Once the exclusive domain of the gardener and farmer, rain gauges have become popular for residential yards. Fun for kids and adults alike, a decorative rain gauge can add some fun and whimsy to your yard while providing you with rainfall information.
Although you could purchase a utilitarian gauge with sensors and other weather information, most homeowners find that a basic, yet decorative, rain gauge is the way to go.
In its simplest form a decorative rain gauge will feature a base that is of a certain theme (ie., a rooster, a frog, a duck, etc.) and a small vial to collect rain. The vial will be marked with various measurements so after a rain storm you can determine exactly how much rain fell at your house. This can be useful for farmers and gardeners, of course, but also interesting and instructive for the homeowner.
Decorate rain gauges are available in a wide variety of styles. Most common is the frog themed decorative rain gauge, which might feature a frog made from polyresin or brass. The frog might be in leaping mode or sitting with his legs crossed Buddha style. These decorative rain gauges are the least expensive, almost always costing less than $10.
If you want to spend a bit more, you might choose a frog-themed decorative rain gauge that’s crafted from brass or other metal. These might cost up to $20.
Not a frog fan? There are plenty of other decorative rain gauges to choose from. How about a rooster rain gauge? Or a mermaid gauge? You might like a decorative rain gauge that’s a duck greeting your guests at the front door. These can be purchased from a wide variety of stores both online and brick and mortar.
While most decorative rain gauges sit on the ground with the glass or plastic tube sitting upright to collect water, some rain gauges sit atop a pole. These might run you a few more dollars when purchasing, but they are often the choice of the homeowner looking for the function of the rain gauge but with more decorative appeal.