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Old 10-20-2013, 12:08 PM
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Video goes a bit fast, might want to click on the arrows to step month by month. Not only can you see the greening of mid to high latitude continents with the warm seasons, but also a more subtle change in lower latitude vegetation with wet/dry seasons.

Vegetation : Global Maps

click on the comparison with rainfall to see the tropics green with rain:

Vegetation & Total Rainfall : Global Maps

Oddly, as mentioned the Amazon is greenest in its dry season, when more sun is available. Though it never gets that dry there. Some other interesting maps:

Global Maps

Cloud fraction. A consistent global comparison on comparing global cloudiness? Land Surface Temperature Anamoly. Watch heat and cold waves through the years.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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It's interesting that the southern hemisphere changes hardly at all in terms of vegetation compared to the northern hemisphere over the course of a year.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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is it just me, or isnt the uk constantly green independent of season?

edit: nice maps btw.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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Pretty much, but it does go a bit yellow during the summer in S/E England.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:07 AM
 
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is it just me, or isnt the uk constantly green independent of season?

edit: nice maps btw.
The green goes paler though
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Very cool animations! Kinda surprised at Australia's lack of green. Is that right?

Rainfall animation is awesome! You can see the EQ Pacific fluctuations and the US West/East back and forth between dry/moist..

Hard to tell from the map but usually when there's Thunderstorms/Heavy Rains developing over the dateline it leads to a stormy pattern in the US.

Here's where the dateline is.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:23 PM
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Very cool animations! Kinda surprised at Australia's lack of green. Is that right?
Probably. Most of Australia except along most of the coast is a desert. It's the driest continent in the world

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Rainfall animation is awesome! You can see the EQ Pacific fluctuations and the US West/East back and forth between dry/moist..

Hard to tell from the map but usually when there's Thunderstorms/Heavy Rains developing over the dateline it leads to a stormy pattern in the US.
The map timesteps are monthly, so you won't be able to see storm systems.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Probably. Most of Australia except along most of the coast is a desert. It's the driest continent in the world
That sounds like an exaggeration, probably less than 50% of Australia has a desert climate, if you look at Koppen's map for Australia. File:Australia-Oceania Koppen Map.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The annual rainfall averaged across the continent is about 450mm, easily above the typical threshold for a desert climate. In the last 10 years, the average has been over 500mm.
http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/...03_rr_plot.jpg

Also, Antarctica is the driest continent in the world. Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent.
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Old 03-08-2020, 09:22 PM
 
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Very cool animations! Kinda surprised at Australia's lack of green. Is that right?
Because most of Australia has an arid/semi-arid climate with not much vegetation change throughout the year. Only the coastal areas have vegetation that alter throughout the year. Sydney is one:

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