An open tank used to contain water for measuring the amount of evaporation. The U.S. Weather Bureau class A pan is 4 feet in diameter, 10 inches deep, set up on a timber grillage so that the top rim is about 16 inches from the ground. The water level in the pan during the course of observation is maintained between 2 and 3 inches below the rim.
an open pan of water that is subject to the same climatic conditions as a growing crop, and from which water is evaporated as a result of the climatic conditions experienced
A type of atmometer. It is a pan used in the measurement of the evaporation of water into the atmosphere. The NWS Class A pan is a cylindrical container 48 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep.
In hydrologic terms, a pan used to hold water during observations for the determination of the quantity of evaporation at a given location. Such pans are of varying sizes and shapes, the most commonly used being circular or square.
A type of evaporation gauge or evaporimeter; it is a pan used in the measurement of the evaporation of water into the atmosphere. The U.S. Weather Bureau evaporation pan (Class-A pan) is a cylindrical container fabricated of galvanized iron or other rust-resistant metal with a depth of 25.4 cm (10 in.) and a diameter of 121.9 cm (48 in.). The pan is accurately leveled at a site that is nearly flat, well sodded, and free from obstructions. The water level is maintained at between 5 and 7.5 cm (2 and 3 in.) below the top of the rim, and periodic measurements are made of the changes of the water level with the aid of a hook gauge set in the still well. When the water level drops to 17.8 cm (7 in.), the pan is refilled. Its average pan coefficient is about 0.7. See also BPI pan, Colorado sunken pan, floating pan, screened pan.