Rainfall frequency: An aspect of climatic variation

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



Analyses which have been made in the past have shown no significant trend in annual values of rainfall during the period of rainfall records in the southwestern United States. In the present study, frequency of daily rains of various sizes are analyzed for four long-record stations in New Mexico. It is shown that the frequency of rains smaller than 0.50 inch in a day progressively increased from 1850 to about 1930. Opposite trends in different size classes tended to partially compensate one another in such a way that trends do not appear in the annual rainfall totals. Frequency of rains of various sizes comprising wet years and dry are compared. Some effects of changes in rainfall frequency on vegetation and erosion are discussed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Rainfall frequency: An aspect of climatic variation
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR032i003p00347
Volume 32
Issue 3
Year Published 1951
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 11 p.
First page 347
Last page 357
Country United States
State New Mexico
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