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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 05480500 Des Moines River at Fort Dodge, IA


Webster County, Iowa
Hydrologic Unit Code 07100004
Latitude  42°30'30", Longitude  94°12'12" NAD27
Drainage area 4,190  square miles
Gage datum 969.38 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 1913-10-01 -> 2021-09-30)

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
1 644 444 1,420 4,720 3,830 3,830 4,130 1,530 1,200 1,290 1,060 921
2 620 436 1,480 4,640 3,920 3,710 3,970 1,430 1,140 1,330 1,080 910
3 604 451 1,590 4,530 3,950 3,720 3,760 1,400 1,050 1,330 1,080 901
4 580 459 1,700 4,540 4,000 3,770 3,540 1,310 977 1,350 1,050 876
5 560 460 1,700 4,550 3,990 3,790 3,380 1,260 986 1,360 1,030 848
6 546 456 1,840 4,560 3,870 3,790 3,330 1,310 992 1,380 1,010 817
7 533 446 1,840 4,590 3,760 3,670 3,320 1,240 966 1,370 998 788
8 528 452 1,810 4,560 3,710 3,930 3,250 1,210 953 1,390 989 767
9 505 471 1,740 4,490 3,670 3,840 3,290 1,160 954 1,440 971 743
10 492 506 1,800 4,380 3,590 3,660 3,250 1,120 937 1,500 967 736
11 482 641 2,010 4,360 3,540 3,560 3,230 1,080 930 1,510 989 727
12 460 640 2,160 4,430 3,530 3,620 3,120 1,050 894 1,520 1,020 725
13 462 659 2,350 4,540 3,500 3,760 2,970 1,030 888 1,460 1,020 751
14 450 672 2,520 4,590 3,530 4,020 2,900 1,040 943 1,390 1,020 802
15 427 707 2,740 4,630 3,520 4,140 2,780 1,070 940 1,360 1,010 827
16 431 814 2,900 4,640 3,520 4,240 2,620 1,090 971 1,310 1,020 827
17 439 938 3,060 4,540 3,530 4,430 2,510 1,070 983 1,280 1,020 815
18 441 963 3,200 4,380 3,570 4,520 2,460 1,060 987 1,260 1,060 798
19 441 1,060 3,440 4,260 3,480 4,590 2,390 1,040 1,010 1,260 1,060 766
20 451 1,170 3,520 4,320 3,390 4,550 2,320 1,250 1,170 1,240 1,070 750
21 481 1,270 3,480 4,330 3,380 4,570 2,230 1,270 1,310 1,210 1,090 723
22 474 1,330 3,660 4,290 3,460 4,500 2,180 1,410 1,340 1,200 1,100 695
23 475 1,380 3,630 4,210 3,550 4,690 2,190 1,390 1,330 1,210 1,100 668
24 470 1,400 3,650 4,080 3,630 4,690 2,140 1,310 1,330 1,220 1,060 637
25 464 1,380 3,700 4,050 3,690 4,690 2,030 1,260 1,360 1,190 1,040 641
26 447 1,370 3,760 3,960 3,780 4,780 1,940 1,220 1,430 1,150 1,010 629
27 437 1,450 3,980 3,920 3,880 4,740 1,830 1,180 1,470 1,130 1,010 644
28 430 1,480 4,270 3,870 3,950 4,550 1,810 1,160 1,400 1,120 996 703
29 433 2,070 4,500 3,780 4,030 4,350 1,770 1,170 1,340 1,090 955 699
30 435   4,550 3,770 4,110 4,280 1,690 1,150 1,300 1,090 935 698
31 441   4,620   4,000   1,650 1,200   1,080   677