your area.
The ecology centre has provided a simple DIY rain gauge.
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“Making one at home is easy, and nearly free. Once in place, use your rain gauge to discover how much rain you receive,” said the centre.
You will need:
- A 1 litre plastic water bottle
- A sharp knife
- A ruler and a pen/marker
- Using a sharp knife, cut the cylindrical part of the neck of the 1-litre plastic water bottle off.
- Invert the top to make a funnel. This funnel will prevent evaporation of water.
- Using your ruler and pen, place a mark every 1/2 inch on the bottle. These will allow you to measure how much rain you received.
- An empty plastic bottle, being light, will fall down or fly away in the slightest breeze. Dig a hole and bury the lower end of the bottle in the ground. This will anchor the bottle in place.
- After it rains, head outside and check your gauge! Record your results.
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