Rain Gauges with Soil Moisture Probes – IFloodS

Rain gauges, designed by the Iowa Flood Center, will measure rainfall amounts and moisture and temperature of the soil. The data will be transmitted every 15 minutes via a cell phone which is part of the system.

Iowa Flood Center Rain Gauge

Number of sites needed


Site Requirements

Site must have access to direct sunlight (required).

For gauges equipped with soil moisture probes, the installation team will dig and bury the probes within a few feet of the instrument.

Site Access

Iowa Flood Center and NASA staff will install the rain gauges and visit the site weekly during the project period. Visits may occur more frequently if operational problems are detected.

Deployment Dates

4/1/13 – 7/1/13
Depending on weather conditions, units could be installed as early as mid-March.

To express interest in serving as a host site for instrumentation, contact:
Sara Steussy, Iowa Flood Center, 319-394-1875.