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        Precipitation on the Planet

        Learn about factors that influence precipitation and see how it moves across Earth in these narrated and unnarrated NASA animations based on measurements gathered by a constellation of satellites. An international group of space agencies, collaborating in the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, operates the satellites. The animations reveal rain and snowfall patterns around the world as well as show how temperature and wind influence precipitation and the movement of storms.

        To view the Background Essay, Student Handouts, 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.

        A Global Tour of Precipitation

        Learn about global patterns that reveal where, when, and how much precipitation occurs, as well as factors, such as sea surface temperatures and winds, that affect precipitation, in this narrated NASA video.

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        Painting the World with Water

        Observe how the constellation of satellites collects data that is sped up to reveal precipitation patterns around Earth.

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