Rainfall (mm) in 2020 – R343, Kenton on Sea, RSA (Year total: 646 mm)
This rain record (scroll to the bottom of the page) was compiled by averaging data gathered from Beehaven cottage, Beehaven farm, Kurmark and Bushwillow (R343, Kenton on Sea; Bushmans-side and Kariega side).
The weather record (rain and temperature) is an excellent practical exercise for our children; it is inexpensive to get a rain gauge and outdoor thermometer and they are easy to install. It covers natural science, social science, maths and life skills, with data gathering, -processing and -reporting skills (including computer program skills), seasons, weather, climate and climate change. Moreover, it can be combined with ecosystems, farming/ permaculture, technology and languages.
I am excited to be able to continue collaborating with Bushwillow through the weather record project. I will keep a weather record in Europe, and this data can also be used in the school to compare weather patterns, climates and northern- and southern hemisphere seasons. If you are interested in this interactive, interdisciplinary and collaborative global project, please find more information about installing a rain gauge and thermometer below, as well as some website links.
We have a weather record WhatsApp group where data and information can be shared, and I developed an excel file where the data can easily be entered and processed. Once the equipment is installed, all you need is a daily routine with the children (life skills!) to check the thermometer first thing in the morning and at noon, and the rain gauge when it has been raining, and share the data on the group, and/or enter it in the excel file.
The more people join in, the better the weather record will be. Feel free to contact me anytime. Yvonne 072 514 3716 (Teacher Y). I will donate my rain gauge (with pole) and thermometer to the person who contacts me first with serious intent to work together with Bushwillow on a weather record.
Tips to set up and use a rain gauge in the garden:
- Set up the rain gauge on the end of a pole so that the collector funnel is about a metre off the ground.
- Keep the rain gauge level (horizontal).
- Place the gauge well away from other objects (buildings, fences, trees) and avoid overhanging foliage. Open areas like a lawn are ideal.
- Empty after each measurement and keep track. Clean it if dirt gets inside or algae are growing.
How to install and use an outdoor thermometer:
- Mount it at a place that is sheltered against rain and sun, but has enough airflow, for example, a (north-facing) wall on the veranda that doesn’t get any sun or only sun after 3 PM or in the shade of a tree.
- Place it at eye-height.
- Take two readings: one in the morning around sunrise, and one between noon and 2 PM (write down the times of the reading).
- Bonus: Make notes about weather patterns (wind direction and speed, cloud cover, sudden weather changes).