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What is the volume of Tempe Town Lake?

Purpose River discharge (typically given the variable Q) is defined as volume of water per unit time. The volume component of discharge enables volume calculations, and I wondered if I could easily calculate Tempe Town Lake’s volume from stream gage … Continue reading

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Stream gages and hydrographs

In my ramblings about weather stations, I mentioned that stream gages are another type of automated data recorder that provide real-time data to the public. Stream gages record the height of the flowing water above a reference datum (such as … Continue reading

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Storm Damage?

Last week, Arizona experienced a few days of winter storms. While typical for January, these types of storms have been rare in Arizona the past few years. Indeed, Phoenix received over 2 inches of rain during the week, and the … Continue reading

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