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Precipitable water in the atmosphere, AIRS data. Precipitable water is the amount of moisture that can fall as rain or snow or other precipitation. These data cover the period from 1st November 2005 to 1st November 2006. There is a persistent band of heavy rain along the equator, which moves north and south with the summers in those hemispheres. Especially prominent towards the end of the clip is the intensely heavy (dark blue) rain over the Indian subcontinent during the seasonal monsoon in the summer and autumn. AIRS, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, is an instrument on board the Aqua spacecraft.
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