Floods in Arkansas, magnitude and frequency

Open-File Report 62-99


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This report presents methods by which the magnitude and frequency of expected floods for most streams in Arkansas may be determined. Flood data have been used to define flood-frequency curves applicable to the State.

Composite frequency curves have been defined showing the relation of the mean annual flood to floods having recurrence intervals of 1. 2 to 50 years. Other curves express the relation of the mean annual flood to drainage basin characteristics. For the northern part of the State, it was found that the slope of the composite frequency curve varies with drainage area size, and an adjustment curve was drawn for use in conjunction with the composite curve for this area.

By combining data from the composite and mean annual flood curves a flood-frequency curve may be drawn for any stream in Arkansas, not materially affected by works of man, within the limits of drainage area and recurrence interval defined by base data.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Floods in Arkansas, magnitude and frequency
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 62-99
DOI 10.3133/ofr6299
Year Published 1961
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Fort Smith, Arkansas
Description iv, 128 p.
Country United States
State Arkansas
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