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USGS Surface-Water 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 -> 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 2,160 1,180 2,730 7,510 7,380 10,200 10,800 3,930 3,040 3,060 2,850 2,270
2 2,080 1,230 2,690 7,630 7,770 9,840 10,900 3,660 3,060 3,100 2,850 2,310
3 2,000 1,270 2,800 7,770 8,230 9,390 10,400 3,520 2,800 3,230 2,840 2,340
4 1,870 1,230 2,920 7,830 8,580 8,930 9,840 3,480 2,560 3,390 2,790 2,360
5 1,820 1,190 2,950 7,770 8,710 8,610 9,430 3,400 2,370 3,450 2,700 2,240
6 1,870 1,170 3,000 7,650 8,750 8,550 9,370 3,350 2,220 3,570 2,630 2,080
7 1,850 1,170 3,070 7,620 8,720 8,460 9,110 3,350 2,220 3,720 2,790 1,950
8 1,820 1,190 3,200 7,610 8,360 8,400 8,660 3,320 2,250 3,770 2,570 1,940
9 1,780 1,190 3,300 7,730 8,160 8,410 8,400 3,380 2,190 3,810 2,320 2,010
10 1,660 1,210 3,350 7,720 8,230 8,510 8,210 3,320 2,260 3,870 2,320 1,930
11 1,490 1,310 3,380 7,700 8,590 8,780 8,060 3,240 2,330 3,850 2,320 1,850
12 1,340 1,380 3,560 7,780 8,770 9,380 7,830 3,100 2,480 3,840 2,300 1,870
13 1,250 1,430 4,060 7,970 9,070 9,600 7,820 3,110 2,550 3,690 2,260 1,860
14 1,210 1,540 4,640 8,100 8,970 9,440 7,490 2,920 2,330 3,600 2,350 1,920
15 1,220 1,610 5,350 8,010 9,070 9,430 7,070 2,810 2,140 3,570 2,330 1,870
16 1,270 1,680 5,760 7,910 9,110 9,420 6,770 2,600 2,020 3,430 2,340 1,930
17 1,270 1,820 5,980 7,670 9,130 9,220 6,430 2,300 1,980 3,360 2,350 1,950
18 1,230 1,910 6,020 7,540 9,300 9,330 6,440 2,190 2,130 3,240 2,320 1,780
19 1,190 2,020 6,080 7,560 9,520 9,310 6,460 2,210 2,340 3,230 2,180 1,740
20 1,150 2,240 6,430 7,500 9,430 9,350 6,300 2,470 2,420 3,160 2,240 1,790
21 1,180 2,450 6,540 7,430 9,050 9,350 6,250 2,700 2,500 3,150 2,300 1,910
22 1,180 2,660 5,980 7,310 8,680 9,710 5,960 3,010 2,600 3,100 2,260 1,890
23 1,190 2,940 6,700 7,290 8,570 9,980 5,670 3,280 2,700 3,100 2,190 1,960
24 1,200 3,070 6,470 7,370 8,610 10,300 5,560 3,420 2,750 3,140 2,110 2,000
25 1,240 3,090 6,850 7,530 8,440 10,600 5,430 3,140 2,790 3,160 2,120 1,980
26 1,110 3,080 6,940 7,470 8,520 10,900 5,450 3,050 2,860 2,990 2,140 1,910
27 1,210 2,980 7,040 7,410 8,950 10,800 5,400 2,830 2,950 3,080 2,110 1,920
28 1,160 2,850 7,010 7,260 9,570 10,800 5,160 2,700 2,990 2,980 2,130 2,020
29 1,110 4,210 7,070 7,190 10,000 10,700 4,830 2,790 3,080 2,930 2,130 2,140
30 1,140   6,930 7,190 9,980 10,500 4,590 3,050 3,140 2,900 2,180 2,270
31 1,140   7,380   10,100   4,260 3,050   2,910   2,270