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ALERT: Update on status of the nationwide data transmission error that prevents stream gauge data collected at affected locations from being displayed on the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services (AHPS) webpages. The USGS has restored the transmission from all of their gauges or has placed them in a seasonal outage (some Alaska gauges). There are a few USGS gauges that the NWS is not yet receiving the new transmissions and NWS is working to get that data by alternate means. A map of the status of USGS gauges is here. The status map of gauge outages from other agencies is here. The situation has greatly improved and will continue to improve but at a slower pace. The outage maps will now be updated once per week on Thursday. We apologize for the service interruption and hope to have the data restored as soon as possible.



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Niobrara River near Sparks Stage (ft)Observed: 3.05 ft at 1:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 4:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 4:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 5:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 6:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 6:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 6:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 6:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 7:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 7:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 7:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 7:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 8:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 8:15AM Nov 10, 2018Highest Observation: 3.12 ft at 8:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 8:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 9:00AM Nov 10, 2018Highest Observation: 3.12 ft at 9:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 9:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 9:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.11 ft at 10:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 10:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 10:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:00AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 11:15AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 11:30AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 11:45AM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 12:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 1:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 2:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 2:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 2:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 2:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 4:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.97 ft at 4:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.97 ft at 4:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.97 ft at 4:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.97 ft at 5:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 5:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 5:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 5:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.98 ft at 6:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 6:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 6:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 6:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 7:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 7:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 7:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 9:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 9:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:00PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:15PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:30PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:45PM Nov 10, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 1:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 3:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 3:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 4:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 4:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 4:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 4:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 5:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 5:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 5:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 5:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 6:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 7:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 7:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 7:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 10:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 10:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 10:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 10:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 11:00AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 11:15AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 11:30AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 11:45AM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 12:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 12:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 1:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 1:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 2:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 2:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 2:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 2:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 3:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 3:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 3:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 3:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 4:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 4:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 4:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 4:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 5:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 5:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 5:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 5:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 6:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 2.99 ft at 6:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 7:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 8:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 8:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 9:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 10:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 11:00PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 11:15PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 11:30PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 11:45PM Nov 11, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 12:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 12:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 12:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 12:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 1:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 3:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 3:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 3:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.09 ft at 3:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 4:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 4:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.08 ft at 4:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 7:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 8:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 8:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.07 ft at 9:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 10:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 10:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 10:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.06 ft at 11:00AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:15AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:30AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:45AM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 12:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 2:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 2:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 2:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.01 ft at 3:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 5:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 5:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 5:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 5:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 6:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 6:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 7:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 7:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 9:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 9:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 10:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 10:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 11:00PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 11:15PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 11:30PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 11:45PM Nov 12, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 12:00AM Nov 13, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:15AM Nov 13, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:30AM Nov 13, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 12:45AM Nov 13, 2018Observed: 3.05 ft at 1:00AM Nov 13, 2018Observed: 3.04 ft at 1:15AM Nov 13, 2018USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesSPKN1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:38AM Nov 13, 2018)ObservedLatest observed value: 3.04 ft at 1:15 AM CST 13-Nov-2018. Flood Stage is 6 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Niobrara River near Sparks are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 12
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 12.17 ft on 02/05/2014
(2) 10.31 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(3) 10.06 ft on 02/07/1973
(4) 9.23 ft on 02/07/1994
(5) 8.90 ft on 01/17/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.31 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(2) 3.52 ft on 02/24/2017
(3) 4.09 ft on 05/22/2016
(4) 4.09 ft on 05/28/2015
(5) 4.57 ft on 01/11/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

For more information on your flood risk go to www.floodsmart.gov.

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16 Major flood stage with significant flooding along the river. Several homes and cabins along the river may be flooded.
12 Moderate flood stage. Moderate flooding is possible. Cabins and businesses along the river may be impacted by rising water levels.
8 Smith falls campground may begin to flood as well as parking areas along the river.
7 Minor flooding along the left banks downstream from Berry Bridge to Smith Falls Campground.
6 Flood stage. Minor flooding along the lower banks.
5.5 Minor flooding of lowland directly along the river. Recreational intrests along and on the river may be impacted.
Photos
(1) Waterfall across from the gage
(2) Looking downstream from the gage
(3) Gage house - please note the photo is turned on its side
(4) Looking upstream
(5) Waterfall - across from the gage
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Latitude: 42.902222° N, Longitude: 100.362222° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 6 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 2287.57 ft 2293.57 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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