Gauging the rain

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Residents north of I-40, where several say their gauges measured six inches of rain, would probably take issue with the Agricultural Science Center’s readings.

Variations are expected, said Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist at the center.

“Rainfall is extremely variable in the area,” Lauriault said. In fact, the center has two other gauges, each in a different location, that often provide the center with three different readings.

But only one of the gauges is used by the center for official record keeping and reporting, he said. It is the one that has, for close to 100 years, been used to report rainfall to the National Weather Center.

Its location is used so that no variables are introduced into the long-term reporting, Lauriault said.