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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 05481650 Des Moines River near Saylorville, IA


Polk County, Iowa
Hydrologic Unit Code 07100004
Latitude  41°40'50", Longitude  93°40'05" NAD27
Drainage area 5,841  square miles
Gage datum 787.42 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 1977-10-01 -> 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 1,840 983 2,690 6,620 6,790 7,730 8,940 4,020 2,910 2,470 2,430 2,030
2 1,760 973 2,710 6,660 6,810 7,550 8,900 3,860 2,920 2,470 2,480 2,050
3 1,640 982 2,840 6,650 6,930 7,360 8,570 3,730 2,730 2,510 2,430 2,020
4 1,530 961 2,910 6,620 7,150 7,120 8,200 3,640 2,550 2,560 2,400 2,030
5 1,500 969 2,960 6,650 7,250 7,000 7,950 3,540 2,380 2,590 2,340 1,980
6 1,490 992 3,080 6,690 7,240 7,010 7,840 3,420 2,260 2,680 2,320 1,960
7 1,460 1,010 3,170 6,630 7,170 6,960 7,430 3,300 2,210 2,750 2,430 1,890
8 1,430 967 3,230 6,640 7,000 6,890 7,120 3,260 2,220 2,710 2,340 1,860
9 1,390 942 3,200 6,770 6,860 6,880 7,150 3,210 2,210 2,800 2,180 1,870
10 1,350 942 3,190 6,820 6,960 6,910 7,170 3,110 2,260 2,960 2,210 1,840
11 1,260 1,020 3,190 6,750 7,120 7,160 7,140 3,020 2,330 2,980 2,160 1,740
12 1,170 1,080 3,430 6,760 7,190 7,430 7,190 2,860 2,350 2,950 2,120 1,680
13 1,080 1,140 3,870 6,890 7,100 7,490 7,290 2,810 2,260 2,870 2,130 1,670
14 1,040 1,200 4,280 6,990 7,080 7,390 7,170 2,830 2,090 2,890 2,170 1,710
15 1,030 1,250 4,680 7,000 7,190 7,510 7,000 2,880 2,050 2,930 2,170 1,750
16 1,030 1,350 4,980 7,040 7,300 7,550 6,680 2,770 2,080 2,890 2,160 1,880
17 1,010 1,430 5,190 7,010 7,340 7,770 6,320 2,660 2,090 2,840 2,210 1,910
18 973 1,580 5,300 7,020 7,330 8,060 6,280 2,570 2,120 2,760 2,220 1,720
19 985 1,750 5,420 7,050 7,350 8,360 6,210 2,480 2,120 2,740 2,170 1,600
20 986 2,030 5,620 7,030 7,340 8,470 6,060 2,610 2,190 2,670 2,250 1,630
21 1,000 2,330 5,630 6,900 7,240 8,520 5,970 2,720 2,300 2,650 2,330 1,730
22 999 2,620 5,520 6,930 7,120 8,660 5,690 2,880 2,470 2,620 2,260 1,810
23 1,020 2,870 5,550 7,030 7,020 8,610 5,450 3,080 2,620 2,590 2,120 1,830
24 1,030 2,900 5,660 7,070 6,900 8,800 5,360 3,100 2,540 2,670 2,110 1,770
25 1,040 2,880 5,820 7,070 6,740 8,990 5,260 3,040 2,480 2,650 2,090 1,720
26 965 2,920 6,070 6,960 6,770 8,960 5,220 2,960 2,470 2,540 2,060 1,630
27 1,010 2,930 6,260 6,820 7,020 8,850 5,070 2,810 2,520 2,490 2,060 1,610
28 964 2,830 6,370 6,820 7,350 8,840 4,800 2,700 2,540 2,390 2,070 1,710
29 919 4,330 6,420 6,900 7,530 8,760 4,500 2,690 2,570 2,390 2,000 1,850
30 932   6,520 6,860 7,600 8,760 4,380 2,800 2,570 2,390 1,990 1,960
31 989   6,620   7,720   4,210 2,830   2,400   1,940