August 30, 2011--Get real-time data on floods and water flow at USGS' WaterWatch (USA Today)

As rivers leap out of their banks in New England in the aftermath of Irene, the U.S. Geological Survey provides a fascinating interactive site for real-time information on stream flows, generally updated on an hourly basis. WaterWatch provides maps that show the location of more than 3,000 long-term USGS streamgages, which show the amount of water flowing in streams and rivers. The maps use colors to represent stream flow conditions compared with historical stream flow; feature point-and-click innformation and highlight locations where extreme hydrologic events, such as floods and droughts, are occurring.

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