Rapid Reporting Rain Gauges

The WA State Department of Ecology has placed rapid reporting rain gauges and stream gauges in and near our recent fires’ burn scars to help with flash flood warning where radar coverage is less than ideal and where life and property are at risk downstream.

Below are links that show fire perimeters, the latest hourly total of rainfall for all available gauges in the area, and radar data.

2014 Carlton Complex, 1-hr gage reports

2015 Okanogan Complex, Tunk Block, North Star, Lime Belt, Twisp Fires, 1-hr gage reports

2015 Wolverine, First Creek, Black Canyon, Chelan Complex Fires 1-hr gage reports

2015 Stickpin, Renner, Graves, Twenty-One Mile, Carpenter Rd, Tower Fires 1-hr gage reports

2014 Mills Canyon, Duncan & Chiwaukum Fires, 1-hr gage reports

You can change the data shown on the map using the table on the left of the map. 

If you have any questions about changing what the map shows, questions about sources of the data on the map, or if you want a different permalink with other fire perimeters, longer precipitation time frames, contact:

Katherine Rowden

Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service  


NOAA Phone: 509.244.0110 x228

Fax: 509.244.0554

Please note: that most of these gauges are not winterized, meaning that if snow melts in the gage, it will report as if it were raining and/or they can send erroneous data in colder temps. The primary use for many of these gages is during thunderstorm season.

Also, the amount reported on the map for the duration selected (for instance, 1-hour accumulation) is for the hour previous to when that gage last reported. To find the precise timing of the rainfall and when the gage reported, you can click on a gage on the map and scroll down below the map for the table of data.  

Department of Ecology rain & stream gauges can be viewed on their webpage.

USGS rain gauges placed in Chelan County after the 2012 Wenatchee Complex Fires can also be viewed on their webpage.

Air Quality Resources

Methow Valley Clean Air Project (MVCAP)

Methow Valley Clean Air Project (MVCAP) Facebook Page

Washington DOE Air Quality

Direct Link to Winthrop Station

Direct Link to Twisp Station

USFS Air Quality Cam (Pasayten)

B.C. Air Quality Site






Hayley Riach

An Aero Methow Rescue Service Program


National Weather Service/NOAA weather forecast for Methow Valley

National Weather Service Spokane homepage (official location for forecasts, watches and warnings from local NOAA office) 

Weekly weather briefing posted on YouTube every Monday afternoon

NWS Spokane Twitter 

NWS Spokane Facebook