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USGS Daily Statistics for Iowa

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NOTE: Station Numbers for Iowa precipitation gages have changed (see list).


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USGS 05476590 Des Moines River at Emmetsburg, IA


Palo Alto County, Iowa
Hydrologic Unit Code 07100002
Latitude  43°07'34", Longitude  94°42'21" NAD27
Drainage area 1,672  square miles
Gage datum 1,196.00 feet above NGVD29
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00060, Discharge, cubic feet per second,
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Mean of daily mean values for each day for water year of record in, ft3/s   (Calculation Period 2011-10-01 -> 2020-09-30)

Calculation period restricted by USGS staff due to special conditions at/near site
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 515 324 702 2,470 2,460 2,850 2,910 768 477 953 933 769
2 484 309 687 2,370 2,550 2,690 2,860 714 447 1,010 899 773
3 471 299 693 2,290 2,550 2,590 2,860 665 415 1,050 863 738
4 470 296 755 2,230 2,480 2,520 2,770 620 417 1,060 838 713
5 454 295 943 2,180 2,420 2,480 2,670 588 609 1,230 815 708
6 439 287 953 2,120 2,400 2,410 2,560 572 649 1,440 800 700
7 444 285 1,010 2,040 2,350 2,290 2,450 540 604 1,530 782 652
8 438 274 1,040 1,970 2,310 2,150 2,410 509 553 1,570 753 604
9 404 263 1,120 1,890 2,320 2,080 2,400 492 519 1,570 723 574
10 362 258 1,230 1,840 2,380 2,030 2,400 470 491 1,610 716 581
11 340 256 1,210 1,840 2,460 1,930 2,380 450 477 1,640 674 569
12 330 294 1,160 1,850 2,520 1,850 2,300 432 500 1,620 664 566
13 354 318 1,150 1,870 2,540 1,790 2,330 412 538 1,580 655 593
14 375 307 1,470 1,910 2,440 1,760 2,250 399 604 1,530 698 663
15 371 298 1,720 1,890 2,290 1,840 2,130 380 599 1,490 712 764
16 360 287 1,820 1,840 2,150 1,970 2,020 369 657 1,460 697 767
17 346 286 1,790 1,790 2,150 2,250 2,000 387 683 1,430 700 733
18 320 307 1,760 1,790 2,340 2,300 2,090 485 717 1,390 724 692
19 315 325 1,740 1,780 2,320 2,410 1,960 572 786 1,350 766 638
20 328 433 1,860 1,780 2,270 2,520 1,840 643 1,160 1,290 781 608
21 350 518 1,890 1,820 2,300 2,740 1,760 740 1,400 1,240 778 603
22 367 540 1,930 1,880 2,300 2,820 1,610 830 1,460 1,230 800 592
23 378 544 2,110 1,990 2,330 3,080 1,480 776 1,470 1,200 795 587
24 368 557 2,340 2,060 2,430 3,120 1,370 708 1,400 1,160 779 566
25 347 528 2,410 2,180 2,560 3,090 1,280 655 1,310 1,110 789 557
26 330 505 2,390 2,220 2,590 3,100 1,230 622 1,230 1,130 768 576
27 324 494 2,390 2,190 2,640 3,100 1,170 597 1,180 1,170 741 632
28 327 537 2,440 2,290 2,750 3,020 1,090 600 1,130 1,120 706 729
29 320 1,460 2,530 2,360 2,870 2,970 997 583 1,100 1,070 690 651
30 322   2,580 2,370 2,890 2,950 903 530 1,070 1,020 736 580
31 319   2,540   2,930   831 494   973   557