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Nisqually River near National River Discharge (cfs)Stage (ft)Observed: 506 cfs at 7:45AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 8:00AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 8:15AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 8:30AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 8:45AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 9:00AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 9:15AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 9:30AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 9:45AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 10:00AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 10:15AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 10:30AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 483 cfs at 10:45AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 11:00AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 11:15AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 11:30AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 11:45AM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 478 cfs at 12:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 483 cfs at 12:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 483 cfs at 12:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 483 cfs at 12:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 478 cfs at 1:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 472 cfs at 1:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 472 cfs at 1:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 467 cfs at 1:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 2:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 467 cfs at 2:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 467 cfs at 2:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 456 cfs at 2:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 3:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 3:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 467 cfs at 3:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 3:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 4:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 472 cfs at 4:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 461 cfs at 4:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 472 cfs at 4:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 472 cfs at 5:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 478 cfs at 5:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 478 cfs at 5:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 478 cfs at 5:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 483 cfs at 6:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 6:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 6:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 6:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 7:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 7:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 517 cfs at 7:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 7:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 8:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 8:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 8:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 8:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 9:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 565 cfs at 9:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 9:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 9:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 10:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 10:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 10:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 10:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 11:00PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 11:15PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 11:30PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 11:45PM Aug 14, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 12:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 12:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 12:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 12:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 1:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 1:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 1:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 1:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 2:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 2:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 2:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 2:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 3:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 3:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 3:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 3:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 577 cfs at 4:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 4:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 4:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 4:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 5:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 5:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 5:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 565 cfs at 5:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 565 cfs at 6:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 6:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 6:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 6:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 7:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 7:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 7:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 7:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 8:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 8:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 8:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 8:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 9:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 9:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 9:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 9:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 10:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 10:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 10:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 10:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 11:00AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 11:15AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 517 cfs at 11:30AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 517 cfs at 11:45AM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 12:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 12:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 12:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 12:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 1:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 1:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 1:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 1:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 2:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 2:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 2:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 2:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 3:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 3:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 3:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 3:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 4:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 4:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 4:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 4:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 5:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 5:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 5:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 5:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 6:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 6:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 6:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 6:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 7:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 7:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 7:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 7:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 577 cfs at 8:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 8:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 8:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 8:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 9:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 9:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 9:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 9:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 10:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 10:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 10:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 10:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 11:00PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 11:15PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 11:30PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 11:45PM Aug 15, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 12:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 12:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 12:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 12:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 640 cfs at 1:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 640 cfs at 1:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 1:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 1:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 2:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 2:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 2:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 2:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 3:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 3:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 3:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 3:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 4:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 4:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 4:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 4:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 602 cfs at 5:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 577 cfs at 5:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 5:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 6:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 577 cfs at 6:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 6:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 6:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 7:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 577 cfs at 7:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 7:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 571 cfs at 7:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 565 cfs at 8:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 8:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 8:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 8:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 9:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 9:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 9:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 9:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 10:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 10:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 10:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 10:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 11:00AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 11:15AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 11:30AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 11:45AM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 517 cfs at 12:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 12:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 517 cfs at 12:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 12:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 1:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 1:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 1:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 1:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 2:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 2:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 2:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 495 cfs at 2:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 3:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 489 cfs at 3:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 3:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 500 cfs at 3:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 512 cfs at 4:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 4:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 4:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 506 cfs at 4:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 5:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 529 cfs at 5:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 523 cfs at 5:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 535 cfs at 5:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 553 cfs at 6:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 541 cfs at 6:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 547 cfs at 6:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 6:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 559 cfs at 7:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 565 cfs at 7:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 7:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 590 cfs at 7:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 583 cfs at 8:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 608 cfs at 8:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 596 cfs at 8:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 8:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 9:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 9:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 9:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 9:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 10:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 640 cfs at 10:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 10:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 10:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 667 cfs at 11:00PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 11:15PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 11:30PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 11:45PM Aug 16, 2022Observed: 660 cfs at 12:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 660 cfs at 12:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 12:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 12:45AM Aug 17, 2022Highest Observation: 680 cfs at 1:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 667 cfs at 1:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 660 cfs at 1:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 673 cfs at 1:45AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 653 cfs at 2:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 2:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 667 cfs at 2:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 660 cfs at 2:45AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 3:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 3:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 3:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 3:45AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 634 cfs at 4:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 4:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 627 cfs at 4:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 615 cfs at 4:45AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 5:00AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 640 cfs at 5:15AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 5:30AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 647 cfs at 5:45AM Aug 17, 2022Observed: 621 cfs at 6:00AM Aug 17, 2022Forecast: 593.22 cfs 11:00AM Aug 17, 2022Forecast: 588.59 cfs 5:00PM Aug 17, 2022Forecast: 599.93 cfs 11:00PM Aug 17, 2022Forecast: 642.36 cfs 5:00AM Aug 18, 2022Forecast: 680.54 cfs 11:00AM Aug 18, 2022Forecast: 690.22 cfs 5:00PM Aug 18, 2022Forecast: 692.44 cfs 11:00PM Aug 18, 2022Forecast: 708.1 cfs 5:00AM Aug 19, 2022Highest Forecast: 715.65 cfs 11:00AM Aug 19, 2022Forecast: 692.63 cfs 5:00PM Aug 19, 2022Forecast: 656.98 cfs 11:00PM Aug 19, 2022Forecast: 632.26 cfs 5:00AM Aug 20, 2022Forecast: 605.06 cfs 11:00AM Aug 20, 2022Forecast: 564.86 cfs 5:00PM Aug 20, 2022Forecast: 532.01 cfs 11:00PM Aug 20, 2022Forecast: 522.4 cfs 5:00AM Aug 21, 2022Forecast: 527.01 cfs 11:00AM Aug 21, 2022Forecast: 516.4 cfs 5:00PM Aug 21, 2022Forecast: 506.92 cfs 11:00PM Aug 21, 2022Forecast: 519.39 cfs 5:00AM Aug 22, 2022Forecast: 528.42 cfs 11:00AM Aug 22, 2022Forecast: 514.7 cfs 5:00PM Aug 22, 2022Forecast: 496.47 cfs 11:00PM Aug 22, 2022Forecast: 490.61 cfs 5:00AM Aug 23, 2022Forecast: 492.24 cfs 11:00AM Aug 23, 2022Forecast: 484.77 cfs 5:00PM Aug 23, 2022Forecast: 478.56 cfs 11:00PM Aug 23, 2022Forecast: 487.9 cfs 5:00AM Aug 24, 2022USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesNISW1(plotting QRIRZ) Graph Created (7:35AM Aug 17, 2022)ObservedForecast (issued 2:05PM Aug 16)Latest observed value: 621 cfs at 6:00 AM PDT 17-Aug-2022. 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: 5.4
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) 6,610 cfs on 01/13/2021 (P)
(2) 8,300 cfs on 11/23/2017 (P)
(3) 11,360 cfs on 10/22/2017 (P)
(4) 13,200 cfs on 11/05/2015 (P)
(5) 11,500 cfs on 11/25/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 100 cfs on 11/17/1987
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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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