rain gauge

Precipitation (Rain and Snow) Gauges
(plus evaporation pans, water-depth gauges,
snow-depth measurements, and precipitation amounts)

snow gauge

Below are checklists of precipitation (rain and snow) gauges and recipitation-related categtores on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

For rainfall/precipitation contours/maps see the other weather maps section of the Weather Maps page.

Sections/divisions of the table below
Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges
Evaporation pans
Water-depth gauges
Snow-depth measurements
Precipitation amounts


CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueType of Precipitation Measurement
Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges
Afghanistan645 (Mi764)1963Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
Afghanistan646 (Mi765)
AfghanistanC46 (Mi770)Imperforate
AfghanistanC50 (Mi774A)
iC50 (Mi774B)

Imperforate
Angola862 (Mi917)1993Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Belize972 (Mi1071)1991Rain gauge
Canada481 (Mi422)1968Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Canada481 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Canada481 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Canada481 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Rose Craft cachet)
Canada481 fdc4Stamp on FDC (different)
Canada481 fdc5Stamp on FDC (different)
Chad100 fdc (Mi115 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
China (People's Republic)367-369 fdc (Mi395-397 fdc)Cancel on FDC1958Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
China (People's Republic)460 (Mi488)1959Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
China (People's Republic)1387 (Mi1396)1978Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)1384-1388 fdcStamp on FDC
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2003Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2006Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2007Several rain gauges
China (People's Republic)NoneLetter sheet back, also front2007Rain gauges
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2009Rain gauges
China (Taiwan)3574k_2 label6 (BL? label6)Labels from MS10 (3574k_2 (a-j + 7 labels))2004Several rain gauges, including one larger gauge that may house a tipping bucket rain gauge, at Yu-Shan weather observatory (Taiwan)
China (Taiwan)3574k_2 label7 (BL? label6)Rain gauges at Lan-Yu Island weather observatory (on a small island to the southeast of Taiwan)
Congo (Republic)111 fdc (Mi42 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
CroatiaNoneCachet on WMD cover1992Rain gauge
CroatiaNoneCachet on WMD cover2001Rain gauge
Cuba1591 (Mi1665)1971Rain gauge
Cuba1589-1592 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Denmark489 fdc (Mi521 fdc)Cachet on FDC1972Funnel feeding into simple rain gauge
Falkland Islands Dependencies1L50 (Mi90)1980Rain gauge with wind screen1
Falkland Islands Dependencies1L50 reissue (Mi90 type2)1L50 reissued1985Rain gauge with wind screen1
French Southern and Antarctic Territories257k (Mi?)On stamp and in (right) margin of page from souvenir booklet of 28 (2x (257 (a-n))) with booklet cover, also booklet back, also detail1999Rain gauge
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNoneCachet (same design as 257k) on cover, also detail2000Rain gauge
Gabon170 fdc (Mi196 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Germany (East)1998 cover (Mi? cover)(Printed) cachet on cover1990Two rain gauges
GermanyNoneCancel2008Rain gauge
Great Britain (Jersey)294 (Mi287)One of booklet pane of 4 (294a (2x (293-294))) with booklet cover1982Rain gauge
Great Britain (Jersey)294 fdcStamp on FDOI postcard
Great Britain (Jersey)289-294 fdcOne of six stamps on FDC
Korea (South)321 (Mi321)1961Ancient rain gauge
Korea (South)321 essayAdopted essay
Korea (South)321 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Korea (South)321 fdc2Stamp on FDC
Korea (South)321a (BL159)Imperforate SS1 (321)
Korea (South)321a fdcImperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Korea (South)858 (Mi865)1973Ancient rain gauge
Korea (South)858 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Korea (South)858a (BL360)MS2 (2x 858)
Korea (South)1457a fdc (Mi1447-1448 fdc)Cachet on FDC1986Ancient rain gauge
Korea (South)1459 (Mi1514)One of pair (1459a (1458-1459)) (Mi1513-1514)1987Ancient rain gauge
Korea (South)2142 fdc (Mi2398 fdc)Cachet on FDC2004Ancient rain gauge
Malagasy Republic404 (Mi572)1967Rain gauge
Malagasy Republic404 proofDie proof
Malagasy RepublicC116 (Mi696)1973Rain gauge
Malagasy RepublicC116 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Mozambique1103 (Mi1185)1989Rain gauge
Mozambique1103-1106 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Namibia693 (Mi701)1991Rain gauge; "rain gauge(s)" and "rainfall [observing] stations" (in insert text)
Namibia690-693 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC, also insert
Namibia690-693 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
New Caledonia322 fdc (Mi385 fdc)Cachet on FDC1962Rain gauge
New ZealandNoneCachet on cover1961seal/walrus holding rain gauge; same design as NZ cover 1981
New ZealandNoneCachet on cover1981seal/walrus holding rain gauge; same design as NZ cover 1961
Nigeria311 essay (Mi456 essay)Essay1973Rain gauge
NorwayNonePostcard200xRain/snow gauge
Philippines922 (Mi771)1965Rain gauge
Philippines922 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Philippines922 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Philippines923 (Mi772)
Philippines923 fdcStamp on FDC
Philippines924 (Mi773)
Philippines924 fdcStamp on FDC
Philippines922-924 fdc1Three stamps on FDC
Philippines922-924 fdc2Three stamps on FDC (different)
Philippines922-924 fdc3Three stamps on FDC (different)
Philippines1069 (Mi936)922 overprinted1970Rain gauge
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1984Rain gauge
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauge(s)
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauge (upside-down reflection in sunshine recorder / heliograph)
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauges
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1994Rain gauge
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1994Rain gauge
Russia (USSR)2495 (Mi2500)1961Rain gauge
Russia (USSR)3860 cover (Mi? cover)Cachet on cover1971Alter-type wind screen1
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1976Three rain gauges, one with Alter-type wind screen1
Slovenia425 fdc (Mi312 fdc)Cancel on FDC2000Rain gauge
Sri Lanka1234 (Mi1187)1998Rain gauge
Sri Lanka1234 fdcStamp on FDC
United StatesNonePostcard~1920Rain gauge
Uganda1195 (Mi1327)1994Rain gauge
Upper Volta130 (Mi145)
i130

Imperforate
1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Upper Volta130 proofDie proof
Upper Volta130 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Upper Volta130 fdc2Stamp on FDC
Upper Volta130 fdc3Stamp on FDC (different)
Vanuatu565 (Mi889)1992Rain gauge
Vanuatu565-568 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Vietnam (South)235-238 fdc (Mi312-315 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Rain gauges
Evaporation pans
Belize972 (Mi1071)1991Evaporation pan
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2003Evaporation pan
Namibia691 (Mi699)1991Evaporation pan (upside-down reflection in sunshine recorder / heliograph)
Namibia690-693 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC, also insert
Namibia690-693 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1984Evaporation pan
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Evapotranspiration studies site
Uganda1195 (Mi1327)1994Evaporation pan
Vietnam (South)235-238 fdc (Mi312-315 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Evaporation pan
Water-depth gauges
Albania954 (Mi1080)1966Water-depth gauge (dm)
Albania1209 (Mi1337)1969Water-depth gauge (dm)
Albania1208-1210 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
France3786 (Mi?)From booklet pane of 12 (3793a (3782-3793))2010"inondation" (flood) to 5 m level on water-depth gauge
France3786 maxiMaxicard
HungaryB252 fdc (Mi2151 fdc)Cachet on FDC1965Water-depth gauge (cm)
HungaryB253 (BL49)In (left) margin of SS1Four water-depth gauges (cm)
HungaryB253 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDCWater-depth gauges (cm)
Malagasy Republic404 (Mi572)1967Water-depth gauge (dm)
Malagasy Republic404 proofDie proof
Netherlands677 (Mi1286)1986Land elevation gauge (dm) (on land that might otherwise be under water)
Netherlands999 fdc (Mi1661 fdc)Cachet on FDC1998Land elevation gauge (m) (on land that might otherwise be under water)
Netherlands999-1000 bk coverBooklet cover
Nigeria207 (Mi201)1967Levelling a (water-depth) gauge
Nigeria208 (Mi202)High water-depth record years
Poland2977 (Mi3276)1990Water-depth gauge (dm)
Poland2976-2977 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
SloveniaRA30b (Mi?)One of pair (RA30 (a-b))2005Water-depth gauge (dm)
Vietnam2339 (Mi2414)
i2339

Imperforate
1992Water-depth gauge (dm)
Vietnam2338-2339 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Snow-depth measurements
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL12 (Mi12)1966Measuring snow strata
RomaniaNonePostal card1998Measuring snow depth
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1981Snow-depth gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
Precipitation amounts
United States4066 (Mi4111)
4066_back
One of MS40 (4072a (4033-4072)), also back2006Rainiest spot in the US: Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kaua'i HI, 400 inches/year (10,000 mm/year)

1Rain and snow-depth gauge wind screens are also known as wind shields.


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