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High Flows Scattered Across Nation
CONDITIONS IN FLORIDA CONTINUE TO IMPROVE SLOWLY
Broad areas of precipitation, particularly in the western and central U.S., have raised streamflows significantly along the California coast, the middle Mississippi and Ohio River valleys on Wednesday. Water levels above flood stage were being reported at seven streamgages this morning: three in Florida, and one each in Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas. In addition, approximately 100 streamgages are on track to set new record high flows for today's date.
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AREA AFFECTED BY LOW FLOWS IN THE WEST CONTINUES TO DECREASE
The area affected by hydrologic drought and below-normal streamflow in the western U.S. has slowly but consistently decreased through the summer of 2004. As of Thursday, August 19, 7-day median streamflows between the 6th and 9th percentile for the period, corresponding to moderate hydrologic drought, were being observed in the Upper Missouri, Musselshell, and White-Yampa River basins. No basins were reporting severe (<5th percentile) or extreme (new record low) hydrologic drought. The USGS Drought Watch map provides access to more detailed State-level information on hydrologic drought.
FEDERAL & STATE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF STREAMGAGES
On October 1, 2004, Federal and State budget problems will result in the discontinuation of data collection at streamgages in several States. Although historic data will remain accessible, no new data will be collected at a number of streamgages in: