The 52202, manufactured by R. M. Young, is a thermostat-controlled, electrically heated, tipping bucket rain gage. You can use it to measure rain, snow, and other frozen precipitation. Its catchment area of 200 cm2 and measurement resolution of 0.1 mm meet the recommendations of the WMO. This heated rain gage is compatible with most Campbell Scientific dataloggers, and it is used in environmental monitoring applications.Read More
The 52202 funnels precipitation into a bucket mechanism that tips when filled to the calibrated level. Each tip is marked by a magnetic reed switch closure that is recorded by a Campbell Scientific datalogger pulse count channel.
The 52202 has a thermostat-controlled internal heater that melts snow or other frozen precipitation. This heater requires a reliable source of 24 Vac power. A wall transformer is shipped with the 52202 that plugs into a wall socket to provide the required 24 Vac power.
|Sensor Type||Tipping bucket with magnetic reed switch (normally open)|
|Resolution||0.1 mm (0.004 in.)|
|Operating Temperature Range||-20° to +50°C (heated)|
|Humidity Range||0 to 100%|
|Power||18 W @ 24 Vac (for heater only)|
|Heater Thermostat Set Point||10°C ±3°C|
|Contact Rating||24 Vac/dc (400 mA maximum)|
|Mounting||Standard 1 in. pipe size, 34 mm (1.34 in.) outer diameter|
|Catchment Area||200 cm2 (31 in.2)|
|Orifice Diameter||16 cm (6.3 in.)|
|Diameter||18.5 cm (7.3 in.)|
|Height||30 cm (11.8 in.)|
|Power Plug Weight||0.43 kg (0.95 lb)|
|Weight||1.16 kg (2.55 lb)|
The 52202 is shipped with a mounting pipe. The rain gage clamps onto this pipe, which is then fastened to a crossarm using the CM220 Right-Angle Mounting Kit, or mounted onto the top of a tripod using the CM216 Sensor Mounting Kit.
Campbell Scientific offers the 260-953 Wind Screen to help minimize the affect of wind on the rain measurements. This wind screen consists of 32 leaves that hang freely and swing as the wind moves past them.
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Follow the steps listed in the “Troubleshooting” section of the 52202-L Instruction Manual.
These rain gages can be connected to either.
Not registering any tips, missing tips, or double tips.
If data is not being logged correctly, there are two likely causes:
Not enough tips or too many tips.
The 260-953 Alter-type rain gage wind screen consists of 32 heavy metal leaves that hang freely and swing as the wind moves past them. The swinging leaves act as a wind damper and help minimize the effect of wind on the rain measurements without adding additional turbulence.
When a rain gage is out of calibration, it is usually because of the buildup of dirt and grime on the internal surfaces of the tipping bucket mechanism. Cleaning the internal surfaces usually brings the rain gage back into calibration. It is also possible that a rain gage is out of calibration because it is no longer level.
To minimize the possible occurrence of calibration errors, perform routine cleaning and maintenance of the rain gage at least once every three months. The environmental conditions at a particular site may require a facility to perform cleaning, leveling, and maintenance on a much more frequent schedule.
The most common errors are either that the rain gage appears to have drifted out of calibration or that the tips are not being correctly recorded by the datalogger.