Wild river temp gauge
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Author:  maineangler [ July 10th, 2018, 7:46 am ]
Post subject:  Wild river temp gauge

Sometime around the beginning of this month the temp gauge on the Wild River went down. Discharge and flow are still working but no temp data.
It hit nearly 80 before the gauge went down. Maybe it was boiled :shock:

Author:  granger [ July 11th, 2018, 4:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wild river temp gauge

Perhaps the gauge would not calibrate properly or was malfunctioning, perhaps it was 80, perhaps it was not. 80 would not be good!! I have seen some rivers in the 70's here in the Rangeley area thus far. Lake surface temps at 72, but down at 30 feet still 57. (using a Clinefinder instrument last week).

Author:  Hunter [ July 12th, 2018, 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wild river temp gauge

I believe the temp gage went dry, or was at least picking up thermal gains from solar heating of whatever housing the unit is in, as the daily diurnal temperature swings went from being in the 5 to 10 degree range to almost 25 degrees. The latter is more akin to air temp swings than water temps do to the thermal mass involved with heating and cooling of water. The diurnal temp swings were more normal on days with rain events. I think the USGS recognized this and took the equipment off line until water levels allow for collection of real water temp data rather than air temp data.

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