National Weather Service California Nevada River Forecast Center Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service
 | 

SALINAS RIVER - SPRECKELS (SPRC1)
Latitude: 36.63º NLongitude: 121.67º WElevation: 21 Feet
Location: Monterey County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Central Coast
Issuance Time: Sep 19 2017 at 7:47 AM PDTNext Issuance: Sep 20 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT
Monitor Stage: 20.0 FeetFlood Stage: 23.0 Feet
Observed Data Credit
Gage owner logo

Raw streamflow data is provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS).
View USGS Data for this station location.

Verification - Historical Graphical RVF
Month:  
Day:  
Year:  
Cycle:  
To view other verification locations, use our Historical Graphical River Forecast Interface.
Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2016*
0****
--
--
2015*
7
2.61
Dec 12, 2014
2014*
29
2.62
Oct 2, 2013
2013*
1,020
9.42
Dec 25, 2012
2012*
222
5.96
Jan 25, 2012
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1929 to Present)**
1995*
95,000
30.29
Mar 12, 1995
1969*
83,100
26.51
Feb 26, 1969
1938
75,000***
25.00
Feb 12, 1938
1983* 63,000 23.44 Mar 3, 1983
1978* 57,400 22.66 Feb 11, 1978
* Discharge affected by regulation or diversion
** Most recent continuous record back to Oct 1929 with segmented periods back to Jan 1900
*** Highest flow since regulation by Santa Margarita Lake began in 1941
**** No flow observed during the entire water year
Location Photographs
ESRI™ Locator Map
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ528)
Rest of Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 10 to 20 mph and Becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows near 50. West winds around 20 mph and becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Friday Night through Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Highs in the 60s to upper 70s.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs in the 70s to mid 80s.

Sunday Night: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

Monday: Sunny. Highs in the 80s.

Monday Night and Tuesday: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s.
Impacts - E19 Information
19.0 FeetMinor lowland flooding of agricultural land can be expected.
23.0 FeetA few residences will begin to flood near the Salinas River along the reach of the gage. River Road will begin to flood near Spreckels.
24.0 FeetSignificant flooding of the lowest portions of agricultural land can be expected along the lower portions of the Salinas River. River Road and Spreckels Boulevard will begin to flood.
26.0 FeetModerate flooding along lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence, and Spreckels can be expected. At least 20,000 acres of farm land may become inundated in the Salinas Valley. Levees along the lower Salinas River will be in danger of breaching. Some primary and secondary roads along the Salinas River begin to flood. Highway 68 is forecast to become inundated.
27.0 FeetThe lower portions of Castroville will begin to flood. Flooding can be expected to Foster Road, 1 mile south of Salinas. Highway 156 near Castroville will begin to flood. Many secondary roads will be inundated in the Salinas Valley. Major flood damage to agricultural land in the Salinas Valley.
28.0 FeetMajor flooding is expected along lower portions of Soledad, Gonzales, Chular, Spence, Spreckels, and Castroville. Major damage will occur to wide expanses of agricultrual land in the Salinas Valley with at least 40,000 acres possibly inundated. Many secondary and some primary roads in the Salinas Valley will become flooded making travel difficult. Highway 156 and Highway 68 will become inundated and impassable. Water/Sewage treatment plants along the lower Salinas River will be in danger of becoming flooded.
29.0 FeetAll roads just south and west of Spreckels will become inundated. US 101 is forecast to flood just north of Soledad. Highway 1 just south of Castroville near Nashua Road is forecast to become inundated. Major damage to roads, agricultural land, and homes in the Salinas Valley will be experienced.
30.0 FeetDisastrous flooding will occur within the lower Salinas Valley. The city of Salinas will be in danger of becoming inundated. Most of Castroville is expected to experience flooding. All roads near the Salinas River will be inundated, making travel impossible. Disastrous flooding will occur to wide expanses of agricultural land in the Salinas Valley with at least 90,000 acres possibly inundated.
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 Francisco Bay Area-Monterey 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.