Floods in Wisconsin: Magnitude and frequency

Open-File Report 61-44
Prepared in cooperation with the State Highway Commission of Wisconsin



Flood data from gaging stations on Wisconsin rivers and streams are listed in this report. From these data, composite frequency curves were defined which express the ratio of floods of various recurrence intervals to the mean annual flood. Multiple correlation techniques were used to obtain formulas that relate the basin parameters of drainage area, main channel slope, and lake and reservoir surface area to the mean annual flood. By combining the results from the mean annual flood formulas with the regional frequency curves, the flood-frequency relationship can be determined for most sites in the State where the drainage basin exceeds 20 square miles. The curves and formulas are not applicable to: main stem of several of the larger rivers, highly regulated streams where it is possible for man to alter flood peaks, and drainage basins under 70 square miles in a part of west-central Wisconsin.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Floods in Wisconsin: Magnitude and frequency
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 61-44
DOI 10.3133/ofr6144
Year Published 1961
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Madison, WI
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description iv, 109 p.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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