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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 05482000 Des Moines River at 2nd Avenue at Des Moines, IA


Polk County, Iowa
Hydrologic Unit Code 07100004
Latitude  41°36'45", Longitude  93°37'15" NAD27
Drainage area 6,245  square miles
Gage datum 773.74 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 1996-10-01 -> 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 2,240 1,220 2,830 7,700 7,780 9,930 11,000 4,030 3,150 3,180 2,960 2,350
2 2,160 1,270 2,780 7,860 8,200 9,600 11,100 3,760 3,170 3,220 2,960 2,390
3 2,070 1,310 2,900 8,010 8,710 9,160 10,600 3,610 2,910 3,350 2,950 2,430
4 1,940 1,270 3,020 8,070 9,110 8,720 10,100 3,580 2,660 3,530 2,900 2,450
5 1,890 1,230 3,050 8,020 9,240 8,420 9,650 3,500 2,460 3,590 2,800 2,320
6 1,930 1,210 3,090 7,890 9,290 8,370 9,600 3,440 2,300 3,710 2,730 2,160
7 1,920 1,210 3,150 7,870 9,250 8,290 9,330 3,440 2,300 3,870 2,890 2,020
8 1,890 1,220 3,280 7,850 8,870 8,270 8,880 3,410 2,320 3,920 2,660 2,010
9 1,840 1,220 3,340 7,980 8,650 8,350 8,620 3,470 2,270 3,960 2,400 2,080
10 1,720 1,250 3,400 7,970 8,730 8,510 8,410 3,410 2,340 4,020 2,400 2,000
11 1,540 1,360 3,430 7,970 9,130 8,860 8,270 3,330 2,400 4,000 2,400 1,910
12 1,380 1,420 3,640 8,050 9,340 9,520 8,020 3,190 2,540 3,990 2,380 1,940
13 1,290 1,480 4,170 8,240 9,310 9,710 8,010 3,200 2,550 3,840 2,340 1,930
14 1,250 1,590 4,770 8,380 9,200 9,570 7,660 3,000 2,400 3,740 2,440 1,990
15 1,270 1,670 5,480 8,280 9,310 9,590 7,210 2,890 2,210 3,710 2,410 1,940
16 1,310 1,740 5,900 8,180 9,360 9,600 6,920 2,680 2,090 3,570 2,430 2,000
17 1,320 1,880 6,150 7,930 9,360 9,370 6,600 2,370 2,060 3,490 2,430 2,020
18 1,270 1,980 6,190 7,790 9,500 9,510 6,610 2,250 2,210 3,370 2,410 1,850
19 1,230 2,090 6,260 7,810 9,640 9,490 6,630 2,270 2,430 3,350 2,260 1,810
20 1,190 2,320 6,640 7,760 9,440 9,520 6,500 2,550 2,520 3,280 2,320 1,860
21 1,220 2,550 6,770 7,690 9,010 9,500 6,460 2,790 2,610 3,270 2,390 1,980
22 1,220 2,760 6,200 7,560 8,610 9,810 6,130 3,110 2,710 3,220 2,350 1,960
23 1,230 3,050 6,900 7,550 8,470 10,100 5,830 3,390 2,810 3,220 2,270 2,030
24 1,240 3,180 6,640 7,690 8,490 10,400 5,730 3,420 2,860 3,260 2,190 2,080
25 1,290 3,190 7,070 7,860 8,300 10,700 5,590 3,250 2,910 3,280 2,200 2,050
26 1,140 3,190 7,170 7,810 8,340 11,100 5,610 3,050 2,970 3,110 2,220 1,980
27 1,250 3,090 7,200 7,770 8,710 11,000 5,550 2,930 3,070 3,200 2,190 2,000
28 1,190 2,950 7,200 7,610 9,290 11,000 5,290 2,790 3,110 3,090 2,210 2,100
29 1,150 4,210 7,270 7,550 9,760 10,900 4,950 2,900 3,200 3,040 2,210 2,210
30 1,170   7,130 7,570 9,730 10,700 4,680 3,170 3,270 3,010 2,260 2,350
31 1,180   7,580   9,870   4,330 3,170   3,030   2,360