Letter by H C Russell, 18 May 1889

Letter by H C Russell, 18 May 1889
Letter by H C Russell, 18 May 1889

Observatory

May 18 1889

W Surfton Esquire
Hon. Secretary B. P. C

Sir

Re rain gauge

Your letter to the Post Master General dated May 11th 1889 and calling attention to the unsuitable position of the rain gauge at Bingara, I have made inquiry as to the surroundings of the rain gauge and find that they are somewhat confined, but not to such an extent as will interfere with the rain record.

The rule adopted in England and Europe generally is that a rain gauge should be at least as far from any tree or building as that object is high, and I find that this rule is satisfied at Bingara according to the official report sent to me.

As a check upon this I have compared the rainfall record at Bingara with that of a number of other rain stations near Bingara and find that it is correct and that therefore the surroundings of the rain gauge do not interfere with the accuracy.

I have the honor to be
Sir
Your obedient servant
H G Russell
Government Astronomer

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