(Herculaneum) Hydrologists, meteorologists, government officials and community members alike are excited to have a new river gauge on the Mississippi River at Herculaneum.
Mark Fuchs is a Service Hydrologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis. He says the gauge was actually installed last year by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is located a short distance upstream from where the Joachim Creek feeds into the Mississippi.
Fuchs says the gauge is currently reading the daily river stage of the Mississippi, but with more fine tuning, hydrologists will eventually have model data and be able to forecast the rivers water stage up to five days.
The big reason for that is due to the Meramec River.
For a complete list of all National Weather Service river gauges, water stages and forecasts, visit Weather.Gov/Stlouis and click on the “Rivers and Lakes” tab.