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Strange, all 3 of my glass rain gauges broke

 
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in or during the storm last night.  It could have been an animal?  As the rain gauges survived about 6 months.   Now have one plastic one as of today.
 
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Did they freeze and crack?
 
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Good question Mike.
Frozen water expands.
 
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In Wisconsin, Mike knows all about freeze and crack !
 
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Yup, not saying that's what happened but my rain gauges spend 7+ months of the year in the shed.
 
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We get sudden thermals here sometimes that stress the glass so much it just shatters, but if that had happened in your location you would have noticed so I’m thinking no. I’ll bet you the gauges got water in them somehow—maybe from melting snow—it froze and broke the gauges, then melted and drained away. We always put ours away when it starts getting frosty, just in case.
 
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One sort of cracked in half, but each one had bottom 'cut off' in pieces, there were no freezing temps just extreme wind and rain.  Some of the plastic holding the glass tube was also damaged.
 
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Sounds like hail stone damage to me.
 
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A little frozen water can pop the bottoms off as the glass is really thin.
 
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Now have a plastic one in a V shape so frozen will do no damage...
 
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I've had plastic ones crack too  But they weren't excessively tapered, just a couple of degrees of angle.
 
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Happy so  far with one plastic one that looks like a V shape.
 
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