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Global Land Monthly Precipitation Analyses

| DOI: 10.5065/9TFD-2C03

This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


This is a dataset of world monthly precipitation data from stations, and the associated monthly gridded analyses, 1851-1989. This dataset also contains a gridded monthly long term climatology and gridded monthly anomalies. In all cases, the grid is a 4 degree latitude by 5 degree longitude grid, from 62 degrees South to 86 degree North latitude and 0 degree to 355 degree East longitude. .

Temporal Range:
1851 to 1989
Precipitation Amount
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Temporal Frequencies:
Every month , Monthly Climatology
Data Types:
Grid ,  Platform Observation
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=62S Northernmost=86N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Physical Sciences Laboratory, Earth System Research Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Eischeid, J.K., H.F. Diaz, R.S. Bradley, and P.D. Jones, 1991: A comprehensive precipitation data set for global land areas. TR051, U.S. Department of Energy, 82 pp.

Total Volume:
86.43 MB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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