Oklahoma-Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi Regional Probable Maximum Precipitation

  • PMP calculations
  • Precipitation Frequency
  • SPAS Storm Analyses
  • GIS Scripting
  • Meteorological database development
  • Gridded rainfall for model calibration

Probable Maximum Precipitation depths were developed for the four state region covering Oklahoma-Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi.  This covered thousands of dams, many of which are classified as high hazard.  PMP depths for durations from 1-hour through 120-hours and included storm specific temporal patterns.  All outputs were provided in a gridded database via AWA’s PMP tool. 

In comparison to the NWS Hydrometeorological Reports 51 and 55A, the new study provides:

  • Reproducible Results
  • Gridded dataset within GIS platform relies on computer analysis versus human interpretation of contours
  • Inlcuded 60 years of new data that resulted in including several new storms for analysis that were not accounted for in the HMRs
  • PMP results island-wide
  • Includes temporal distributions
  • Includes gridded rainfall data for mode calibration

The new PMP estimates are available for the entire region, down to a single grid level.  This information allows for hydrologic analyses to be completed for any location and for all durations. 

When compared to previous PMP depths, the updated values from this study resulted in a wide range of reductions for most basin sizes and storm durations, with some regions resulting in minor increases. PMP depths are highest along the Gulf Coast where Hurricane landfall affects the region and in the elevated terrain of central and western Arkansas where terrain plays a major role in rainfall.  These spatial variations in PMP depth, match the general weather patterns of the region related to moisture availability, topography, and storm dynamics. 

Data, assumptions, and analysis techniques used in this study have been reviewed and accepted by the by an independent reviewers, as well as study participants from the USACE, NRCS, and FERC.

Probable Maximum Precipitation depths for the four-state region of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi