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How much rain normally falls at this time of year?

This map shows how much rain normally falls in each month of the year. You can see:

These monthly maps are based on rainfall in past years (1985-2010). The darker the blue, the heavier the rain. This map does not indicate how much rain is expected this year.

How to use this interactive map

Switch to another map: Select the dropdown menu at the top of the page.

Return to the menu page: Click the blue link called “IFAD” at the top left corner of the page.

Zoom in to a region:
Method 1: Pick a region from the list:

  1. Select the dropdown menu at the top of the page, titled “Region”
  2. Click on the region of interest, and the map will automatically refresh.

Method 2: Click-and-drag:

  1. Click the left mouse button at the upper-left corner of the region to which you would like to zoom.
  2. While holding down the button, drag the mouse to the lower-right corner of the region to which you would like to zoom.
  3. Release the left mouse button. The map will redraw automatically.

Zoom out to the global map:

  1. Move your mouse over the map, until you see three icons appear in the upper left corner.
  2. Click the icon of the magnifying glass.
  3. The map will redraw automatically. Note that the map cannot display areas outside of the latitudes initially shown on the interface.

Change the month: This map shows the normal rainfall for one month of the year. You edit this by moving your mouse over the map until you see a text box appear at the top with the month inside.

  1. To step forward or back by one month, click the corresponding buttons to the left or right of the text box, and the map will automatically refresh.
  2. To manually change the month, type the first three letters of the month of interest into the tex box. For example, type “Apr”. Then, press “enter” or click the “refresh” icon in the top left corner of the map.
  3. To produce an animation of these maps over a series of dates, type the range of months into the text box. This must follow the format: “start date” followed by “to” followed by “end date”. For example “Jan to Dec”.

Dataset Documentation

Data CPC Merged Analysis of Precipitation (CMAP) v1201 (January 2012 release) version 2 (merged gauge and satellite estimates) monthly precipitation values at 2.5° lat/lon resolution
Data Source NOAA, Climate Prediction Center, CMAP
Analysis Monthly precipitation climatology using 1985-2010 base period.

Helpdesks

Contact help@iri.columbia.edu with any technical questions or problems with this Map Room, for example, the forecasts not displaying or updating properly.