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After a wet December that produced record high streamflows in many states, flows generally decreased during January, although many streams in the Gulf Coast region and the West were still flowing at rates well above average for this time of year, according to the regular monthend check of national water conditions by the U.S. Geological Survev (USGS).

USGS hydrologists said that only 35% of the 171 key index gaging stations across the country reported streamflows that were well above average during January. In contrast, 73% of these key gaging stations had reported well above average flows in December. The number of stations reporting well below normal flows increased from 13 stations (7%) in December to 25 stations (14%) in January.