Rain Gage Network
The City's rain gage network can be accessed by visiting MISSION Communications and entering:
Site Navigation Tips: Once you are logged in to the webpage, go to the folders on the left-hand side of the webpage. Open Data, then Rainfall. Under the Rainfall folder, view the Table to see the most recent data for all the gages. Click on a particular gage to see historic data (click on Last 12 Months or All Data at the top of the page). To see daily totals, click on Calendar under the Rainfall folder.
Rain Gage Network Facts
- Number of gages: 36 (Twenty gages were installed in 2006 and an additional 18 installed in 2011)
- Funding: The equipment cost was jointly funded by a grant from Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, and funding from Stormwater Engineering, Clean Water Services, and Greene County Resource Management. The ongoing annual service fee cost is shared by Stormwater Engineering and Clean Water Services.
- Gage type: The gages are tipping bucket style gages with a solar-powered transmitter that utilizes the digital control channel of the cellular communications network to transmit the data to a webpage in 15-minute increments when it has rained at least 0.01" in that 15-minute period. The data transmission is near real-time, displaying on the webpage with an approximate 3-5 minute delay. The gages report in once/day when no rainfall has occurred.
Current and Potential Uses
- Providing rainfall data for the City's MS4 Permit Monitoring Program
- Establishing long-term rainfall data for statistical analysis
- Evaluating flooding from individual storm events
- Evaluating Infiltration/Inflow and sanitary sewer overflows
- Potentially improving flood warning system response time in the urban area
- Potentially issuing flood warnings for specific watersheds and streams
- Public education/outreach tool at schools with gages and for the general public