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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3093–3103, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3093-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3093–3103, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3093-2017

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On the probability distribution of daily streamflow in the United States

Annalise G. Blum et al.

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Flow duration curves are ubiquitous in surface water hydrology for applications including water allocation and protection of ecosystem health. We identify three probability distributions that can provide a reasonable fit to daily streamflows across much of United States. These results help us understand of the behavior of daily streamflows and enhance our ability to predict streamflows at ungaged river locations.