River Level at Stanhope: EA Website data

19 Oct

The EA river level data for the river Wear at Stanhope has an interesting new feature. As well as showing the river level for the past 5 days it also give a prediction for the next 36 hours; see https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/8196?direction=u

This is a new feature being trialled at a number of different locations around the country and Stanhope gauging station is one of them. 

This information is extremely useful and, coupled together with a weather forecast, gives a good idea of what the river might do at Stanhope in the next 36 hours. Of course it is only a prediction but nevertheless gives useful additional information. How that information impacts on levels further down the river depends on how long water at Stanhope takes to get down. So, for example, we reckon it takes water at Stanhope about 7 to 8 hours to arrive at Durham.

This is a new feature and the EA would like to hear peoples views on how useful it is. You can give your feedback by clicking on the feedback link at the top of the “River Level at Stanhope” page at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/8196?direction=u