Rain Gauge


This photo was taken on August 8, 2021 at 8:20 AM,


The location was at my home in Beltsville, Maryland.


The "Take It!"  came after several years of using this as a reference point.


The path from the steps of my back porch to the gravel driveway where I usually park my car has two concrete sections.  The one closest to the steps has a set of irregular cracks in it which after a rain and having absorbed water during the downpour - have the edges of the cracks dry later than the surrounding smooth surfaced concrete.  


It is by viewing these peripheral wet places through the window in the back door, that I can estimate how long it has been since it last rained.  From this I can get a small idea of what to expect on the roadways when I take off for a trip in my car.


Little cues are many times very helpful.


Here is hoping you too, have a set of cues which you may subconsciously rely upon in addition to the wealth of information available on our phones.


All the best,



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Comments: 8
  • #1

    SF1967 (Thursday, 02 September 2021 17:57)

    I have something similar right outside my house. If I walk out and step into a puddle I know its time to turn around and grab an umbrella.

  • #2

    MHampy (Thursday, 02 September 2021 17:59)

    Lol I must say, that is a brilliant idea.

  • #3

    thatoneguy (Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:00)

    i believe this would qualify as one of those #lifehacks.

  • #4

    Gabe (Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:08)

    Your title reminded me of something my granpa built. He has all kinds of good ideas when it comes to creative problem solving so when he got to a point where he felt he couldnt drive in the rain anymore he made a really cool rain gauge. He took a big red light and attachhed it to the wall on his covered patio. The red light was attached to a wire that ran along the wall outside and into a collection cup and when it would rain the water would somehow trigger the light to turn on so if he saw red on the patio he knew to call a cab or my dad. I never understood how the water didnt short the wire...he mustve done something...but it worked.

  • #5

    xXRodriguezXx (Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:10)

    It looks like hyroglifics* or something.

    I am pretty sure I spelled that word wrong lol.

  • #6

    GpaJake (Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:11)

    Ah the things we begin to notice as we age. I keep an eye out for water when I go out too.

  • #7

    GeorgieProf (Thursday, 02 September 2021 18:14)

    Now if only I could convince the people here to do this and drive appropriately. I swear people in my county see rain and decide to drive recklessly.

  • #8

    Bruce (Friday, 03 September 2021 15:27)

    Thank you for all of your great comments - the variety of content of them was a great pleasure to read. Thank you for making my day.