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Extreme flooding in Arizona during the winter of 1993 resulted from a nearly optimal combination of flood-enhancing factors involving hydroclimatology, hydro-meteorology, and physiography. The floods of January and February 1993 were the result of record precipitation from the passage of an unusually high number of winter storm fronts. These fronts moved across Arizona as part of an exceptionally active storm track that was located unusually far south. The number of individual storms that entered the region and the relative position of each storm track in relation to previous storms was reflected in a complex spatial and temporal distribution of...

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