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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey

Release: May 16, 2008

John Clemens

Warm weather boosts Washington river flows

Warm temperatures combined with heavy snowpacks in many Washington basins are expected to boost streamflows in many rivers across the state, with four rivers forecast by the National Weather Service to go above flood stage over the next two days.

The annual spring snowmelt comes later than usual this year due to the cool, late-arriving spring weather, leaving some basins with as much as 271 percent of normal snowpack.

The following rivers in Washington are forecast to be at or above flood stage: Naches, Spokane, Stehekin, and Yakima. To monitor streamflows in these and other rivers in the state, go to the USGS Real-Time Data for Washington page at

With about 300 river gages on Washington rivers, the USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, which is the backbone of flood-warning systems statewide. The USGS delivers essential, real-time river data to partner agencies like the National Weather Service to protect lives and property.

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