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Hydrology Summary Bulletin – February 2024

The EPA hydrology bulletin for February is now available to download. Rainfall was above the long-term average in most locations. 64% of river flows were above the long-term normal range with increases in flow generally observed in the south and west.  Average groundwater levels in February were higher at 53% of monitoring wells compared to January.


February 2024 was a mild and wet Atlantic weather dominated month. Rainfall was above average
everywhere, highest in the southwest.

The monthly average river flows for February increased at half of all monitoring sites since January,
with 64% of river flows being above the long-term normal for February, while 54% of lake and
turlough monitoring stations observed levels above the long-term normal range for this month.

Average monthly groundwater levels increased, 51% of monitoring wells recorded levels above the
long-term average for February. Out of the six spring flows monitored 3 were in the ‘normal’ range,
while 3 were classified as being ‘above normal’.

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Monthly average river flows for February 2024 relative to historic monthly average flows expressed as percentile of the long-term values of monthly flow. All data are provisional and may be subject to revision (Source: EPA, OPW).

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