Floods during 1972 resulted from a variety of meteorological causes, and some were only partially the result of extreme weather events. One flood that was not caused by a major weather event occurred on Buffalo Creek in West Virginia in February; and, although precipitation of moderate to heavy amounts occurred over a fairly large area, the major flooding resulted primarily from dam failure. Of the other major flood events, one resulted from snowmelt during extremely warm periods, four resulted from more or less isolated thunderstorm convective shower activity, three were the result of widespread precipitation associated with active frontal systems, one was the result of precipitation from a tropical storm, and a final one was the result of strong winds around the Great Lakes with possibly some supplemental flooding caused by the associated rain. Several flood events are discussed.

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    • Miller, John F
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 5-11
  • Monograph Title: Highways and the catastrophic floods of 1972
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  • Accession Number: 00159564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022657
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  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM