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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 05485500 Des Moines River blw Raccoon Riv at Des Moines, IA


Polk County, Iowa
Hydrologic Unit Code 07100008
Latitude  41°34'40", Longitude  93°36'19" NAD27
Drainage area 9,879  square miles
Gage datum 762.52 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 -> 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 3,320 1,930 4,810 10,700 12,800 13,900 16,200 6,340 5,240 4,090 4,140 3,530
2 3,180 1,940 4,900 10,800 12,600 13,600 16,100 6,050 5,260 4,370 4,210 3,550
3 3,000 1,970 5,240 11,000 12,600 12,900 15,300 5,870 4,840 4,400 4,180 3,500
4 2,810 1,960 5,480 10,800 13,000 12,300 14,300 5,820 4,450 4,430 4,120 3,470
5 2,730 1,930 5,620 10,700 13,200 11,900 13,600 5,830 4,100 4,380 3,940 3,380
6 2,660 1,920 5,670 10,700 13,100 11,900 13,300 5,760 3,900 4,430 3,880 3,430
7 2,620 1,960 5,890 10,800 13,300 11,900 12,900 5,590 3,890 4,530 3,950 3,290
8 2,600 1,950 6,080 10,700 13,000 12,000 12,200 5,410 4,110 4,460 3,880 3,150
9 2,550 1,910 6,170 10,900 12,800 12,300 12,000 5,380 4,060 4,610 3,660 3,100
10 2,450 1,990 6,380 11,000 13,200 12,700 12,300 5,420 4,150 4,890 3,660 3,060
11 2,370 2,180 6,510 10,900 13,400 12,800 13,200 5,380 3,970 5,110 3,600 2,980
12 2,270 2,260 6,900 10,900 13,300 13,500 12,900 5,330 3,820 5,260 3,620 2,880
13 2,100 2,330 7,720 11,000 13,300 14,200 12,400 5,200 3,720 5,210 3,590 2,950
14 2,020 2,420 8,720 11,200 13,100 14,300 12,100 5,230 3,620 5,150 3,640 3,370
15 1,980 2,500 9,430 11,500 12,900 15,200 11,400 5,180 3,530 5,260 3,700 3,780
16 1,950 2,670 9,790 11,600 12,700 15,900 10,700 4,830 3,690 5,080 3,650 3,920
17 1,920 3,050 10,100 11,600 12,800 15,900 9,940 4,430 3,710 4,850 3,740 3,810
18 1,860 3,330 10,300 12,000 12,800 15,800 9,990 4,210 3,830 4,640 3,830 3,540
19 1,900 3,800 10,600 11,900 12,600 16,000 9,940 4,160 3,920 4,530 3,770 3,320
20 1,900 4,350 11,100 11,800 12,600 16,000 9,710 4,320 3,990 4,290 3,910 3,180
21 1,950 4,740 11,100 11,600 12,600 15,900 9,420 4,530 4,090 4,260 4,020 3,170
22 2,010 4,950 10,700 11,600 12,600 15,900 9,020 4,700 4,270 4,250 3,920 3,240
23 2,000 5,340 10,400 11,900 12,400 15,900 8,630 5,000 4,520 4,230 3,730 3,230
24 1,940 5,510 10,100 12,000 13,000 15,900 8,350 5,000 4,420 4,410 3,640 3,140
25 1,920 5,260 10,100 12,100 13,400 16,100 8,180 4,910 4,390 4,520 3,590 3,040
26 1,820 5,180 10,200 12,400 13,000 16,300 8,230 5,010 4,400 4,350 3,540 2,940
27 1,850 5,090 10,400 12,700 13,100 16,200 7,990 5,010 4,350 4,200 3,520 3,000
28 1,780 4,890 10,400 12,500 13,600 16,300 7,870 4,760 4,310 4,000 3,600 3,450
29 1,730 6,900 10,300 12,200 14,000 15,900 7,990 5,150 4,280 3,960 3,540 3,490
30 1,790   10,500 12,500 13,800 15,500 7,350 5,410 4,220 4,000 3,510 3,570
31 1,860   10,700   14,000   6,730 5,170   4,060   3,460