Learn about patterns in global precipitation with this gallery of data visualizations. The animation shows the distribution of precipitation around the world using rainfall and snowfall rates from NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM data product (IMERG); it also shows water vapor data from the Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GOES). The map of global annual mean precipitation from 1979 through 2010 illustrates worldwide patterns in precipitation.
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.