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 4.8 5 stars (based on 68 reviews)

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By Patty
From Faith, SD
5 stars Rain Gauge
I love this rain gauge, easy to read, like because I can see it from the front door.
By Emma
From Sneads Ferry, NC
5 stars Rain Guage
Very sturdy and well-made. I am pleased with my order and the quality of the product. 5 stars!
By John
From Hubertus, WI
5 stars Stratus Rain Gauge
Not the flimsy toys I've used in the garden previously. High quality. Fast delivery. By US Mail, 2 days.
5 stars RAIN GUAGE
Very reliable. Easy to install and maintain.
By Dale
From Gretna, NE
4 stars Rain Gauge
This is my second rain gauge. It is accurate an extremely easy to read rainfall in 1/100 of an inch instead of 1/10 of an inch.
By Dennis
5 stars Farm Foreman
You might pay a few more dollars for this gauge, but it is well worth it. It even comes with a replacement parts list, just in case you would happen to break something, you can just replace that part.
By Tom
From Greenville, TX
5 stars Rain Gauge
Better than what I had hoped for. Solid construction. It should last a long, long time. Well priced.
By Cindy
From New Bern, NC
5 stars Stratus Rain Gauge
Works great. Good Quality and Instructions.
By Terry
From Lake Arrowhead, CA
5 stars Rain Gauge rocks!
This rain gauge is perfect for measuring both rain and snow fall. I recommend it to anyone serious about accuracy, capacity and ease of set up, use and maintenance.
By Bill
From Hebron, NY
5 stars Rain Gauge
Had one previously but UV caused the plastic to degrade and finally cracked. Lasted 8 years. Best to keep it out of the sun if possible or move it inside if no precip is expected.
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