Department or Administrative Unit
The geomorphic consequences of debris flows and their asso- ciated storms have been documented in many parts of the United States. Few, if any, have been studied and documented in central Washington. The importance of recurrent debris flows in sculpting Washington landscapes has not been generally recognized compared to other processes. Arid and semi-arid regions are particularly vulnerable to debris flows triggered by sudden intense thunderstorms. Most such areas are sparsely populated and eyewitnesses are uncommon. By contrast, semi-arid central Washington is relatively well popu- lated, and there are likely to be people who have observed the storms. Such witnesses can help provide a better understanding of the role played by these storms in molding the landscape. What follows is an example.
Kaatz, M. R. (2001). 1998 Debris Flows near the Yakima River, Kittitas County, Washington—Some Geomorphic Implications. Washington Geology, 29(3/4), 3-10.
Spatial Coverage (for ex: Ellensburg, WA)
Kittitas County, Washington