Temporal Distribution of Rainfall in Virginia: Final Report

Report No: 85-R29

Published in 1984

About the report:

The temporal distribution of Virginia rainstorms was examined by statistically analyzing approximately 1,400 storm events recorded throughout the state. Rainfall time distribution curves were constructed and were compared with several nationally recognized curves such as the Huff quartile curves and the Soil Conservation Service Type II curves. Significant differences were found between the Virginia distribution and the national curves. No regional variation was observed in rainfall distribution for storms of six hours or longer duration, However, regional variation was appreciable for short duration storms. Design rainfall distribution curves, as well as equations describing the curves, are presented in this report.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Shaw L. Yu, Pixie A. Hamilton, Charles E. Kent

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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