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  • USGS 01471510 Schuylkill River at Reading, PA


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    Station gage imageSTATION.--01471510 SCHUYLKILL RIVER AT READING, PA
    LOCATION.--Lat 40`20'05", long 75`56'12", Berks County, Hydrologic Unit 02040203, on left bank 200 ft downstream from bridge on Penn Street at Reading, and 1.0 mi downstream from Tulpehocken Creek.
    DRAINAGE AREA.--880 mi2.
    PERIOD OF RECORD.--May 1914 to September 1915, October 1919 to September 1930 and July 1977 to current year. Prior to October 1914 monthly discharge only, published in WSP 1302. Diversion by Schuylkill Navigation Canal included during the navigation seasons of 1914-15.
    GAGE.--Water-stage recorder, crest-stage gage, and climatological sensor. Datum of gage is 185.50 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (Pennsylvania Railroad datum). May 7, 1914, to Sept. 30, 1930, and July 6, 1979, to Dec. 5, 1980, non-recording gage. June 30, 1977, to July 5, 1979, water-stage recorder at site 1,500 ft downstream on right bank at same datum. Satellite and land-line telemetry at station
    Supplied by USGS: Data transmitter operational limit - 32.0 ft;
    Supplied by NWS: Action stage-14.5 ft; Flood stage-15.5 ft, flooding begins in Reading, portions of Water and Canal Streets are flooded; Moderate flood stage-18 ft, additional streets in Reading are closed; West Reading begins to see street flooding; Reading Conrail tracks flood; Major flood stage-22 ft, more roads in Reading flood, including the East and West bound lanes of US 222/422 (West Shore Bypass); Conrail tracks in West Reading are inundated.
    EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD.--Flood of June 23, 1972, reached a stage of about 31.3 ft, at site 1,500 ft downstream, from floodmarks, discharge, about 90,000 ft3/s.
    COOPERATION.--Funding for the operation of this station is provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District.
    The 30-minute precipitation data for this station are temporary and will only be displayed for 120 days. Time series of 1-hour or cumulative daily values will NOT be available for retrieval following the 120-day display period. Although the instrumentation is calibrated at least once a year, the temporary classification means that documented routine inspections and other quality assurance measures are not performed that would make the data acceptable for archival, retrieval, or future use in general scientific or interpretive studies.
    This station managed by the PAWSC New Cumberland Office.

    Available Parameters Available Period
    All 3 Available Parameters for this site
    00060 Discharge 2007-10-01  2014-09-02
    00065 Gage height 2014-05-05  2014-09-02
    00045 Precipitation 2014-05-05  2014-09-02

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    Discharge, cubic feet per second

    Most recent instantaneous value: 461   09-02-2014  02:00 EDT
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    Daily discharge, cubic feet per second -- statistics for Sep 2 based on 37 years of record more
    Median Most Recent
    Value Sep 2
    Mean 75th
    238 320 449 461 629 719 2030

    Gage height, feet

    Most recent instantaneous value: 2.63   09-02-2014  02:00 EDT
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