Copper Rain Gauge

This cool rain gauge employs Archimedes' principle of water displacement in an original outdoor accent.

$45.00

Have Your Fill of Physics

The idea for this curious precipitation collector all started thousands of years ago with the simple question: "Is all that glitters gold?"

Posed by Ancient Greek King, Hiero II, to resident smarty-pants, Archimedes of Syracuse, the answer would change the world of physics, forever. Archimedes was summoned to ensure that the king's solid gold crown contained no lesser metals. The laurel-shaped headdress puzzled the thinker, since he did not know how to measure the crown's volume without damaging it.

Later, when he took to his tub he noticed that the water level rose as he entered the water and it lowered back down when he lifted himself back out. He suddenly realized how he could measure the volume of crown. According to legend, he leapt from his tub and ran through the streets of Sicily nude shouting "Eureka!" (Greek for "I found it!")

Centuries later, the World's Coolest Rain Gauge turns Archimedes' fantastically fun principle of water displacement into a refreshingly original lawn or garden accent. As the water flows into the copper collection flue, the buoyant, foam tube sealed inside rises to show water accumulation. Attractive and informative, this nifty pluviometer makes your backyard a little more interesting. Made in New Paltz, New York.

Made in the USA
Made from
copper, polycarbonate
Measurements
Stake: 24" H; Gauge: 6" H x 3" Dia.
Care
Occasionally clean the tube and flute with warm soapy water and a bottle brush. Do not use lubricants or abrasives.
Notes
Maximum capacity of gauge is 5.5 inches.
Item ID
21517

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UncommonGoodsCopper Rain Gauge
 
4.7

(based on 192 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (161)
  • Visible at A distance (119)
  • Easy to secure (115)
  • Weather proof (115)

Cons

  • Deteriorates/rots (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (132)
  • Back yard (123)
  • Front yard (84)
  • Porch (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (125), Budget shopper (25), High-end shopper (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (126), No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Cool

My husband is kind of a weather geek. Not scientific or exact by any means, but he likes to keep track of the monthly and annual rainfall, snowfall, temperatures, etc. Read complete review

My husband is kind of a weather geek. Not scientific or exact by any means, but he likes to keep track of the monthly and annual rainfall, snowfall, temperatures, etc.

I can't tell you how many rain gauges we have been thru, because he insists on keeping them out year round. The glass or plastic gauge ends up breaking, or blowing away.

I wanted to get him a nice looking (not too girly, no frogs, flowers, birds, etc), sturdy, unbreakable rain gauge for Christmas. I did a Google search for "unbreakable rain gauge, and Uncommon Goods popped up.

It is REALLY nice looking, substantial, not at all flimsy. LOVE LOVE LOVE that it is made in the US, and in our neighboring county, no less!! Shop Local!!!

I also love the story behind it. That would be the one suggestion I have is to include the story on a postcard with the rain gauge. I copied and printed it onto a nice piece of stationary, rolled it into a scroll, tied a piece of ribbon around it, and put it in the box with the rain gauge.

I gave one to my husband and my Dad for Christmas. They both loved them, and enjoyed reading the history behind it. GREAT GIFT!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks great but can't stand the heat

We bought two of these because the design is so nice. We live in hot hot Texas and the mechanism that causes the gauge to float so you can read the rain level deteriotes...Read complete review

We bought two of these because the design is so nice. We live in hot hot Texas and the mechanism that causes the gauge to float so you can read the rain level deteriotes and gets stuck so it stops working. We bought two replacement tubes and they didn't last more than a few months. So, if you don't live in extreme heat, it's the most elegant looking rain gauge I've ever seen. When it works, it's great. It's just too expensive for something that doesn't last.

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3.0

Had to return for poor copper quality but otherwise loved it

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from Hoffman Estates IL

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Secure
  • Visible At A Distance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

  • Not happy with the quality of the copper tube

Best Uses

  • Back Yard
  • Front Yard
  • Garden

Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

A very cool idea and concept--still love the product even though I had to return it

Service and delivery comments:

Fast delivery

 
5.0

Easy to read and stylish

By 

from Des Moines, IA

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Secure
  • Visible At A Distance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

    Looks good. Works great. And has almost instant patina.

     
    5.0

    Perfect Gift for Mother and Father

    By 

    from Colorado

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

      I purchased this rain gauge for my mom for Christmas. She is a gardener and has a beautiful yard. She is a little difficult to shop for since she is in the downsizing stage, so gifts need to be useful as well as stylish. She and my step-father loved the way it looked and said that it is very accurate as well. I was so happy that she liked it, I purchased one for my father, for Fathers day.

       
      5.0

      Lovely in Backyard Garden

      By 

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Visible At A Distance
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Yard
        • Garden

        Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

        We set it up in the backyard between flowers.... My Dad can stand in his back porch and clearly read it!

         
        5.0

        Lovely!

        By 

        from North Carolina

        About Me Budget Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Visible At A Distance
        • Weather Resistant

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Front Yard
          • Garden

          Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

          Really works! Markings are easy to read.

           
          5.0

          Great Rain Gauge!

          By 

          from Parker, TX (Dallas area)

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Secure
          • Very cool
          • Visible At A Distance
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

          • Inside of blue tube goes bad, but replaceable

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Garden
          • Porch

          Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

          This is one of the coolest rain gauges I have ever seen.

           
          5.0

          Good looking and good quality

          By 

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Secure
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

            My mom loves the modern look of this, and said she could tell right away that it's good quality and will last a long time.

             
            5.0

            A very nice and unusual gift.

            By 

            from Tennessee

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Secure

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Garden

              Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

              I bought it for a gift.

               
              5.0

              Father's Day Present

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              from WI

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Secure

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back Yard
                • Front Yard
                • Garden

                Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

                My dad loves to tinker with things so this is perfect! Since the day after he received it he was already giving me daily updates on how much rain he got the day before! He loves it!

                 
                5.0

                My parents love it!

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                from parents in Landisville, PA

                About Me Midrange Shopper

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Secure
                • Visible At A Distance
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Porch

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

                  Mom said it is almost too beautiful to use

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