AN INVESTIGATION OF THE RAINFALL DISTRIBUTION OF A MESOSCALE NETWORK IN ECUADOR.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND METEOROLOGY
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This study provides a preliminary investigation of the mesoscale rainfall distribution of two geographical areas. The spatial distribution of rainfall at San Carlos, Ecuador, is compared with the spatial distribution at Riesel, Texas. This study is based upon four methods of investigation isohyetal patterns, contingency index, product-moment correlation coefficient, and depth-area relations. The basic data for this study was the daily rainfall of the 1964 wet season December 23, 1963 to April 29, 1964 at San Carlos and the daily rainfall of the 1960-1964 warm seasons May through September at Riesel. The isohyetal patterns and the depth-area relations show that rainfall often varies greatly over short distances. A relationship exists between the contingency index and the correlation coefficient and plots of these parameters indicate that the wet season rainfall distribution at San Carlos is similar to the warm season rainfall distribution at Riesel. Author