Productive Alternatives STRATUS

Productive Alternatives STRATUS

Manual Rain/Snow 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 186 reviews)

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By Lowell
From Cottage Grove, MN
5 stars This is the best Rain Gauge!
I have not had a more accurate rain gauge than this one. Not difficult to install. Sturdy materials. Easy to use. Large volume. Even small amounts of rainfall are easy to measure. If the amount is less than an inch, it is possible to see how much there is even from a distance.
By james
From wild horse, CO
5 stars rain gauge
great service and fast
By Marie
From Houston, TX
5 stars Excellent rain gauge
Really nice rain gauge. Plus excellent service and fast delivery.
By Rita
From Longmont, CO
5 stars Great Rain Gauge
Accurately catches daily rainfall. Easy to empty.
By John
From Midland, TX
5 stars Parts available too, which is good news
Arrived in timely manner and in new condition
By Edward
From Burlington, IA
5 stars Rain guage
This is my second rain guage of this type. The first one lasted over 15 years. Am very happy that the same type was still available. It is in place and doin it's job very well.
By David
From Yuma, CO
5 stars Great product
This was exactly what I needed to replace the two gauges that I broke. it worked out great.
By Michael
From Kanata, ON
5 stars Great rain gauge
My wife thinks I'm crazy -- I love rain gauges -- but I have all my faculties when I say: this is the best I've ever seen. The numbers are easy to read. Living in Canada, the metric option was important and I'm glad it was available. Being able to measure in 0.2 mm increments is great, as is the 275 mm total capacity. The only drawback there may be is having to pour out the contents to see what amount was received when there's more than 25.4 mm. So far, I haven't had to, but I likely will at some point; it should be interesting. Bottom line: buy this rain gauge. It may be more expensive than other models, but it's worth it. You will not regret this purchase.
By Kristine
From Succasunna, NJ
5 stars Productive alternatives stratus rain guage
This is a eeplacement for one I had for years. It works well and is easy to read and empty.
By Ron
From Los Angeles, CA
5 stars Great Product
Great rain gauge. Easy to read, and a very sturdy piece of instrument.


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