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Normal streamflows for the weekend
Drought area expands

Water news for Sunday, February 11, 2024 - 759 am EST

Streamflow Situation from USGS Waterwatch based on real-time flow monitors across Ohio
As of Sunday, we see more stations rated much below normal in Lake Erie drainage basins, including on the Auglaize, Blanchard, Sandusky and Cuyahoga watersheds. A chance of rain and/or snow for Monday in the Cleveland area may increase streamflow levels on the Lake Erie side of the state divide.

As of this update there are no extreme high or extreme low flows registering in the state network.

Drought map from USGS Waterwatch 7-day average streamflow compared with historic flow for today's date
Auglaize River and Grand River watersheds join the drought map Sunday, rated below normal. Upper Ohio minor tributary Shade River watershed came back to the drought map yesterday at below normal through Meigs and Washington Counties. Middle Ohio minor tributaries Brush-Whiteoak watershed remains below normal Sunday, along with Little Muskingum River watershed area.

The height-of-land divide in Ohio runs from Mercer County in the west angling northeast up to Ashtabula County on the east state border. Streamflows north of the divide feed Lake Erie, flows south of the divide run to the Ohio River, part of the Mississippi River basin that drains the majority of interior North America to the Gulf of Mexico.

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