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Productive Alternatives STRATUS

Manual Rain Gauge
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Easily and accurately monitor rainfall amounts with the Productive Alternatives Stratus Professional Rain Gauge, a precision weather instrument manufactured to United States National Weather Service and Environment Canada specifications, and is used as its official gauge around the world. Professional and amateur weather observers rely on these standards for accurate rainfall reporting. Constructed of heavy-duty, UV resistant polycarbonate, the Stratus rain gauge will stand up to years of rough weather and full sun without fading or corroding.

Available with either English or Metric measurement increments (Note: Only Imperial units are shown on image. If Metric version is purchased, product shipped is Metric). A funnel top on the rain gauge catches rain and delivers it to the inner measuring tube, while the extra-large outer cylinder captures rain volumes over one inch (25 millimeters) up to 11 inches (300 millimeters), and can be detached to measure snow, hail, or sleet. The Stratus rain gauge is guaranteed accurate to 1/100th of an inch (2/10th of a millimeter)! Clear plastic construction provides a see-through design so the gauge is very easy to read. Installing the rain gauge on a post (away from buildings and trees) is easy with its exclusive "Quick Connect" bracket, which lets you quickly remove the cylinder for easy measurement or cleaning (and there are no metal parts to rust!). Includes rain gauge (funnel, inner measuring tube and overflow tube), post mounting bracket and hardware, one-year daily precipitation log, and detailed instructions.

This is the offical rain gauge for CoCoRaHS, a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, their aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. CoCoRaHS is now the largest provider of daily precipitation observations in the country. Please click Information about CoCoRaHS to learn more.

It's easy to join, takes only five minutes a day and is a fun way to learn about this wonderful natural resource that falls from the sky. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives. How often have you seen it rain in your neighborhood and a few blocks away not a drop has fallen? Participating in this program will provide an ever clearer picture of the amount of precipitation that falls in our backyards. To sign-up as a volunteer observer and become part of CoCoRaHS expanding network, please click Join the CoCoRaHS Network.


  • Designed to U.S. National Weather Service & Environment Canada Standards
  • Constructed of heavy-duty clear UV resistant polycarbonate that won't fade even after years in the sun
  • English (Imperial) Version
    • Measures a full 11.00 inches of total precipitation
    • Inner measuring tube has a capacity of 1.00 inch and is graduated in one hundredth of an inch increments
  • Metric Version
    • Measures a full 300 millimeters of total precipitation
    • Inner measuring tube has a capacity of 25 millimeters and is graduated in two tenths of a millimeter increments
  • Rainfall exceeding inner tube capacity flows into the outer cylinder
  • Funnel and measuring tube are removed for collecting hail, sleet or snow
  • Frozen precipitation can be melted then emptied into the measuring tube to measure the moisture content
  • Funnel opening diameter is 4 inches (10.16cm), rain gauge height is 14 inches (35.56cm)
  • Easy to install quick-connect bracket lets you quickly remove cylinder for measurement or cleaning
  • Comes with a free one year log sheet for recording rainfall data
  • English (Imperial) Version
    • Inner tube capacity: 1.00 inch of precipitation
    • Total rainfall capacity: 11.00 inches of precipitation
  • Metric Version
    • Inner tube capacity: 25 millimeters of precipitation
    • Total rainfall capacity: 300 millimeters of precipitation


  • 4.25" wide x 14.0" tall (108mm x 356mm)
Rain Gauge Placement, Installation & Use



Average Customer Rating 4.9 5 stars (based on 114 reviews)

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By George
From Jones, OK
5 stars Stratus rain gauge
Was looking for the most accurate rain gauge I could find without paying 400 dollars. It appears I found it. Recent Mesonet concur.
By Marta
From Mayhill, NM
5 stars Very Satisfied with Rain Gauge
We have owned this rain gauge in the past and finally found another one at Weather Shack. The service was incredible and we love this rain gauge. It is so easy to read and is very durable.
By gwenry
From podunk, DC
4 stars rain gauge
works well
By Paul
From Clear Lake, WI
4 stars Rain Gauge
It's nice to have a new one after using the older same kind of rain gauge for many years. It is fine and is very clear to read. Paul
By John
From Calgary, AB
5 stars Exactly as advertised
Easy installation and good accuracy.
By Jill
From Augusta, KS
5 stars My mistake
I completely misread the description and thought it measured 11 inches not 1 inch so I can't use the product.
By Thomas
From El Paso, TX
5 stars Why a rain gauge?
Perfectly designed to measure the sparse rainfall in West Texas.
By John
From Horseshoe Bend, AR
5 stars Rain Gauge
I am completely satisfied with my rain gauge as it measures to the .01 of an inch which is very accurate.
By Nancy
From Jasper, MN
5 stars Alternatives Stratus Rain Gauge
I don't think you can find a better rain gauge then this anywhere.
By Richard
From Waynesboro, VA
5 stars Rain Gauge


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