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Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology

Abstract: 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 ... View entire text
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Description: Access the Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology data sets.

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.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: John M. Wallace, Todd P. Mitchell, Alexis K.-H. Lau
Dataset Title: Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology
Dataset Publisher: University of Washington JISAO
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1979-01-01
Stop Date: 1992-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Longitude Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Temporal Resolution: Monthly Climatology
Temporal Resolution Range: Monthly Climatology
Use Constraints Please cite the data set originator if you use this data.
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Format: netCDF, ASCII
Fees: no Fee
Email: mitchell at
Legates, D. R. and C. J. Willmott, 1990. Mean seasonal and spatial
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.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-10-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23