Visualizing the Water Cycle at a Global Level

From the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A fascinating set of 3 synchronized movies showing evaporation, water vapor, and precipitation on a flattened image of the globe.

NASA doesn’t go into a whole of detail about exactly what the animations are showing – or to what extent they capture real events or are mathematical models. Only that…

The three animations of atmospheric phenomena were created using data from the GEOS-5 atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere, run at 14-km global resolution for 25-days. Variables animated here include hourly evaporation, water vapor and precipitation.

As someone mentions in the comments on NASA’s Flickr page, in layman’s terms they are, well, kind of hypnotizing.

via flowingdata

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