Term: Rainfall/snowfall/precipitation Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Rain, drizzle, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and hail are usually measured using the standard Canadian rain gauge, a cylindrical container 40 cm high and 11.3 cm in diameter. The precipitation is funneled into a plastic graduate that serves as the measuring device. Snowfall is the measured depth of newly fallen snow, measured using a snow ruler. Measurements are made at several points which appear representative of the immediate area, and then averaged. 'Precipitation' in Canadian Climate Normals tables is the water equivalent of all types of precipitation.  CanadaNCA