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[!] ICE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW -- During cold weather, stage and discharge values may be affected by ice at some streamgages. Streamgages experiencing ice conditions will have the discharge record temporarily disabled to prevent the display of erroneous discharge values. Display of discharge record will resume when it is determined that ice conditions are no longer present. Adjustment of data affected by ice can only be done after detailed analysis.

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USGS 01471510 Schuylkill River at Reading, PA


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Station gage imageSTATION.--01471510 SCHUYLKILL RIVER AT READING, PA
LOCATION.--Lat 40`19'53.9", long 75`56'19.2", Berks County, Hydrologic Unit 02040203, on left bank 1,300 ft downstream from bridge on Penn Street at Reading, and 1.25 mi downstream from Tulpehocken Creek.
DRAINAGE AREA.--880 square miles.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--May 1914 to September 1915, October 1919 to September 1930 and July 1977 to current year. Prior to October 1914 monthly discharge only, published in WSP 1302. Diversion by Schuylkill Navigation Canal included during the navigation seasons of 1914-15.
GAGE.--Water-stage recorder, crest-stage gage, and unheated tipping bucket precipitation gage. Datum of gage is 185.50 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (Pennsylvania Railroad datum). May 7, 1914, to Sept. 30, 1930, and July 6, 1979, to Dec. 5, 1980, non-recording gage. June 30, 1977, to July 5, 1979, water-stage recorder at site 1,500 ft downstream on right bank at same datum. Satellite and landline telemetry at station
COOPERATION.--Funding for the operation of this station is provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District.
REMARKS.--Flow regulated by Still Creek Reservoir (station 01469200) since February 1933, Blue Marsh Lake (station 01470870) since April 1979, and to some extent by Lake Ontelaunee.
The 30-minute precipitation data for this station are temporary and will only be displayed for 120 days. Time series of 1-hour or cumulative daily values will NOT be available for retrieval following the 120-day display period. Although the instrumentation is calibrated at least once a year, the temporary classification means that documented routine inspections and other quality assurance measures are not performed that would make the data acceptable for archival, retrieval, or future use in general scientific or interpretive studies.

Supplied by USGS: Data transmitter operational limit - 32.0 ft;
Supplied by NWS: Action stage-14.5 ft; Flood stage-15.5 ft, flooding begins in Reading, portions of Water and Canal Streets are flooded; Moderate flood stage-18 ft, additional streets in Reading are closed; West Reading begins to see street flooding; Reading Conrail tracks flood; Major flood stage-22 ft, more roads in Reading flood, including the East and West bound lanes of US 222/422 (West Shore Bypass); Conrail tracks in West Reading are inundated.
This station managed by the PAWSC New Cumberland Office.

Available Parameters Available Period
2020-09-19  2021-01-17
1986-10-01  2021-01-17
2018-08-30  2021-01-17


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Precipitation, total, inches

Most recent instantaneous value: 0.00 01-17-2021   05:00 EST
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Discharge, cubic feet per second

Most recent instantaneous value: 1900 01-17-2021   05:00 EST
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Daily discharge, cubic feet per second -- statistics for Jan 17 based on 43 water years of record more
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Value Jan 17
390 860 1270 1560 1900 2010 5310

Gage height, feet

Most recent instantaneous value: 2.55 01-17-2021   05:00 EST
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