Flooding in the US has been responsible for billions of dollars in damages as well as hundreds of deaths. The danger of flooding is magnified on rivers that have no controls of any kind to regulate discharge during flooding events. This study uses a detailed hydroclimatic analysis to categorize floods of the Red River at Clay City, Powell County, Kentucky using homogenous subgroups based on the atmospheric mechanism responsible for each flood. The subgroups are then plotted on histograms. The results show that the majority of floods in Clay City occur between January and March due to frontal boundary systems. The shape of the distribution suggests that the subgroups created are mostly homogenous with the individual climate mechanisms directly linked to the amount of discharge.
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