November streamflow into the Chesapeake Bay was the second highest on record for the month, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
With data for the first 11 months of the year, the USGS said 2003 was already assured of being one of the three wettest years recorded since the agency began monitoring streamflows into the Bay in 1937.
With a normal flow in December, calendar year 2003 would have the third highest annual flow into the Chesapeake. But if flows are above normal, it’s possible 2003 could end up having the highest freshwater flows on record, according to the USGS.
November flows averaged 99.2 billion gallons a day, three times more than the monthly average, and second only to November 1985, which had a 113 bgd average.
Flows have been above average every month since March 2003, which contributed to higher than normal amounts of nutrients and sediments entering the Bay, resulting in some of the poorest water quality conditions on record during the year.
More information about monthly streamflow into the Bay may be found at http://chesapeake.usgs.gov/