The regional persistence and variability of annual streamflow in the United States

@article{Vogel1998TheRP,
  title={The regional persistence and variability of annual streamflow in the United States},
  author={Richard M. Vogel and Yushiou Tsai and James F. Limbrunner},
  journal={Water Resources Research},
  year={1998},
  volume={34},
  pages={3445 - 3459}
}
Inference from individual streamflow records can be extremely misleading, even for large samples. One is often tempted to trust information available from a streamflow record rather than to exploit regional average statistics of those records. This study documents that regional average streamflow statistics usually contain much more information about the variability and persistence of streamflow at a particular site than does the individual streamflow record for that site. Experiments are… 

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