Make A Rain Gauge Weather Science Experiment
In this fun and easy science experiment, we’re going to explore and investigate weather by making a rain gauge.
Important: Adult supervision and assistance is required.
- 2 liter clear plastic soda bottle
- X-acto knife
- Remove the label from a clear plastic 2 liter soda bottle.
- Have an adult cut the top section off of the 2 liter soda bottle.
- Now invert the top and place it inside the base. This will create a funnel to collect the water.
- You may want to secure the funnel top to the base with paper clips.
- Set your rain gauge outside in an area that is unobstructed from above.
- You will need to secure your gauge with something that will keep the wind from tipping it over.
- At a specific time each day, collect you rain gauge and measure the amount of water in retains. You may want to use a graduated cylinder for the most accurate measurements.
How it Works:
A rain gauge is a device that simply captures rain so it can be measured. A more technical explanation is that a rain gauge is a meteorological instrument for determining the depth of precipitation that occurs over a specific area so that the amount of rainfall can be measured.
Make This A Science Project:
Try this experiment with several different types, sizes, and shapes of bottles and collection devices and see if you get similar measurements of rainfall.