We’ve Placed 40,000+ Rain Gauges All Over the US

We just passed a huge milestone with our Pocket Rain Gauge app: one million uses! Thank you to the 40,000 users all over the United States using the free app to see how much it rained in the past 24 hours at their current location. 

That means that Chris Harbourt, our CEO and the mastermind behind Pocket Rain Gauge, has essentially placed 40,000 rain gauges all across the United States. We’re extremely proud of this incredible feat! We are also incredibly happy with the 96% accuracy rate that comes from users letting us know if we are correct or not. 

Every time someone uses Pocket Rain Gauge, they are asked to confirm if we are right or not. If we are off, the user can enter in their own measurement for how much it rained. This helps us calibrate and fine tune our models so we can provide the most accurate data possible. 

The power of Pocket Rain Gauge doesn’t stop there. The app also lets users connect to their Agrible Morning Farm Report accounts and see rainfall totals for each of the fields. So in addition to 40,000 mobile rain gauges out there, we are providing growers rainfall information for millions of acres of US farmland. All without planting a single physical rain gauge in the ground. 

Chris has a long history of using data sources to accurately measure rainfall without physical rain gauges. Back in the ‘90s, while he was in grad school with two of our other founders, Paul Miller and Bill Northcott, the three began experimenting with public data sources and geographic information systems (GIS). They realized that trying to measure the rainfall for every field in the United States was impossible with physical raingauges, so they turned to digital means. Their ideas were a bit ahead of the technology available at the time, but the foundations of their work eventually became Spatial Rainfall Consulting in 2005, and now Agrible’s Pocket Rain Gauge and Morning Farm Report. 

 
Chris Harbourt circa 1990s as a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Chris Harbourt circa 1990s as a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

We’ve done all of this as an independent voice with one goal: help growers be more productive by providing them with the best data available. Thank you to all of our Pocket Rain Gauge and Morning Farm Report users.

Pocket Rain Gauge is available for free on iOS and Android, and there are a number of great free features that comes with an introductory Morning Farm Report account.