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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2291–2300, 2015

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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2291–2300, 2015

Research article 04 Jun 2015

Research article | 04 Jun 2015

Evaporation from weighing precipitation gauges: impacts on automated gauge measurements and quality assurance methods

R. D. Leeper and J. Kochendorfer

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Evaporation from precipitation gauges can bias measurements lower. The use of evaporation suppressants may not always be practical, considering the added cost of maintenance, transport, and disposal of the gauge additive. In this field study, two quality assurance methods used to evaluate depth change for the US Climate Reference Network were compared. Results from this study indicate calculation techniques can reduce the impact of gauge evaporation on precipitation measurements.