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Offline n7qnm

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Rain Gauge heater for 5-n-1
« on: December 02, 2019, 07:34:58 PM »
Has anyone hacked up a heater for the rain gauge in a 5-n-1?   I'm in an area where we get a fair amount (over 70" last year; but that was an anomaly - typically 1-3" inches in a storm, and 10-20 storms/season) of snow and I'd like to get an accurate reading on the water content.

I'm thinking (w/o a LOT of research, but some) that a couple of 5 W resistors strategically placed (and externally powered) would probably generate enough heat, but would like some confirmation on that and some thoughts on placing the resistors, or, if someone has tried heating tape, or some other solution, or if it's waste of time to consider because of the proximity of the temperature sensors.

Offline nincehelser

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Re: Rain Gauge heater for 5-n-1
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2019, 07:49:31 PM »
I've heard of a few people attempting heater tape, but no reports back on how effective it is or if it impacts the temp sensor.

A more popular tact is to just cover up the bowl for the winter months, and measuring snow and ice the old fashioned way.

Offline n7qnm

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Re: Rain Gauge heater for 5-n-1
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 12:05:54 PM »
Yeah - but, the whole assembly is 25' in the air, which makes covering kinda difficult.  I'm actually thinking about going to a separate rain gauge, like one of the RainWise units that I can mount on an accessible rooftop.

 

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