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TRUCKEE RIVER - FARAD (FARC1)
Latitude: 39.43º NLongitude: 120.03º WElevation: 5153 Feet
Location: Nevada County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Monitor Stage: 10.0 FeetFlood Stage: 11.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2018*
6,580
8.97
Apr 7, 2018
2017*
9,160
10.27
Jan 8, 2017
2016*
2,920
6.39
Jan 30, 2016
2015*
2,170
5.82
Feb 9, 2015
2014*
1,280
4.94
Feb 9, 2014
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Sept 1899 to Present)
1951*
17,500****
14.50
Nov 21, 1950
1938*
15,500***
11.59
Dec 11, 1937
1907*
15,300**
11.59
Dec 11, 1937
1997*
14,900
13.13
Jan 02, 1997
 * Discharge affected by regulation or diversion
 ** Discharge is a daily average
 *** Aug 1912 through Dec 1937, water stage recorder at location 4.1 miles upstream at different datum.
 **** Jan 1938 through Aug 1957, water stage recorder at approximate same location operated by TCID at datum 1 ft higher.
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs 52 to 62. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph with gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 29 to 39. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph increasing to 70 mph after midnight.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs 44 to 54. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts up to 80 mph.

Saturday Night: Snow showers likely. Lows 18 to 28. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 40 mph. Ridge gusts up to 85 mph decreasing to 50 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Snow showers likely. Highs 26 to 31. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon. Ridge gusts up to 50 mph.

Sunday Night: Brisk. Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows 13 to 23.

Monday and Monday Night: Breezy, clear. Highs 36 to 46. Lows 19 to 29.

Tuesday and Tuesday Night: Clear. Highs 47 to 57. Lows 22 to 32.

Wednesday and Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Highs 46 to 56. Lows 23 to 33.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs 48 to 58.
Impacts - E19 Information
8.0 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi. USGS 5 year flood.
8.5 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi. This is maximum safe flow in lowest portions of Truckee Meadows below Sparks. Releases from Prosser, Boca, and Stampede Reservoirs are cut at this point so flow at Reno does not exceed 6000 cfs. USGS 7 year flood.
9.0 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi. USGS 8 year flood.
9.5 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi. USGS 10 year flood.
10.0 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi. USGS 12 year flood.
10.5 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, but near bankfull in portions of the Verdi/Mogul area. USGS 15 year flood.
11.0 FeetFlood Stage - Minor lowland flooding in some locations from Boca to Mogul, especially Verdi/Mogul area. USGS 20 year flood.
11.5 FeetMinor to moderate flooding from Boca to Mogul, especially to trailer and public parks in the Verdi/Mogul area along the river. Similar impacts to 02/01/1963 and 12/23/1964 floods at Farad. USGS 25 year flood.
12.0 FeetModerate flooding from Boca to Mogul, especially to trailer and public parks in the Verdi/Mogul area along the river. Some damage to roads, bridges, and low-lying structures in the area. Similar in impact to floods which occurred on 02/25/1928, 02/01/1963, and 12/23/1964 at Farad. USGS 33 year flood.
12.5 FeetModerate to major flooding from Boca to Mogul. Moderate damage to roads, bridges, and low-lying buildings especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation affected with many road closures. Impacts worse than 02/01/1963 and 12/23/1964 floods at Farad, but not as severe as 01/02/1997 or 12/23/1955 floods. USGS 40 year flood.
13.0 FeetMajor flooding from Boca to Mogul. At these flows major damage should be expected to low-lying roads, bridges, and structures along the river, especially from Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation significantly affected. USGS 50 year flood. Similar to floods of 01/02/1997 and 12/23/1955.
13.5 FeetMajor flooding with extensive flood damage to roads, bridges, and structures from Boca to Mogul, especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation becomes very difficult, and most major roads/highways in the area are flooded. Similar in impact to the 12/11/1937 and 03/18/1907 floods, worse than 01/02/1997 flood. USGS 65 year flood.
14.0 FeetDisastrous, near record flooding from Boca to Mogul with extensive damage likely to low-lying structures along the river. Regional transportation severely affected, with many major roads flooded or damaged. USGS 85 year flood. Worse than 03/18/1907 and 12/11/1937 floods, but not as severe as the flood of record at Farad on 11/21/1950.
14.5 FeetFlood disaster from Boca downstream to Nixon. Near record flooding of buildings, roads, and bridges in the Verdi/Mogul area. Equal to the record flood at Farad on 11/21/1950. USGS 100 year flood.
15.0 FeetRecord flooding at Farad and near record to record flooding on entire mainstream Truckee. Disastrous flooding of buildings, roads, and bridges in Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation nearly cut off in all directions to/from Reno/Sparks. Well over USGS 100 year flood, and Farad record stage of 14.4 feet, record flow of 17,500 cfs (both set in 11/21/1950).
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 Reno 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.