Flood Events Archive: 2003
||Northern Afghanistan - Mazar region - Balkh Province. Shor Tapa District. Shortapa village.
||Four villages in Shor Tapa District affected by flooding as of Jan 20.
MODIS observation on Jan 22 of Amu Daria River in Balkh province shows no visible flooding.
||Northern Afghanistan - Balkh Province - Districts: Nahr-e Shahi, Marmol, Sholgara. Towns/villages: Zerahat, Ulmarab, Choghdak, Nowabad, Qala-e Mir. Mazar-i-Sharif, Paykondara, Jangali, Diamerak and Boryabagh.
Kunduz province - Districts: Khanabad, Chahardara, Dasht-e-Arch and Alibad.
Samangan province - Doab district
||Konduz Province - 11 people were killed, 476 houses were destroyed and 2,000 people lost their homes.
||Western Afghanistan - Herat Province - Golran and Kushk
||100 houses destroyed. Crops on "thousands of jeribs" of land destroyed.
||Central Afghanistan - Parwan province - Shomali plains north of Kabul. Districts: Sayyed Khayl, Jabal-us-Siraj. Ashodoaba.
||Gorband River rose overnight causing flash floods. Three children missing, 200 families had to be evacuated by helicopter from Shomali plains. 200 houses damaged in Parwan. Shomali plains are regularly flooded in wet season.
||Southern Afghanistan - Helmand Province - Districts: Baghraan, Kajaki. Sokhtray
||Days of heavy rain trigger floods. 25 people missing. Farmland destroyed. Roads blocked from Delaram to Helmand and from Kandahar to Spin Buldak.
""District elders say they haven't seen such bad floods in 25-30 years"" ""Local elders said that such destructive floods had not been seen in the province in last 50 years.""
MODIS observation of Helmand River on April 21, it is usually not visible to MODIS.
||Northern Afghanistan - Konduz Province - Khanabad area. Poyen, Ektash.
||Hundreds of hectares of crops destroyed by floods (600 jeribs)
||Central Afghanistan - Logar Province - Baraki Barak, Charkh and Khirwar
||Thousands of people stranded on high ground. Dozens of houses destroyed, 1,000 jeribs of land destroyed.
||Northeast Afghanistan - Baghlan Province - Districts: Doshi, Khost-o-Fereng, Nahrin. Qarqol, Pul-i-Khumri
Kunduz Province - Khanabad
Takhar Province -
Panjshir Valley - Talkha, Bazarak and Changgram
||Heavy rains leading to periods repeated of flash flooding. Over 100 houses destroyed or damaged. Land mines unearthed by flash floods pose a danger to civilians in Nahrin district. "Large swathes of arable land were also covered in mud in the northeast provinces of Baghlan and Takhar
||Northeastern Afghanistan - Northern Badakhshan province - Ragh and Nawsi Districts. villages: Chashma, Asif and others.
||News report from June 21 says floods happened "recently". Landslides and floods. 25 houses destroyed in Chashma village. 300 farms damaged and 190 animals killed in the province. Hundreds of jeribs of orchards and farmland damaged (one jerib is equal to 44 sq.m.)
||Northeastern Afghanistan - Northern Badakhshan province bordering Tajikstan - Darwaz District
||Serious damage to six villages. One thousand jeribs of agricultural land destroyed. 30 water mills destroyed.
||Northeast Afghanistan - Takhar Province - Shurto and 5 other villages.
||river floods have endangered the lives of hundreds of people living along the river, and that people in at least five villages are feared to have been displaced
||Central Afghanistan - Logar Province - Mohammad Agha district.
||70 houses destroyed and 100 hectares of agricultural land damaged, 50 head of cattle killed.
||Central Afghanistan - Bamiyan province - Ghandak Valley - Shibar district
||50 houses destroyed, 24 people missing in "recent heavy flooding"
||Paktia Province - Zadran region, Sar Hawzah, Gomal, Orgun, Zerok.
Ghanzi Province - Jani Khel, Yosuf Khel, Mata Khan.
Other Povinces: Wardak, Khost, Logar, Kapisa.
||More than a week of rain kill 9 people and sweep away "a great number of animals and inflicted heavy damage to agricultural fields
||Kapisa Province - Panjshir Valley - Villages: Ghalghala, Shahre Belande Pawat and Aftasyab.
||Heavy rains cause the mud walls of a reservior to collapse - a hillside village destroyed with floods and landslides. 5 people stilll missing, 400 cattle killed. There are conflicting reports on whether the dam was natural or man made.
||Eastern Afghanistan - Konar Province
||No exact location given in news report. 3 days of heavy rain cause heavy losses around "the woodland reservoir in the area". Heavy property losses, 3 deaths.
||Southeastern Bangladesh - Districts: Chittagong, Khagrachari, Bhola and Feni . Cox's Bazar, Hatiya Island.
||Landslides and floods. A coastal protection dam overwhelmed by waves from Bay of Bengal, 100,000 stranded in Hatiya sub-district. 5,000 displaced in Khagrachari district. 20,000 people stranded in inundated villages in Chittagong district.
BANGLADESH and INDIA
||Bangladesh: Districts: Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sylhet, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Comilla, Sirajganj, Bogra, Jamalpur, Pabna, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsindi, Narayanganj, Kishoreganj, Rajbari, Madaripur, Chandpur. Feni, Faridpur. Dhaka area. Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj.
Assam State - Districts: Nalbari, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Dhemaji, Nagoan, Lakhimpur, Kamrup, Darrang, Jorhat, Goalpara, Dhubri, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Dhubri, Morigaon. Majuli island.
Bihar State - Districts: Madhubani, Gopalganj, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Saran, Saharsa, Supaul, Purnea, Kishanganj, West and East Champaran, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Khagaria, Katihar, Purnia, Madhepura, Vaishali. Patna area. Munger, Bhagalpur, Kahalgaon and Farakka.
Tripura State - South Tripura District. Battala, Baishnabpur, Chotkhil, and Gangfera.
West Bengal State - Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Murshidabad.
Uttar Pradesh - districts: Mainpuri, Azamgarh, Etah, Ghazipur, Ballia, Fatehpur, Ankinghat and Paliakala. Lucknow area. Jaunpur. Turtipar and Rae Bareli.
New Delhi area.
Sikkim State -
||June 13: First wave of floods hits Assam, India displacing 400,000. June 23: Flooding spreads in northern Bangladesh.
June 27: Second wave of flooding in Assam displaces 470,000. Main Brahmaputra river has breached its banks at several places. Dhemaji district in Assam has been cut off from the rest of the country since June 12.
June 30: 10,000 people homeless in Tripura and 100,000 people displaced in Bihar.
July 7 - 1 million homeless in Bangladesh and 100 dead; 926,000 displaced and 20 dead in northeast India. July 8 - Bihar: 5 dead, 150,000 people displaced.
July 10 - flooding begins in Uttar Pradesh state. July 12 - Assam: 2.3 million homeless, 20 of 24 districts inundated; 125,000 hectares crops destroyed.
July 16 - Assam: 3.7 million homeless and 22 dead. 2.5 million hectares damaged crop land. Flooding described as worst in 50 years. Bihar: 1.2 million displaced.
July 18 - Bangladesh: 175 dead, 3.5 million homeless, 267,600 hectares crops destroyed.
July 24- floodwaters begin receding in northeastern India and parts of Bangladesh.
July 28 - 370,000 hectares farmland waterlogged in Bangladesh.
August 7 - Flood situation in north Bihar remains ""grim"" on Ganga, Ghaghra, Gandak, Kosi, Burhi Gandak and Bagmati rivers.
August 25 - 200 villages washed away in Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh when dam on Ghagra breaches.
September 10 -24 - Flooding continuing in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states along Ganges river. Worst flooding in a decade in Uttar Pradesh
September 16-18 - New flooding in northwestern Bangladesh, 50,000 homeless.
October 8 - flooding continues in Bangladesh and northeastern India.
MODIS observations: Meghna river valley flooded and Bramaputra river at high levels on June 16 and 20. Observations of high levels on Ganges river begin in early Septmeber and continue through October.
||Southern China - Guangdong province - Meizhou, Heyuan and Shaoguan cities.
Southern Hunan province - Linwu county. Chansha, Henyang. Huaihua.
Jiangxi province - Jian city. Ganzhou. Guangchang county.
Fujian province - Sanming City. Jiangle County.
||19 different counties throughout Hunan have been affected by the flooding. May 16-17 - 2,440 houses and 26,370 hectares of crops destroyed in Guangdong. A levee burst and flooded a mining camp in Linwu county, Hunan. Jiangxi - Water levels in Poyang Lake rose by 1.43 m. By May 19 the Yangtze River had already surpassed its flood-water point by 58 centimeters. 260,000 hectares of farmland have been inundated in Hunan province.
||Central China - Hubei and Sichuan Provinces
Yichang, Sandouping - Three Gorges Dam filling reservoir from Yichang to Fengdu in Chongqing Municipality
||The reservoir officially started storing water on June 1. The water level behind the dam has reached 135 meters as of June 10. When the reservoir is full the water level is expected to reach 175 meters behind the dam, creating a 632 sq km reservoir that will flood two cities, 11 counties, 116 towns and the gorges of Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling. Construction on the worlds largest dam began in 1993 and has cost over $22 billion. 1.3 million people have been forcibly relocated by the Chinese government.
November 5 - water level at Three Gorges Reservoir reaches 139 meters.
||Northwest China - Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region - Ili River valley. Counties: Nilka, Gongliu, Tekes.
||A night-long torrential rainstorm caused floods and landslides in the Ili River valley. 2,000 houses and barns in three towns destroyed. 3,000 livestock killed. 100 cars trapped on a washed out highway. Additional flooding, landslides and mudslides reported throughout the Xinjiang region in the first half of June.
||China "Eastern, central and southern China - Yangtze basin
Zhejiang Province - Jinyun County - Lishui city.
Jiangxi Province - Xinjian county. Nanchang. Northern areas.
Sichuan Province - Chongqing, Ganzi, Aba, Guangyuan, Bazhong, Danba.
Jiangsu Province - Nanjing area
Hunan Province - Huaihua, Zhangjiajie
Hubei Province - Zigui, Wuhan area.
Shaanxi Province - Ningqiang County, Shaanxi
Guangxi Province -
Guizhou Province - Xishui district
Gansu Province - Zhang County
||Widespread floods and landslides. Jiangxi: 7,000 people rescued in Xinjian county. Sichuan: 20 dead, 14,000 houses destroyed in landslides. Guangxi: 15 dead and at least 17 missing in floods. Hunan: $ 217 million in economic losses. Guizhou: "mountain torrent engulfed 24 people". Hubei: landslides kill 13, 7 missing. July 4: 21 killed in landslides in Chongqing and Sichuan regions. July 10 - middle reaches of Yangtze River exceed the flood warning level . Yangtze tributary Lishui exceeds 1952 record levels at Jinshi. July 12 - Landslides kill 51 in Danba, Sichuan. July 14 - first major flood crest of Yangtze enters Jingjiang in Hubei Province, the river level is one meter above "warning level". July 15 - Lake Poyang level rises above "alert lines". July 16 - Worst flooding since 1964 in parts of of Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces. China total deaths this year from flooding and landslides: 609. Total farmland affected: 9.44 million hectares (includes DFO-2003-155).
Anhui Province - counties: Funan, Huoqiu, Yingshang, Chuxian. - Wangjiaba, Mengwa, Bengbu.
Henan Province - counties: Xixian, Xuyi.
Jiangsu Province - Huaiyuan City. Hongze Lake area.
||Heavy rain since June 21. July 3 - floodgates at Wangjiaba are opened for the 13th time since 1949 inundating 12,000 ha farmland, most serious flooding on Hauihe in 12 years. 20,000 evacuated before the flood water was diverted. July 6 - record level on Huaihe river: 26.22 metres at the Lutaizi (previous record 26m in 1991). Major dike on Tangduo lake blasted.
July 7- 32,000 homes destroyed and a further 120,000 damaged; 5,700 villages inundated. Highest levels since 1949 in Xuyi county, Jiangsu. July 14 - Huaihe River dropping in Anhui, still rising in Jiangsu. Huaihe river below ""danger level"" on July 16. Total damages are less than 1991 flood despite record high levels. Total of nine diversion areas used in flooding.
July 21-23 - Haui River is rising again, well above ""warning level"" due to more rain in upper reaches. Haui falls below ""danger level"" on July 28.
August 3 - flood emergency declared over on Hongze Lake and lower reaches of Huai River, however hundreds of thousands are still unable to return home for another 20 days.
MODIS observation of high water on Huai River begin on June 28;
additional observations on July 7, 12, 23 and 25.
||Northwest China - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region - Tianshan Mountain area, Kazak Autonomous County Barkol.
||Continuous rain since July 11. 1,000 houses and barns destroyed, more than 20,000 people "affected" by flooding
||Northeast China - Western Heilongjiang Province. Counties: Gannan, Yi'an and four others
||Heavy rains July 26-28. Nenjiang River tributary Yalu begins to flood at Nianzishan hydrological station on July 27. Main Nenjiang river ""also close to alarm level"" Gannon county - 215 houses and 33,000 hectares crops destroyed. 24 cities and counties affected by floods throughout Heilongjiang.
MODIS observations of high levels on the Nen river begin on July 30. By late August levels on the upper Nen are falling, while the Songhua river around Harbin is rising. By last week in September the Songhua is falling, but there are still high levels around the Nen Songhua confluence throughout mid-October. By November 3 flooding has receded.
A QuikSCAT anomaly corresponds with flooding on the upper reaches of the Nen River in western Heilongjiang Province
||Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces - Fugu area.
||July 30 -Yellow river breached banks in ""an unexpected, sudden flood""; caused by moderate and heavy rains in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. The Fugu Hydrological Station recorded its largest water flow ever (13,000 cubic meters per second). Flooding described as a ""swift, high crest but was limited in capacity"". By the time it enters Sanmenxi Reservoir in Henan Province on August 1 the flood crest had smoothed out.
QuikSCAT anomaly along the middle reaches of the Yellow River in Shaanxi and Shanxi Provinces week ending August 5.
||Tibet and surrounding areas.
Qinghai province - Nangchen county, Kyegudo town in Yushu Prefecture.
||Severe flooding and hail storms ""in recent weeks"". Extensive crop damage. 26 bridges, 140 homes and 62 government buildings destroyed in Nangchen county. 67 houses destroyed in Kyegudo.
MODIS observation of swollen rivers in Tibet on August 2, 5, 6, 8, 17, 22.
Shaanxi Province - Counties: Huaxian, Ningshan, Xunyang, Luonan. Towns: Weinan and surroundings, Yongquan, Shangluo, Baoji, Tongchuan, Ankang, Huayin. Baoji, Xianyang, Chengcheng.
Gansu Province - Qingyang, Pingliang, Wuwei, Tianshui, Dingxi and Longnan. Qingyang City
Henan Province - dike breach in Lankao County.
Hubei Province - Yunxi County
Inner Mongolia - Urad Qianqi region
Shandong Province - Dongming County
||Largest and longest rainfall in Shaanxi Province for 42 years begins on August 24 and last through September 19. Landslides and flooding reported one third of the province. Over 50 rivers in flood. 22 year record floods reported on Weihe river on September 1 at Weinan city. Embankments near Weinan burst - 250,000 homeless, 38 dead, 34 missing; 318,000 hectares crops flooded; 11,900 homes destroyed. Heavy rains return from September 27 to October 3 prolonging flooding on the Wei river.
Gansu - 7,575 homes or cave-houses destroyed. Three reservoirs damaged. 13,870 hectares of croplands ""affected"".
Henan - 17,000 houses destroyed. Dike breach in Lankao county
Hubei - 20 year flooding on the Han River, a Yangtze tributary.
Inner Mongolia - dike burst in Urad Qianqi region near Yellow river causes five villages to be evacuated.
Shandong - Yellow river floods 135 villages in Dongming county for over a month; waters recede by November 12.
MODIS observations of flooding along lower Wei river near Xian on September 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 24 and October 7, 15, 20, 21, 22.
Flooding on Wei receding October 27, 30, 31.
MODIS observations of high levels on the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia on September 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and October 3, 5.
MODIS observations of flooding along Yellow River below Kaifeng in
Henan on October 15, 16, 20, 23, 24, 26, 30, November 1.
||Sichuan Province - Shimian County, Xieluo Township. Cities: Ya'an, Ziyang. Danba county
||Heavy rainstorms cause floods and landslides.
||Southeastern China - Fujian Province - Yongtai County - towns of Songkou and Changqing
||Torrential weekend rains destroy 140 houses and 9 bridges in mountainous Yongtai county.
||Typhoon Imbudo "South China - Guangdong Province - cities: Yangjiang, Luoding, Zhanjiang, Maoming
Guangxi Province -
Northern Hainan Island - Haikou, Wenshan.
||Typhoon Imbudo brings heavy rains and high tides to southern China. 30,000 were evacuated from Yangjiang in advance of landfall of the typhoon. 4,500 houses destroyed in Yangjiang city, which suffered 560 million yuan in damages. Record rainfall on northern Hainan Island. "Many cities in Guangdong and on Hainan island were flooded by Imbudo while dykes, reservoirs and houses were destroyed
||China and Vietnam- Typhoon Krovanh "Southern China - Hainan - Haikou city
Guangxi - Beihai city
Northern Vietnam - Quang Ninh province
||Haikou city knee deep in water.
||Western India - Gujarat State - Panchmahals, South Gujarat. Districts: Bharuch, Surat, Narmada, The Dangs
||Quikscat shows new water in southern Gujarat region week ending June 23.
||Southwestern India - Karnataka State - Dakshina Kannada District - Mangalore city area. Vittla, Bajal, Sullia.
||Thirteen houses collapsed and 170 were partially damaged. Most low-lying areas in the Mangalore area inundated. "severe damage to property" Landslides block roads
||Madhya Pradesh State - Sardar Sarovar dam at Kevadia overflows
Eastern and Southern Gujarat State: Districts: Bharuch, Vadodara. Narmada, Navsari, Sabarkantha, Mehsana. Ankleshwar.
||Heavy rains over 3 days cause more than 50 irrigation dams (out of total 184) in Madhya Pradesh to overflow. Water relased from Tawa Dam in Madhya Pradesh causes Sardar Sarovar dam to overflow.
||Andara Pradesh State - Adilabad district. Talamadugu, Kadam, Ichoda, Indervelli, Utnoor, Rayapatnam.
||673 houses inundated. 5 bridges washed away. 2,000 acres of standing crop underwater in Kadam area.
||Orissa State - Districts: Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Puri, Balangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Gajapati, Baragarh, Koraput, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Angul. Luna-Chitrotpala, Luna-Karandia and Luna-Paika deltaic regions. Banki.
||Heavy rainfall causes Mahanadi and tributarties to flood; at leat 901 villages submerged. 3 million homeless in Orissa. Thousands marooned on Mahanadi and Taladanda canal embankments. September 10 - at least 1,397 villages submerged.
October 8 - torrential rains from a low pressure weather system on the Bay of Bengal cause more flooding in Orissa - 500 villages submerged.
MODIS observation of flooding in Cuttak area of Orissa on September 7, 9, 14 and October 11, 12, 14. Flooding largely receded by October 30, by November 14 Orissa looks dry.
||Irawaddy River Valley
||No news reports. Detected by monitoring MODIS imagery on July 7. Flooding had increased significantly around Chindwin-Irawaddy confluence on July 9 MODIS image. Flooding along middle Irrawaddy waning in mid August, but still visible in mid-September.
||Districts: Baglung, Baitadi, Banke, Bara, Bhojpur, Chitwan, Dang, Dhading, Dhanusha, Dolakha, Gorkha, Gulmi, Humla, Ilam, Jajarkot, Jhapa, Kabhre, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Kapilvastu, Kaski, Khotang, Lamjung, Mahottari, Makwanpur, Morang, Myagdi, Nawalparasi, Nuwakot, Okhaldunga, Parvat, Parsa, Rasuwa, Rauthat, Rukum, Rupandehi, Sarlahi, Saptari, Sindhuli, Siraha, Solukhumbu, Sunsari, Syangja, Tanahun, Taplejung, Terathum and Udayapur .
||Moonsonal rain causes widespread separate incidents of flooding and landslides throughout Nepal. Farmlands and dozens of houses washed away; highways, water pipelines and other infrastructures damaged. July 17 - 993 houses have been destroyed throughout Nepal. Weed ending August 1 - 58 more people killed and 30 missing in fresh landslides. Floods have extensively damaged Marsyangdi hydro-electric power station in west Nepal. 30 of Nepal's 75 districts affected by floods and lanslides.
||Pyuthan district - Syauliwang
Rolpa district - Gajul and Dhabang
||Days of heavy rain overflow Jhimruk and Mandavi rivers into Syauliwant village. The areas worst flooding in 40 years. Landslides in Rolpa district.
||Kashmir Region - Neelum Valley, Bagh district, Muzaffarabad area.
||Avalanches, landslides and floods caused by snow and rain.
||Northern Pakistan - Dir district - Warri, Barkand and Gandi Gari villages in Nihag Darra town.
||Heavy overnight rains cause flash flooding in Dir district. 30 dead, 20 injured, 6 missing.
PAKISTAN and AFGHANISTAN
||Pakistan - Provinces: Baluchistan, Sindh. Quetta area. Boztop. Gwadar. Gadab near Karachi. Hyderabad. Gadap and Surjani.
Eastern Afghanistan - Kandahar area
||In Hyderabad a 30-year record has been broken with 105 millimetres of rain in 12 hours.
MODIS observations of flooding in lower Indus valley and near Quetta on Feb 19 and 20.
PAKISTAN and INDIA
||Pakistan - Sindh province: Karachi and Hyderabad areas. Districts: Badin, Thatta, Tharparkar, Larkana, Shikarpur, Nawabshah, Dadu, Karachi, Hyderabad.
Balochistan Province: Districts: Jafarabad, Naseerabad, Bolan, Jhal Magsi, Harnai, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Turbat, Awaran, Machh, Harnai, Kalat.
Punjab Province: Districts: Sialkot, Narowal, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. Jalalabad, Jhakkarpur, Bhakri, Thatti, Hamadpur, Rajapur.
Northwestern India - Rajasthan State: Jaipur area.
Himachal Pradesh State: Garsa area of Kullu district, Baijnath area of Kangra district .
Gujarat State - Ahmadabad, Valseed and Dahood. Rann of Kutch area: Nakhatrana, Mundra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Lakhpat. Banni and Khavda region. Rajkot city.
||Monsoon rains damaged hundreds of homes and ruptured a small dam in Sindh, Pakistan. Five children killed in flash floods in Rajasthan after years of drought. Flash floods in Gursa valley in Himachal Pradesh kill at least 30 on July 16. July 28 - 5000 villages flooded in Sindh Province. ""Meteorologists say this year's monsoon rains broke a 10-year record, with 292 millimetres of rain falling in 24 hours in the district of Badin over the weekend"". Rann of Kutch area in Gujarat State received ""more than half its annual rain in 24 hours"" on July 26. Parts of the ancient ruins of Dholavira in eastern Kutch inundated by floods. Worst flooding since 1994 in Sindh, Pakistan. August 11 - Sindh: 178 dead; 141,643 hectares crops destroyed; 1,000 square kilometers flooded; worst monsoon in a decade in southern Pakistan. At least 400 villages in Badin district were washed away leaving 300,000 homeless. Balochistan: 400,000 acres crops damaged. Pakistan total deaths: 231. Floods begin subsiding in southern Pakistan on August 4. August 13 - Chenab River sweeps away 15 villages in Punjab.
August 21 - roads in Sindh province still flooded up to 2 meters deep. August 23-5 - 23 people killled by flooding in Ahmadabad city and Gujarat state
MODIS observations of high levels on the Indus river begin in mid June.
Southern Pakistan and along the Indus Valley exhibit wetter surface conditions compared to this time last year according to QuikSCAT data.