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Current streamflow conditions in North Carolina.

Current streamflow conditions map.
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3916 Sunset Ridge Rd
Raleigh, N.C. 27607
Phone: (919) 571-4000



USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.

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Water Resources of North Carolina

Welcome to the USGS North Carolina Water Science Center. These pages are your source for water-resource information collected and interpreted by the U.S. Geological Survey in North Carolina.

Real-time water data for North Carolina

Click on a river basin to obtain real-time data.

Quick Links to Real-Time Data Real-time data typically are recorded at 15-60 minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Data from real-time sites are relayed to USGS offices via satellite, telephone, and/or radio and are available for viewing within minutes of arrival.

View site list: SW | GW | WQ

Of Current Interest

New North Carolina Rainfall data map

Realtime rainfall data map screenshot

North Carolina rainfall data map

The North Carolina WSC has released a new map interface to our rainfall data.

Through this map, you can view cummulative rainfall totals at USGS raingages across the state, in 1-, 2-, 3-, 6-, 12-, and 24-hour and 2- and 7-day increments.

Map features include options to view National Weather Service rainfall disribution maps and a sortable table of gaged rainfall totals.

Special thanks to Terry Ortel and the Illinois Water Science Center, who developed the initial rainfall data map and provided technical assistance as we implemented the data maps for North Carolina.

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Recent Publications

FS 2014-3015
Estimating Flood Magnitude and Frequency for Urban and Small, Rural Streams in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, 2011
By Toby D. Feaster, Anthony J. Gotvald, and J. Curtis Weaver
Fact Sheet 20143015
SIR 2014-5030
Methods for Estimating the Magnitude and Frequency of Floods for Urban and Small, Rural Streams in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, 2011
By Toby D. Feaster, Anthony J. Gotvald, and J. Curtis Weaver
Scientific Investigations Report 20145030
DS 820
Nutrient Load Summaries for Major Lakes and Estuaries of the Eastern United States, 2002
By Michelle C. Moorman, Anne B. Hoos, Suzanne B. Bricker, Richard B. Moore, Ana María García, and Scott W. Ator
Data Series 820

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USGS CoreCast: Groundwater Awareness Week is March 6-12
From large drawdowns in the Great Plains aquifer to arsenic in some wells in New England, this episode of CoreCast highlights six different USGS groundwater studies all across the United States, including Wake County in North Carolina. (7.68 Mb)

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A transcript is available.

North Carolina Podcast Series

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