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Nisqually River near National River Discharge (cfs)Stage (ft)Observed: 967 cfs at 10:15PM May 23, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 10:30PM May 23, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 10:45PM May 23, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:00PM May 23, 2020Observed: 983 cfs at 11:15PM May 23, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 11:30PM May 23, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:45PM May 23, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 12:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 12:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 12:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 12:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 1:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 1:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 983 cfs at 1:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 1:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 2:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 2:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 2:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 2:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 3:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 3:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 967 cfs at 3:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 3:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 4:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 4:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 4:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 4:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 5:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 5:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 5:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 5:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 6:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 6:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 6:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 6:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 7:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 7:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 7:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 7:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 8:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 8:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 8:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 8:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 9:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 9:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 9:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 9:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 10:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 10:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 10:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 10:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 11:00AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 11:15AM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 11:30AM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 11:45AM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 12:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 12:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 12:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 12:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 1:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 1:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 1:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 1:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 2:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 2:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 2:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 2:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 3:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 3:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 3:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 888 cfs at 3:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 888 cfs at 4:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 4:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 4:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 4:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 888 cfs at 5:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 5:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 5:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 5:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 6:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 6:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 888 cfs at 6:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 6:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 7:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 896 cfs at 7:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 7:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 7:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 8:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 8:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 8:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 8:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 9:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 10:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 10:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 10:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 11:00PM May 24, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 11:15PM May 24, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 11:30PM May 24, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 11:45PM May 24, 2020Observed: 904 cfs at 12:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 12:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 12:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 12:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 1:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 1:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 1:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 1:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 2:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 2:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 911 cfs at 2:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 2:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 3:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 3:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 3:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 3:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 4:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 919 cfs at 4:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 4:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 4:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 5:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 5:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 5:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 5:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 6:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 6:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 6:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 6:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 7:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 7:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 7:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 7:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 8:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 8:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 8:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 8:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 9:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 9:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 935 cfs at 9:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 927 cfs at 9:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 10:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 10:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 943 cfs at 10:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 951 cfs at 10:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:00AM May 25, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:15AM May 25, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:30AM May 25, 2020Observed: 959 cfs at 11:45AM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 12:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 12:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 12:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 983 cfs at 12:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 1:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 1:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 975 cfs at 1:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 991 cfs at 1:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 983 cfs at 2:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 991 cfs at 2:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 991 cfs at 2:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 999 cfs at 2:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 999 cfs at 3:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 999 cfs at 3:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1015 cfs at 3:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1024 cfs at 3:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1024 cfs at 4:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1024 cfs at 4:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1032 cfs at 4:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1032 cfs at 4:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1032 cfs at 5:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1040 cfs at 5:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1057 cfs at 5:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1040 cfs at 5:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1057 cfs at 6:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1057 cfs at 6:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1040 cfs at 6:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1057 cfs at 6:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1057 cfs at 7:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1082 cfs at 7:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1074 cfs at 7:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1074 cfs at 7:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1082 cfs at 8:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1082 cfs at 8:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1091 cfs at 8:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1091 cfs at 8:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1117 cfs at 9:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1117 cfs at 10:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1117 cfs at 10:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1125 cfs at 10:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1152 cfs at 11:00PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1134 cfs at 11:15PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1152 cfs at 11:30PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1160 cfs at 11:45PM May 25, 2020Observed: 1160 cfs at 12:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1169 cfs at 12:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1178 cfs at 12:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1169 cfs at 12:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1178 cfs at 1:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1196 cfs at 1:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1178 cfs at 1:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1187 cfs at 1:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1196 cfs at 2:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1214 cfs at 2:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1205 cfs at 2:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1223 cfs at 2:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1205 cfs at 3:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1250 cfs at 3:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1241 cfs at 3:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1241 cfs at 3:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1232 cfs at 4:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 4:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 4:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1250 cfs at 4:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 5:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 5:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 5:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 5:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 6:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 6:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 6:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 6:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 7:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 7:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 7:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 7:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 8:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 8:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 8:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1306 cfs at 8:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 9:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 9:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 9:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 9:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 10:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 10:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 10:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 10:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 11:00AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 11:15AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 11:30AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1260 cfs at 11:45AM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 12:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 12:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 12:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1269 cfs at 12:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 1:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 1:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 1:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 1:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1278 cfs at 2:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 2:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1306 cfs at 2:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 2:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 3:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 3:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 3:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 3:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 4:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1297 cfs at 4:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 4:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 4:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 5:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1306 cfs at 5:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1325 cfs at 5:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1287 cfs at 5:45PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 6:00PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 6:15PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1315 cfs at 6:30PM May 26, 2020Observed: 1325 cfs at 6:45PM May 26, 2020Highest Observation: 1344 cfs at 7:00PM May 26, 2020Forecast: 1249.61 cfs 11:00PM May 26, 2020Forecast: 1213.24 cfs 5:00AM May 27, 2020Forecast: 1163.22 cfs 11:00AM May 27, 2020Forecast: 1111.07 cfs 5:00PM May 27, 2020Forecast: 1079.01 cfs 11:00PM May 27, 2020Forecast: 1059.02 cfs 5:00AM May 28, 2020Forecast: 1057.75 cfs 11:00AM May 28, 2020Forecast: 1055.38 cfs 5:00PM May 28, 2020Forecast: 1071.59 cfs 11:00PM May 28, 2020Forecast: 1095.91 cfs 5:00AM May 29, 2020Forecast: 1107.24 cfs 11:00AM May 29, 2020Forecast: 1111.04 cfs 5:00PM May 29, 2020Forecast: 1128.5 cfs 11:00PM May 29, 2020Forecast: 1152.94 cfs 5:00AM May 30, 2020Forecast: 1175.47 cfs 11:00AM May 30, 2020Forecast: 1253.89 cfs 5:00PM May 30, 2020Forecast: 1549.51 cfs 11:00PM May 30, 2020Forecast: 2094.91 cfs 5:00AM May 31, 2020Highest Forecast: 2211.89 cfs 11:00AM May 31, 2020Forecast: 2019.74 cfs 5:00PM May 31, 2020USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesNISW1(plotting QRIRV) Graph Created (9:19PM May 26, 2020)ObservedForecast (issued 5:16PM May 26)Latest observed value: 1344 cfs at 7:00 PM PDT 26-May-2020. Flood Flow is 8 kcfs
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past and future precipitation. The stages/flows that will occur may be different if future rainfall is different than forecast.

Reliability of the Forecast: Based on current and forecast river, weather and reservoir conditions

NOTE: Forecasts for the Nisqually River near National are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in KCFS)
Major Flood Flow: 15
Moderate Flood Flow: 10
Flood Flow: 8
Action Flow: 0
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 21,800 cfs on 11/06/2006
(2) 21,200 cfs on 02/08/1996
(3) 17,100 cfs on 12/02/1977
(4) 16,500 cfs on 11/29/1995
(5) 16,000 cfs on 11/28/1995
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8,300 cfs on 11/23/2017 (P)
(2) 11,360 cfs on 10/22/2017 (P)
(3) 13,200 cfs on 11/05/2015 (P)
(4) 11,500 cfs on 11/25/2014
(5) 6,090 cfs on 03/09/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.
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15000 the Nisqually River will cause major flooding along the upper reaches of the river from Mt Rainier National Park downstream to Alder Lake. Deep and swift flood waters will inundate roads...pasture lands...and farms. The river will likely overtop some levees. Flooding will occur all along the river including headwaters...tributaries...and other streams within and near the Nisqually River Basin.
10000 the Nisqually River will flood along the upper reaches of the river from Mt Rainier National Park downstream to Alder Lake. Swift waters will flood roads...pasture lands...and farms. Erosion may damage the river banks.
8000 the Nisqually River will flood roads and pasture lands along the upper reaches of the river from Mt Rainier National Park downstream to Alder Lake.
6000 the Nisqually River will locally spill over its banks along the upper reaches of the river downstream to Alder Lake.
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Latitude: 46.752778° N, Longitude: 122.082500° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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NWS flow Not Available Not Available Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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