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Many different types of rain-gauge have been designed and used, most consisting of a circular collector, delineating the area of the sample, and a funnel that channels the collected rain into a measuring mechanism.
Blood rain is a term used when there is red-coloured rain falling from the sky, but what causes this to happen?
Freezing rain is fairly rare in the UK. When it does occur the consequences can be devastating. This case study looks at an occurrence which affected Wales, SW England and the Midlands in January 1996.
Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.
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