Rain Gauge Network
In 1997, eleven telemetry-equipped rain gauges were installed. The primary purpose of these rain gauges was to provide real-time data for emergency response support. The majority of these rain gauges were installed at MSD facilities located throughout Jefferson County. For the purposes of emergency response support, these rain gauges performed adequately. However, with the implementation of the Real Time Control (RTC) project, these telemetered rain gauges did not meet the requirements of the RTC. Their geographic distribution and the telemetry system used at the time were deemed insufficient to provide the needed information in a timely manner. In order to meet the goals of the RTC project and to provide even better emergency response support, the telemetered rain gauge system needed to be updated.
In Spring of 2003, fifteen new telemetry-equipped rain gauges were installed throughout Jefferson County. This updated rain gauge system serves two primary functions – to calibrate weather service NEXRAD radar with rain gauge data, and to provide rainfall predictions at least two hours in advance. This information will be utilized by both MSD’s RTC project and for emergency response preparation. The new rain gauge network also provides a better geographical coverage of Jefferson County.
Further Expansion of the
Rain Gauge Network
How Do Telemetered Rain
The database is read by the “Rainfall Conditions” Internet application, which displays the results on your screen. Please use the “Query” and “Report” buttons to get more specific and/or historic data about a specific rain gauge or for rainfall data during a different time period. There is also data from MSD’s non-telemetered rain gauges in the database but the data is not as current.
The general location of the telemetered rain gauges is shown on the map below
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Potempa.
February 01, 2012