Accession Number : ADA118977

Title :   Flash Flooding Events in South Central Texas.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Utley,Tom Wilson , Jr

PDF Url : ADA118977

Report Date : Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This study examined 16 cases of flash flooding, reported in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Storm Data publication, which occurred in the spring months of April through June for the 8-year period from 1973 through 1980. The area studied was bounded by the cities of Victoria, Del Rio, and Stephenville making a nearly equilateral triangle in south central Texas. A synoptic analysis indicated that all of the flooding events occurred with synoptic-scale convective rainfall activity and that rainfall was reported in the area for at least 48 hours prior to flooding. Synoptic analysis failed to verify a 'frontal' model. With the use of rawinsonde data from Del Rio, Victoria, and Stephenville, facsimile charts, and rain data, 18 meteorological elements were developed for statistical analysis. This analysis revealed a fair correlation between stability indices and moisture content indicators, and the potential for flash flooding. Decision logic tables were developed using linear regression equations in concert with rainfall information. When applied to the 8-year data base and to flash flooding events which occurred in 1981 they proved to be excellent predictors. When compared to the 1981 National Weather Service Quantitative Precipitation Forecast guidance they proved superior for operational use.

Descriptors :   *Rainfall, *Flooding, Texas, South(Direction), Meteorological data, Statistical analysis, Logic, Weather forecasting, Theses

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE