Earth  ID: 4474

North American Monsoon

The monsoon is a seasonal rain and wind pattern that occurs all over the world. Through NASA satellites and models we can see the monsoon patterns like never before. Monsoon rains provide important reservoirs of water that sustain human activities like agriculture and supports the natural environment through replenishment of aquifers.

This visualization uses NASA precipitation and soil moisture data to show how the monsoon develops over North America.


Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Alex Kekesi (GST): Visualizer
Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Visualizer
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
MERRA 2014-2015
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 2014-2015
IMERG 2014-2015
Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS)
GEMS/Soil Moisture
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Monsoons
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version