Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge

52202 / 52203

The YOUNG Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge meets the specifications of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Unheated (recommended cable: 18641)52203$516.00
Unheated; SS Housing (recommended cable: 18641)52203-20$546.00
Heated 120V/60hz (recommended cable: 18641-Signal, 18641-Heater)52202$672.00
Heated 120V/60hz; SS Housing (recommended cable: 18641-Signal, 18641-Heater)52202-20$700.00
Heated 230V/50-60hz (recommended cable: 18641-Signal, 18641-Heater)52202H$672.00
Heated 230V/50-60hz; SS Housing (recommended cable: 18641-Signal, 18641-Heater)52202H-20$700.00
For use with 52202 & 5220352250$44.00
For use with YOUNG tipping bucket and precipitation gauges52260$218.00
22 AWG, Per Ft.18641$0.82

Quantity discounts applied during checkout. Excludes sensor cables.

The YOUNG Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge utilizes a proven tipping bucket mechanism for simple and effective rainfall measurement. The bucket geometry and materials are specially selected for maximum water release, thereby reducing contamination and errors.  Catchment area of 200 cm2 and measurement resolution of 0.1 mm meet the recommendations of the WMO. Leveling screws and bullseye level are built in for easy and precise adjustment in the field. Measured precipitation is discharged through a collection tube for verification of total rainfall.

Model 52202 is heated for operation in cold temperatures.

Model 52203 is unheated for use in moderate climates.

Marine grade Models 52202-20 and 52203-20 with a stainless-steel housing are available for coastal (salt air) or other corrosive environments.

An optional Bird Wire Assembly, Model 52250, may be use to discourage birds from perching on the funnel rim.

Heated models come with a standard 120 VAC to 24VAC power adapter for heater operation (230 VAC to 24 VAC for ‘H’ versions).

Catchment Area:

200 cm2


0.1 mm per tip


2% up to 25 mm/hr
3% up to 50 mm/hr


Magnetic reed switch (normally open)
Contact rating: 24VAC/DC 500mA

Operating Temperature:

-20 to +50°C (heated)


18 Watts @24VAC for heater only

Heater Thermostat Setpoint:

10°C ±3°C


Overall Height: 39 cm (15.4in)
Diameter: 18.5 cm (7.3 in)
Mounting: 34 mm (1.34 in) diameter (standard 1 inch pipe) or 3 bolts on 160mm dia. circle


1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)

Shipping Weight:

2.7 kg (6 lbs)