Weather Experiments for Kids


When It Rains, It Pours
Gather information with a simple rain gauge in your own back yard.
Gather information with a simple rain gauge in your own back yard.
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"When it rains, it pours," so the saying goes. This weather experiment teaches kids to gauge just how much rain is pouring down in their neighborhood.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic measuring cup or rain gauge
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil

The next time it looks like rain, place a measuring cup or rain gauge (available at most home and gardening stores) in a clear spot in your yard. Be sure to secure it by anchoring it in the ground or surrounding it with gravel so it doesn't tip over before you gather your information.

Watch the clock and make a note of how many ounces of rain you collect every two hours. Do the same during the next storm -- and the next.

Now compare your figures to calculate whether it pours when it rains, or just gets things a little damp.

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