This subject gets me laughing every month at work. I'll explain why.
First off I work with Dams so flows is something we always watch, incoming and discharge. Once a month our Hydrologists go out and manually measure the flows in the rivers. Then they do some magic math which will give them a flow conversion, CFS to a new gauge height number. Once they have this new number they will program the formula into the web sites you all look at, Hydromet, NOAA, ect, for an updated CFS/G.H.
Now what makes me laugh is, I will be discharging the same amount for the entire month from the last time they updated. (Example 500cfs) and once they give me thier new numbers and we program it into our computors, all of a sudden it may say we are discharging 400cfs or maybe 600 cfs on the river gauges. Even though we never even change the position of our units or spill gates and our penstock flow meters still read 500cfs. But because the world goes by the these charts you all see on NOAA, ect. We must make the change at the Dams to keep the desired river target.
NOTE: The Dams I watch are in Idaho and we try to maintain set targets on flow discharges because of irrigation water orders and everything I've been rambling on about most likely don't help with your question.
So what I'm saying is. A certian gauge height/flow one day, maybe have a different flow the next with the same gauge height. :roll: