I don't know why this squirrel loved the rain gauge so much. It looked like the start of a great friendship, but alas...it was not to be. I became suspicious after a major rain event left the field marshy, and the creek swollen and turbulent, while the gauge attempted to convince me that the precipitation amount was somewhat less than 0.1 inch.
Upon closer examination, a crack was discovered. Unacceptable for a pair of weather geeks. (Yes, we've blown out a set of stereo speakers while listening to The Weather Channel. Hasn't everyone?) The yellow rain gauge has been discarded and replaced with a proper weather station.
We. Have. Data. We've got rainfall, barometric pressure, air speed and direction, outdoor AND indoor temperature, relative humidity, dew point..... I'm getting dizzy.