Water year ends on wet note
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 63, Issue 43, page 825, 26 October 1982
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1982), Water year ends on wet note, Eos Trans. AGU, 63(43), 825–825, doi:10.1029/EO063i043p00825-04.(
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The combined flow of the nation's ‘Big Five’ rivers (Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Columbia, Ohio and Missouri) ended the 1982 water year on a wet note, averaging 617 billion gallons a day (bgd) during September, 33% above normal for the month, according to a check of the nation's water resources by the U.S. Geological Survey.
USGS hydrologists said that for the 1982 water year the nation's overall water picture was in good shape—the combined flow of the Big Five averaging 12% above normal for the year. The wet September finish to a generally good water year was a welcome contrast to the 1981 water year, which was the driest in 5 years, the USGS hydrologists said. (The water year used by hydrologists runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following calendar year and is designed to roughly follow the growing season and to begin and end during a period of generally low streamflow.)