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Barren River at Bowling Green Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 7.28 ft at 6:00AM Nov 28, 2023Observed: 7.21 ft at 6:00AM Nov 29, 2023Highest Forecast: 7.2 ft 6:00AM Nov 30, 2023Highest Forecast: 7.2 ft 12:00PM Nov 30, 2023Highest Forecast: 7.2 ft 6:00PM Nov 30, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 12:00AM Dec 01, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 6:00AM Dec 01, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 12:00PM Dec 01, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 6:00PM Dec 01, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 12:00AM Dec 02, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 6:00AM Dec 02, 2023Forecast: 7.1 ft 12:00PM Dec 02, 2023Forecast: 7 ft 6:00PM Dec 02, 2023Forecast: 7 ft 12:00AM Dec 03, 2023Forecast: 6.9 ft 6:00AM Dec 03, 2023Forecast: 6.9 ft 12:00PM Dec 03, 2023Forecast: 6.9 ft 6:00PM Dec 03, 2023Forecast: 6.9 ft 12:00AM Dec 04, 2023Forecast: 6.9 ft 6:00AM Dec 04, 2023USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesBWGK2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:10AM Nov 30, 2023)ObservedForecast (issued 9:09AM Nov 29)Latest observed value: 7.21 ft at 6:00 AM CST 29-Nov-2023. Flood Stage is 28 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Barren River at Bowling Green are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 45
Moderate Flood Stage: 32
Flood Stage: 28
Action Stage: 26
Low Stage (in feet): 3.4

Historic Crests
(1) 52.20 ft on 01/08/1913
(2) 49.55 ft on 03/01/1962
(3) 46.00 ft on 01/01/1937
(4) 44.63 ft on 03/24/1952
(5) 43.69 ft on 05/03/2010
(6) 42.75 ft on 03/13/1975
(7) 42.07 ft on 01/30/1957
(8) 41.67 ft on 06/24/1969
(9) 40.46 ft on 03/23/1955
(10) 39.82 ft on 02/15/1948
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 33.31 ft on 03/02/2021 (P)
(2) 30.85 ft on 02/25/2019
(3) 28.13 ft on 04/29/2013
(4) 43.69 ft on 05/03/2010
(5) 30.38 ft on 01/29/2009
(6) 29.38 ft on 04/05/2008
(7) 28.61 ft on 02/17/2003
(8) 30.43 ft on 01/24/1999
(9) 34.90 ft on 03/03/1997
(10) 28.70 ft on 12/18/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.80 ft on 10/18/1923
(2) 4.03 ft on 09/19/1954
(3) 4.15 ft on 07/08/1988
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61 Surface of US 68 bridge floods.
53 Large sections of the city flood. Travel is impossible in some areas.
48 Water treatment plant is shut down.
43 Approaches to KY 185 bridge flood.
36 Several homes along river begin to flood.
34 Most of Beech Bend Park floods.
30 Boat Landing Road is impassable.
23 Parks begin to flood. Most of Thomas Landing and Weldon Peete Park flood.
(1) Gauge Housing
(2) Microwave Sensor
(3) Wireweight Gauge
(4) Looking Upstream from Bridge
(5) Looking Downstream from Bridge
(6) Footbridge
(7) Looking upstream from foot bridge
(8) Looking downstream from footbridge
(9) Looking downstream from Old Richardsville Road bridge
(10) Boat Landing Road
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Latitude: 37.002778° N, Longitude: 86.432778° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 28 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(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 29 409.83 ft 437.83 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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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
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10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) River Forecast VS. River Potential
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble River Forecast vs Potential

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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