Productive Alternatives STRATUS

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 (10.2cm), rain gauge height is 14 inches (35.6cm)
  • 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 82 reviews)

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By Will
From Walnut Creek, CA
5 stars Rain Guage
Very high quality rain guage.
By brent
From lakeside, CA
5 stars sltratus rain gauge
Very good product the last one lasted 14 years
By Ray
From Moore, SC
5 stars Replacement of 10 yr. old gauge
This unit is an accurate gauge used as the reference test for my davis weather station as to when the dump bucket needs cleaning to maintain accuracy. I am replacing the old because the plastic has gotten too cloudy to view from inside the house after 10 years of weathering.
By Sandra
From Tijeras, NM
5 stars Rain gaige
I received one of the rain gauges, as a gift, and loved it. This one is for my son, as we exchange weather information almost daily.
By Arthur
From Ellington, CT
5 stars Excellent rain guage
Completely satisfied
By jim
From Hanover Township, PA
5 stars Rain Gauge
Gauge was everything I expected. I am very pleased with the fast delivery and quality of the product.
By gary
From Encinitas, CA
5 stars Very good style of rain gauge, long lasting material.
Over the past 25 years my family has been using this particular style of rain gauge at 5 different locations with great satisfaction. They do eventually become brittle because of temperature variations but 20 plus years is a good run! Customer service was great and product arrived quickly! Thanks!
By Patricia
From Albuquerque, NM
5 stars Great Product!
This is a great rain gauge! Perfect for the southwest where there isn't lots of rain. Some rain gauges are designed for lots of rain. The measurements are easy to read, in tenths of an inch. Highly recommend this product. We use it at our Nature Center in Albuquerque, and had to have one at home, too.
By Calvin
From St. Augustine, FL
5 stars Rain Gauge
The rain gauge is my go to standard. I am a retired environmental tech and I have installed hundreds of these units over the years. As for WeatherShack, they are great to do business with and treat you right. A five star company! Calvin
By Kathleen
From Middleburg, VA
5 stars Wonderful Product
Have used this product for 28 years, it is very efficent. Needed replacement, and found one with you. So good that I ordered two and sent one to a friend who was intereted in the Status Rain gauge, english Measurement
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