Take a tour of the planet’s weather in wonderful 4K

23 May 2016

NASA has produced another of it’s fascinating 4K videos, this time showcasing global rainfall like never before.

With a new generation of satellites, NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully found a way to map cloud patterns, and even look through them to establish composition.

The result is an incredible 4K video of Earth’s rainfall patterns, revealing more about our planet’s network of water than we ever knew before.

All the satellites are collated by the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a spacecraft that is “like an oboe tuning an orchestra”, according to NASA.

Tracking precipitation from space with satellites provides information of where, when, and how much it rains and snows anywhere in the world and gives insight into the behaviour of our weather, climate, and ecological systems.

It’s the most detailed worldwide view of rainfall ever, with the persistent equatorial band of rainfall across the centre particularly interesting.

The planet’s driest places either side of the equator receive little to know rain, with scientists now able to monitor single storms, if needs be.

When the rainfall readings are married with wind and temperature readings, a fuller picture emerges.

NASA previously produced 4K footage of the auroras from aboard the International Space Station. Another 4K video aboard the ship proved pretty popular, too.

Although this solar flare is the pick of the bunch:

Earth image via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic