Secular variations in streamflow in the western United States.

D. M. Meko, C. W. Stockton

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Long-term streamflow series in the western United States were examined for evidence of secular changes related to climate. Streamflow series contained appreciable low-frequency variation related to the combined influence of temperature and precipitation. Correlation analyses and examination of drought years revealed a strong tendency for anomalies of opposite sign in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. Drought in the Upper Colorado Basin was statistically independent of drought in the Pacific Northwest. Under exceptional meteorological conditions (e.g., water-year 1976-77), however, low flows occurred over a vast area from the Northwest coast to the mountains of central Arizona. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)889-897
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Climate & Applied Meteorology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1984

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