Climate and floods

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Abstract

Floods are caused by weather phenomena and events that deliver more precipitation to a drainage basin than can be readily absorbed or stored within the basin. The kinds of weather phenomena and events that cause floods include intense convective thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes, extratropical cyclones and frontal passages, and rapid snowmelt. These individual meteorological processes are part of a larger climatic framework that determines: 1) the seasonal availability and large-scale delivery pathways of atmospheric moisture, 2) the seasonal frequency, typical locations, and degree of persistence of the weather phenomena that release the delivered moisture, and 3) the seasonal variation of climate-related, land-surface conditions that affect flood runoff, such as antecedent soil moisture or snow cover. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUS Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper
Pages67-88
Number of pages22
Volume2375
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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weather
climate
atmospheric moisture
thunderstorm
snowmelt
drainage basin
snow cover
hurricane
land surface
persistence
seasonal variation
soil moisture
moisture
basin
extratropical cyclone
flood runoff

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Hirschboeck, K. (1991). Climate and floods. In US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper (Vol. 2375, pp. 67-88)

Climate and floods. / Hirschboeck, Katherine.

US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper. Vol. 2375 1991. p. 67-88.

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Hirschboeck, K 1991, Climate and floods. in US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper. vol. 2375, pp. 67-88.
Hirschboeck K. Climate and floods. In US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper. Vol. 2375. 1991. p. 67-88
Hirschboeck, Katherine. / Climate and floods. US Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper. Vol. 2375 1991. pp. 67-88
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