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Latitude: 35.75º NLongitude: 118.42º WElevation: 2637 Feet
Location: Kern County in CaliforniaRiver Group: San Joaquin
Monitor Stage: 12.5 FeetFlood Stage: 13.5 Feet

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
Location Photographs
ESRI™ Locator Map
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ332)
Today: Breezy. Mostly sunny. A 50 percent chance of rain late in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

Tuesday: Partly sunny in the morning then clearing. Highs 55 to 61. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the morning.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night and Thursday: Clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Friday: Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 50s.

Friday Night: Chance of rain in the evening, then rain likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday: Rain in the morning, then rain and snow likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Saturday Night: Rain and snow likely in the evening, then chance of snow and rain likely after midnight. Light snow accumulations. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Chance of snow in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of snow 40 percent.
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.
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.