The accumulated precipitation product visualized here begins on January 1, 2015 and runs through July 16, 2015. This visualization shows the heavy rainfall throughout Northern Texas and across Oklahoma as well as the drought in Southern California. This video is also available on our YouTube channel.
It’s been a tale of two extremes this year for the United States. Severe drought plagues the West Coast, causing states like California to take serious measures for water conservation. Then just last week Southern California got a deluge of rain that caused flooding. In Texas, heavy rains and flash flooding this summer seem to have erased drought memories—for now. New views from NASA satellites delve into the details of where the water is, or not, from the dry west to the soggy east, and why.
NASA scientists Ben Cook and Doug Morton are available on Friday, July 31 between 6 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT to show your viewers new views of the extreme drought and flood conditions affecting large swaths of the U.S., and discuss if a strong possible El Niño will play a role.
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 188.8.131.52.0