Watonwan County rain gauge readers have been collecting data for the state climatology office in St. Paul since 1984. During this time we have averaged 20 rain gauge readers a year measuring rain and snowfall throughout the county.
The climatology office compiles these data into reports that are then used to analyze flash floods, droughts, monthly and seasonal precipitation patterns, soil moisture, and to help with wetland delineations.
The information that was gathered by these readers can be found on the on State Climatology Office website. Many of our readers also are stream monitors for the county.
HydroClim Minnesota is a monthly electronic newsletter summarizing Minnesota's climate conditions and the resulting impact on water resources.
Each volunteer reads the rain gauge daily and each month submits a report to the Watonwan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The SWCD staff records the data in the State Climatology Database.
The climatology office compiles these data into reports that are then used to analyze flash floods, droughts, monthly and seasonal precipitation patterns, and soil moisture.
The information that is collected by our volunteers can also provide information on weather conditions for legal purposes.