The frequency of precipitation days in the Yangtze River basin


This paper explores the frequency of precipitation days to better understand flood potential by using different percentiles in the Yangtze River basins from 1950 to 2000. The positive (increasing) trends of the precipitation days at the 75th and the 95th percentile are analysed on both yearly and decadal scales. Some interesting facts have been revealed through this study. It is observed that the precipitation days at the 75th percentile increase more than that of the 95th percentile in the basin. This explains that the yearly increasing precipitation is due to excessive rains and not heavy rains. Also, through the trends (positive and negative), the variation of yearly precipitation days can be classified.

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