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Nisqually River near National River Discharge (cfs)Stage (ft)Observed: 741 cfs at 6:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 734 cfs at 6:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 748 cfs at 6:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 741 cfs at 6:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 741 cfs at 7:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 741 cfs at 7:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 755 cfs at 7:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 763 cfs at 7:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 763 cfs at 8:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 763 cfs at 8:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 770 cfs at 8:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 777 cfs at 8:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 798 cfs at 9:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 784 cfs at 9:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 784 cfs at 9:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 813 cfs at 9:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 806 cfs at 10:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 806 cfs at 10:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 813 cfs at 10:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 843 cfs at 10:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 835 cfs at 11:00PM May 12, 2021Observed: 828 cfs at 11:15PM May 12, 2021Observed: 835 cfs at 11:30PM May 12, 2021Observed: 843 cfs at 11:45PM May 12, 2021Observed: 850 cfs at 12:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 843 cfs at 12:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 12:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 850 cfs at 12:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 1:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 1:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 1:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 1:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 2:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 2:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 2:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 2:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 3:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 3:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 3:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 3:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 4:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 4:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 4:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 4:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 5:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 888 cfs at 5:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 896 cfs at 5:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 6:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 6:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 6:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 888 cfs at 6:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 7:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 888 cfs at 7:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 7:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 7:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 8:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 9:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 9:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 9:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 10:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 10:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 10:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 10:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 11:00AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 11:15AM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 11:30AM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 11:45AM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 12:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 12:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 12:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 12:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 1:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 1:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 1:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 1:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 2:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 2:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 2:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 2:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 3:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 3:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 3:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 3:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 4:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 4:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 865 cfs at 4:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 858 cfs at 4:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 5:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 6:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 880 cfs at 6:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 873 cfs at 6:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 888 cfs at 7:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 896 cfs at 7:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 904 cfs at 7:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 896 cfs at 7:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 927 cfs at 8:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 919 cfs at 8:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 935 cfs at 8:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 927 cfs at 8:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 927 cfs at 9:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 943 cfs at 9:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 935 cfs at 9:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 951 cfs at 9:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 959 cfs at 10:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 951 cfs at 10:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 967 cfs at 10:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 959 cfs at 10:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 11:00PM May 13, 2021Observed: 975 cfs at 11:15PM May 13, 2021Observed: 975 cfs at 11:30PM May 13, 2021Observed: 967 cfs at 11:45PM May 13, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 12:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 12:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 12:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 12:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 1:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 1:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 1:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 1:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 2:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 2:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 975 cfs at 2:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 2:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 3:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 3:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 4:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 4:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 4:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 4:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 5:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 5:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 5:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 5:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 6:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 6:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 6:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 6:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 7:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 7:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 7:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 7:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 8:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 8:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 8:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 8:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 9:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 9:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 9:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 9:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 10:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 10:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 10:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 10:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 11:00AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 11:15AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 11:30AM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 11:45AM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 12:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 12:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 12:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 12:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 1:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 1:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 1:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 1:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 959 cfs at 2:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 2:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 2:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 2:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 3:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 951 cfs at 4:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 4:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 4:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 967 cfs at 4:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 5:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 5:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 991 cfs at 5:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 5:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 999 cfs at 6:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 6:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 983 cfs at 6:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1010 cfs at 6:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1020 cfs at 7:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1030 cfs at 8:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1040 cfs at 8:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 8:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 9:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1040 cfs at 9:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 9:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 9:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 10:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 10:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 10:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 10:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 11:00PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 11:15PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 11:30PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 11:45PM May 14, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 12:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 12:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 12:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 12:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 1:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 1:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 1:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 1:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 2:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 2:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 2:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 2:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 3:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 3:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 3:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 3:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1140 cfs at 4:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 4:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 4:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 4:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 5:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 5:15AM May 15, 2021Highest Observation: 1150 cfs at 5:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 5:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 6:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 6:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 6:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 6:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 7:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 7:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 7:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 7:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 8:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 8:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 8:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 8:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 9:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 9:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1130 cfs at 9:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 9:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 10:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1120 cfs at 10:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 10:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 10:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 11:00AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1110 cfs at 11:15AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 11:30AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 11:45AM May 15, 2021Observed: 1100 cfs at 12:00PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 12:15PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 12:30PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 12:45PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1080 cfs at 1:00PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1090 cfs at 1:15PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 1:30PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 1:45PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 2:00PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1050 cfs at 2:15PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 2:30PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 2:45PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 3:00PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1040 cfs at 3:15PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1050 cfs at 3:30PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 3:45PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 4:00PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 4:15PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1060 cfs at 4:30PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1050 cfs at 4:45PM May 15, 2021Observed: 1070 cfs at 5:00PM May 15, 2021Forecast: 1098.04 cfs 11:00PM May 15, 2021Forecast: 1122.04 cfs 5:00AM May 16, 2021Forecast: 1148.91 cfs 11:00AM May 16, 2021Forecast: 1166.46 cfs 5:00PM May 16, 2021Forecast: 1185.24 cfs 11:00PM May 16, 2021Forecast: 1217.8 cfs 5:00AM May 17, 2021Forecast: 1248.2 cfs 11:00AM May 17, 2021Highest Forecast: 1256.77 cfs 5:00PM May 17, 2021Forecast: 1249.02 cfs 11:00PM May 17, 2021Forecast: 1240.08 cfs 5:00AM May 18, 2021Forecast: 1230 cfs 11:00AM May 18, 2021Forecast: 1208.93 cfs 5:00PM May 18, 2021Forecast: 1176.77 cfs 11:00PM May 18, 2021Forecast: 1143.93 cfs 5:00AM May 19, 2021Forecast: 1109.62 cfs 11:00AM May 19, 2021Forecast: 1067.76 cfs 5:00PM May 19, 2021Forecast: 1025.95 cfs 11:00PM May 19, 2021Forecast: 995.3 cfs 5:00AM May 20, 2021Forecast: 969.72 cfs 11:00AM May 20, 2021Forecast: 937.72 cfs 5:00PM May 20, 2021Forecast: 898.24 cfs 11:00PM May 20, 2021Forecast: 859.11 cfs 5:00AM May 21, 2021Forecast: 826.25 cfs 11:00AM May 21, 2021Forecast: 798.95 cfs 5:00PM May 21, 2021Forecast: 781.73 cfs 11:00PM May 21, 2021Forecast: 782.36 cfs 5:00AM May 22, 2021Forecast: 790.35 cfs 11:00AM May 22, 2021Forecast: 790.81 cfs 5:00PM May 22, 2021USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesNISW1(plotting QRIRZ) Graph Created (5:50PM May 15, 2021)ObservedForecast (issued 3:22PM May 15)Latest observed value: 1070 cfs at 5:00 PM PDT 15-May-2021. 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) 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.

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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