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Latitude: 35.75º NLongitude: 118.42º WElevation: 2637 Feet
Location: Kern County in CaliforniaBulletin Group: San JoaquinRiver Group: Tulare
Issuance Time: Mar 04 2024 at 2:00 PM PSTNext Issuance: Mar 05 2024 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 12.5 FeetFlood Stage: 13.5 Feet
Please Note:Raw observed data may be unreliable due to gauge damage and river bank erosion sustained during the recent 2023 floods. This may increase forecast uncertainty.
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
 Most Recent 5 Years
2022 1,990 7.49 Dec 24, 2021
787 6.17 May 8, 2021
May 1, 2020
Mar 6, 2019
Apr 8, 2018
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Jan 2010 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
Mar 10, 2023
Feb 7, 2017
2011 -- 13.18 Dec 19, 2010
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Impacts - E19 Information
12.5 FeetIncreased river flows almost reach the top of the river bank.
13.5 FeetFlooding of Riverside Park next to Kernville gauge house is imminent. Water has begun to overflow along the river bank.
17.0 FeetRiverside Park begins to see scoured riverbank damage.
20.0 FeetFlood waters begin to inundate businesses, properties in downtown Kernville. Roads begin seeing significant flooding, impacting home and emergency service access to Kernville.
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ332)
Today: Breezy. Mostly sunny. Highs 47 to 53. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening.

Tuesday: Not as cool. Sunny. Highs 55 to 61. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds up to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Lows around 40.

Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 50 to 56.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Friday: Sunny. Highs 57 to 63.

Friday Night: Clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday Night and Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. Highs 59 to 65.
Product Disclaimer

This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS San Joaquin Valley-Hanford Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.