Monthly global precipitation, May

Monthly global precipitation, May

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Caption: Average monthly global precipitation. Computer model showing the monthly mean global precipitation in July between 1979 and 2006. The colour scale runs from black for 0 millimetres of precipitation per day, through blue, green and yellow to red for areas that received more than 15 millimetres of precipitation a day. The data is a combination of satellite estimates and rain gauge readings. It will be used to verify climate models and to study the hydrological cycle.

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