1996 Was A Very Wet Year And Early 1997 Continues The Pace

January 29, 1997

Streamflow was well above normal in about half the country last year and with the major flooding in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest over the New Year and again in late January, the trend seems to be continuing right into 1997, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Of the 173 key index stations in the USGS reporting network of streamgaging stations across the country, 50 percent of the stations recorded flows for 1996 that were well above normal -- in the highest 25 percent of the historic record. On the drier side, well below normal flows -- within the lowest 25 percent of record -- were recorded at 29 percent of the stations, mostly in the Southwest, Gulf Coast area and Florida.

The wet trend is evident on both coasts:
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US Geological Survey

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