USGS: You can follow your favorite stream gages via text messaging

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I’ve been watching Clear Creek at Golden and the Cache la Poudre at Fort Collins via the text message service, USGS Water Alert. You choose a threshold for either gage height or flow in cubic feet per second along with a frequency for notification. Notification is via text message or email.

The USGS also runs an online application Water Watch. If you select by state, say Colorado, you can mouse over your favorite gage and read the current stats. The application shows a graphical representation of all reporting gages across the state as well.

Click on the thumbnail graphic above and to the right for a screen shot from this morning. The dots represent current streamflow as compared to average at the location. The legend is at the bottom.

Update: The state website is now back up.

The state’s website is not responding this morning so I’ll point you to it when the link will work.

Wow, Flood DSS is also down. That can’t be good if you’re depending on it for information to use for flood response or emergency response this weekend.

The outage is widespread. The governor’s and state legislature’s websites are not reachable .