Osage, Iowa – Effective October 1, the National Weather Service will discontinue the provision of river flood forecasts for the Cedar River at Osage.
Some river monitoring equipment in Iowa is being shut down due to reductions in government funding. The gauge equipment is owned and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Science Center in Fort Dodge.
The loss of river monitoring equipment will make it impractical to continue providing forecasts. The National Weather Service will continue to provide areal flood warnings for larger portions of the area when necessary. Forecasts for the Cedar River in Charles City will continue.
Data and forecasts for the Cedar River and other rivers around the area can be viewed on the NWS La Crosse website at: http://www.weather.gov/arx under the “River Info/AHPS” tab. Visitors to this website can view current river stages, forecasts out to 7 days, maps, historical information and probabilistic forecasts out to 90 days.