Below you can find a little program to calculate the amount of rain water (precipitation) that will fall on a certain surface (your roof or premises). The amount is indicated in m3 (=1000 liters, for US/UK units click here). Also you can add the cost of mains or tap water per M3 to evaluate the cost savings per year if this rainwater is collected and used instead of drinking water.
The first rain gauge dates back to India, 2000 years age (400 BC). The Indians designed a measuring instrument for rain to decide how many seeds they had to plant. Nowadays the whole world measures rainfall. The most wettest place in the world is Mount Wai-'ale-'ale in Hawaii. The rainfall there is 11455 mm per year. Cherrapungi in the foothills of the Himalayas once recorded at incredible 26461 mm per year. The most rain in less than an hour was recorded at Holt, Montana USA received 305 mm of rain in only 42 minutes, on the 22nd June 1947. The highest rainfall per year was recorded at 26 461.2 mm (1041.78''), in Cherrapunji, India, 01 AUG 1860 to 31 JUL 1861.
Find more on http://www.onlineweather.com/v4/data/weatherfacts/rainfall.html.
On islands it generally rains more than on continental lands. It rains less in the middle east. In the tropical forests it rains a lot. It rains the least in The Western Sahara. Generally speaking it rains the most in South America, followed by East Asia, North America, West Asia, Africa and Europe. Here is a small table of yearly precipitation of some countries:
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If your country is not mentioned above, you can find it in http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/~timm/climate/cty_new/obs.wei.clim.pre.agg.
You can find the rainfall in Europe at http://www.uni-koeln.de/math-nat-fak/geomet/meteo/winfos/precieuropa.gif. This gives the rainfall of the last six hours.
For the Dutch, here are some specifications:
|January||2,8°C||5,2°C||0,0°C||67 mm||68 hour|
|February||3,0°C||6,1°C||-0,1°C||48 mm||49 hour|
|March||5,8°C||9,6°C||2,0°C||65 mm||67 hour|
|April||8,3°C||12,9°C||3,5°C||45 mm||44 hour|
|May||12,7°C||17,6°C||7,5°C||62 mm||40 hour|
|June||15,2°C||19,8°C||10,2°C||72 mm||45 hour|
|July||17,4°C||22,1°C||12,5°C||70 mm||37 hour|
|Augustus||17,2°C||22,3°C||12,0°C||58 mm||31 hour|
|September||14,2°C||18,7°C||9,6°C||72 mm||48 hour|
|October||10,3°C||14,2°C||6,5°C||77 mm||57 hour|
|November||6,2°C||9,1°C||3,2°C||81 mm||70 hour|
|December||4,0°C||6,4°C||1,3°C||77 mm||68 hour|
The average weather in De Bilt per month over 1971-2000
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