Comment 43072

By JoeyColeman (registered) - website | Posted July 10, 2010 at 01:09:48


"And by the way, I wouldn't pay any attention to 'amateur' rain gauges that the Spec loves to seek out for these stories. Environment Canada has professional stations that monitor rainfall all across southern Ontario. "

I use those gauges because they provide information that Environment Canada does not. If I were to only use the official rain gauge at Mount Hope airport, I would tell you that only 1.2mm of rain feel on Wednesday and that 1.2mm of rain caused flooding.

The reality is that the amateur rain gauge I cited provided a figure that was similar to radar estimates. In terms of rain fall this morning, Environment Canada's Mount Hope gauge reported 50.1 mm and 33 mm of it fell from 8 am - 2 pm today. The radar estimates showed higher amounts in the east end of Hamilton. This is why I use the amateur gauges which provide additional information to readers.

There is only one Environment Canada gauge in Hamilton - at the airport.

You are more than welcome to be skeptical - a good reader always is. As a reporter, I always work to verify the reliability of information. I hope my explaination assists you in understanding the story.

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