Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology
Entry ID: JISAO_LEGATES_MSU
This WWW page contains analyses and data for a global precipitation climatology that has been produced at JISAO. The spatial resolution of this climatology is 2.5 degrees latitude-longitude. The land data for this climatology is taken from the Legates and Willmott (1990), which is based on historical rain gauge measurements. The ocean precipitation estimates are from the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) (Spencer 1993) for the years 1979 to 1992.|
Spencer and collaborators developed a new MSU precipitation product ("Limb90"), and I got part way through merging it with the Legates and Willmott climatology. This work was never satisfactorily finished, but it is linked here. MSU has difficulty differentiating sea ice from very heavy rainfall, and it is pretty difficult to remove the erroneous gridpoints in a simple manner.
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Description: Access the Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology data sets.
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Description: Access the The Legates and Willmott rainfall climatology is available in ASCII format in 0.5-degree latitude-longitude resolution from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
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Data Set Citation
John M. Wallace, Todd P. Mitchell, Alexis K.-H. Lau
Dataset Title: Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology
Dataset Publisher: University of Washington JISAO
Online Resource: http://www.jisao.washington.edu/legates_msu/
|Start Date: 1979-01-01|
|Stop Date: 1992-12-31|
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL LAND
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
Longitude Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Temporal Resolution: Monthly Climatology
|ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT [Definition]|
|ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >LIQUID PRECIPITATION >RAIN [Definition]|
ISO Topic Category
|FIXED OBSERVATION STATIONS [Information]|
|METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS [Information]|
|RAIN GAUGES [Information]|
|MSU >Microwave Sounding Unit [Information]|
|Please cite the data set originator if you use this data.|
Data Set Progress
Center for Science in the Earth System, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Data Center URL: http://www.cses.washington.edu/
Distribution_Format: netCDF, ASCII
Fees: no Fee
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: mitchell at atmos.washington.edu
variability in gauge-corrected, global precipitation. Int. J. Climatology, 10, 111-127.
Spencer, R. W., 1993: Global oceanic precipitation from the MSU during 1979-91 and comparisons to other climatologies. J. Climate, 6, 1301-1326.