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Download the DA 5-129, also known as the ‘Gage Observation’ form, is a military form that allows one to gauge falling precipitation and stream depth. Falling precipitation may cause concern for flooding or other adverse conditions.  When it’s believed that these conditions could be threatening for various reasons a DA 5-129 is used to monitor conditions and ensure proper communications with regard to improvement or decline of conditions with appropriate authorities.

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Fill-in the following fields in order to complete the document:

Step 1 – Gage Observation – At the top of the Gage Observation form, in the first block you would check which condition you are gaging or check both if you are gaging both falling precipitation and stream depth.

Step 2 - You would then complete the following blocks:

  • Name of the river, stream or water shed if you are monitoring any one of these.
  • What type of measuring instrument that is being used.
  • The time of day and/or the date you begin monitoring conditions.
  • Provide the initial reading and hours of monitoring.

Step 3 – Precipitation Conditions – In this area you would complete all of the following information within a 24 hour period:

  • The hours, beginning and ending, of precipitation or depth monitoring.
  • For a snow fall event record:
  • How many inches had fallen.
  • Time of record.
  • How much is on the ground if applicable.
  • Calculate snow to water equivalent and record.

Step 4 - Temperature- record the following in the appropriate blocks:

  • Maximum temperatures in hours.
  • Minimum temperatures in hours.
  • Time of temperature recordings as they are being recorded.
  • Current weather conditions.
  • Time of reporting of weather conditions.

Step 5 – Stream Conditions- record the following:

  • Record the location of the body of water being monitored, in what town or how many miles of the river will be monitored.
  • Ice conditions if applicable.
  • Stage of the stream in meters or feet.
  • Time of recording stage.
  • Record the rate in which the stages change. Record whether the waters are falling, rising or if it’s steady at the most recent observation.

Step 6 – Record

  • Record the various stages and what the peak was during observation.
  • In the “Remarks” block record any unusual changes or observations that you feel may be important.
  • Last blocks you will print or type the name of the official who has been in charge of the preparation of the Gage observation form- Official in charge must sign in the signature block to complete.

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