1981 Water year: Dry streams


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More than three fourths of the nation—stretching in a broad band from California east through the Great Plains and blanketing the southeast—experienced a dry ‘water year,’ according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

USGS hydrologists said that over the past 12 months, streamflow averaged well below normal—within the lowest 25% of record—in all or parts of 39 states. Over 60% of the key USGS index gaging stations across the country showed well below normal average streamflow for the water year.