Would you like to collect precipitation data and receive a free high-quality rain gauge? Central Platte NRD is looking for new cooperators for the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment & Information Network (NeRAIN). Tom Backer, projects assistant, will provide training and assistance.

Current Cooperators: Central Platte NRD has replacement gauges if you need a new gauge.

NeRAIN is designed to get citizens involved with monitoring weather across the state. The network consists of several hundred volunteers that spend a few minutes each day recording precipitation measurements and uploading them to the NeRAIN website.

As a NeRAIN volunteer, you will receive a large clear plastic gauge. The gauge should be placed in an area that is protected from strong winds but not bothered by obstacles that could either block precipitation from reaching the gauge or cause precipitation to splash towards it. For example, an ideal location would be a small open meadow surrounded by forest, or an open back yard not too close to buildings or trees.

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources operates the website. NeRAIN data is updated daily and transmitted to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), an international database for precipitation and weather events. It’s available for public access and provides decision-making information for agriculture, industry, home water use, utility providers, insurance companies, resource managers, and educators.

Record data and learn more details about NeRAIN at

Rain gauges have been provided to NeRAIN volunteers using funding by Natural Resources Districts, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Your CPNRD contact: Tom Backer (308) 385-6282 or