•For fitting purposes any heavily tailed model may be equally valid or wrong (subsampling).•For prediction purposes, a specific selection of statistical models is required.•Power law with cutoff (PLCO) is more predictive than power law without cutoff (PL).•MADE-5 test best-fitted with PLCO and PL models result in two different slopes.•Tailing in highly heterogeneous media predicted using a PLCO based model without fitting parameters.
Advances in Water Resources – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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