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        North American Monsoon Weather Pattern

        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.

        North American Monsoon Weather Pattern

        This NASA visualization tracks a seasonal weather pattern known as the North American Monsoon, showing how precipitation influences soil moisture.

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        Precipitation and Soil Moisture Data Descriptions: Annotated Image

        This image from a NASA visualization describes the two datasets represented—precipitation and soil moisture—and points out examples of interactions between the two variables.

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