Learn about the North American Monsoon, a typical weather pattern that occurs seasonally in parts of the United States and Mexico, with this visualization from NASA. The visualization shows how storms develop, evolve, and move across North America as well as how levels of soil moisture change in response to the precipitation. The interaction between the two variables is illustrated through colors that represent the amounts and types of precipitation and levels of soil moisture. An annotated image that helps students interpret the visualization is included.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.