The most common sources of errors in official precipitation measurement come from equipment malfunction. If the tipping bucket rain gauge breaks down, then rainfall will not be measured accurately.
For weather enthusiasts who measure their own rain, common sources of error are a bad location of the rain gauge. If the gauge is situated close to buildings or under some other kind of shelter, then it will under-report rain.
20:13 EST Thousands of Tasmanians remain without power after four days of wild weather, with up to 4,500 properties blacked out and schools in several centres remaining closed today.