How to Measure Rain with Rain Gauges

A rain gauge is a useful weather tool that tells you how much rain has fallen right in your own backyard.

ersonal precipitation information is useful for making decisions about the amount of watering your lawn or garden requires. AcuRite rain gauges range from a simple rainfall collection device to being part of a sophisticated weather station.

To choose a rain gauge for your rain measurement needs, decide what information is important to you. Analog, or conventional, rain gauges tell you the amount of precipitation since the last time the rain gauge was emptied. Digital rain gauges include a variety of fascinating features, from daily rainfall amounts to flood alerts. A weather station collects different types of weather data, including rainfall data, and some models even allow you to access this data online or from a smartphone.

Types of Rain Gauges

analog rain gauges

Analog Rain Gauges

Analog (or manual) rain gauges typically consist of a clear acrylic or glass cylinder, usually marked in inches and centimeters or millimeters. These devices may be mounted on a fence, deck rail, post, or placed in or on the ground. They should be located in an area where they are easy to access and empty, and should not have any obstructions over them (like the leaves from garden plants!) that could impact the accuracy of the rainfall reading.

Analog rain gauges vary in size and collection capacity. Some models are a decorative accent for your outdoor living space, others include features such as a magnified measurement scale for easy reading from a distance. Analog rain gauges are inexpensive and easy to use - you simply empty the container after obtaining a measurement.

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digital rain gauges

Digital Rain Gauges

Digital rain gauges contain a rain sensor that allows for collection and analysis of precipitation data. These gauges consist of a self-emptying rain collector that transmits rain data wirelessly up to 330 ft. away to an LCD display, which you can read from the comfort of your home.<

The rain collector should be mounted to a deck railing, post, or other level surface away from obstructions such as trees or an overhanging roof. Digital rain gauges include features such as long- and short-term rainfall records, and alerts for potential flood conditions. A rain alert can remind you to bring things in from the backyard before they get soaked! A big advantage of digital rain gauges is that they are virtually maintenance-free - you never have to empty the rain collector.

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weather station rain gauges

Weather Stations with Rain Gauges

Rain data is just one of the many measurements taken by weather stations. AcuRite professional Weather Stations with Rain Gauges include all the features of digital rain gauges, and also measure temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, wind direction and generate a weather forecast.

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track rain online or with a rain app

Track Rainfall Online or with a Rain App

AcuRite’s premier Rain Monitoring Systems include an outdoor wireless sensor and the AcuLink Internet Bridge, which captures rainfall information, historical records and trends, and allows for remote monitoring online at or by using the free AcuLink Apple iOS or Android apps.

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Rain Gauge & Swivel Thermometer Combination

This combination rain gauge and thermometer features an outdoor thermometer and removable rain gauge that measures up to 8 inches of rainfall. Mounts on a sturdy 48-inch easy-stake pole. Makes the perfect garden rain gauge!



AcuRite Rain Gauges & Weather Stations

AcuRite has a full range of devices to measure rainfall, ranging from the simplest analog rain gauge to a multi-function Professional Weather Center.

16 Item(s)

Easy-Read 12.5-inch Magnifying Rain Gauge

Model: 00850A2
MSRP: $5.99

Rain Gauge with Indoor/Outdoor Temperature

Model: 01089M-bundle

MSRP: $92.97

Sale: $49.99

6-inch Glass Rain Gauge

Model: 00810A2

MSRP: $3.99

Sale: $2.99

Rain Gauge and Thermometer Garden Stake

Model: 02345A2

MSRP: $16.99

Sale: $15.99

Big-Read 27.5-inch Jumbo Rain Gauge

Model: 00853HDSBA1

MSRP: $19.99

Sale: $14.99

Rain Monitoring System with 2 Temperature and Humidity Sensors & Display

Model: 962RMS-bundle

MSRP: $185.95

Sale: $109.99

Rain Monitoring System with 2 Temperature and Humidity Sensors

Model: 926RMS-bundle

MSRP: $145.96

Sale: $99.99

7-inch Rain Gauge

Model: 00840A1
MSRP: $3.99

Rain Monitoring System with Display

Model: 942RMS-bundle

MSRP: $129.98

Sale: $99.98

Rain Monitoring System

Model: 925RMS-bundle

MSRP: $119.98

Sale: $89.99

Copper Finish Garden Rain Gauge

Model: 02353HD

MSRP: $14.99

Sale: $12.99

Easy-Read 11.5-inch Magnifying Rain Gauge

Model: 00850W4
MSRP: $5.99

Rain Monitoring System with Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Model: 943RMS-bundle

MSRP: $132.97

Sale: $94.99

6-inch Glass Rain Gauge

Model: 00805CASB
MSRP: $3.99

Easy-Read Magnifying Rain Gauge

Model: 00855CASB

MSRP: $6.99

Sale: $5.99

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