Precipitation Data




Historic monthly precipitation records spanning 1900-1998 in a 5° by 5° gridded format. The station data from which this data was constructed is an extended version of the CRU/US DOE data set, described in Eischeid et al. (1991)

Spatial Coverage:


Temporal Coverage:

1900 to 1998

Scientific Research/Reference:

  • Hulme,M. (1992) A 1951-80 global land precipitation climatology for the evaluation of General Circulation Models Climate Dynamics, 7, 57-72
  • Hulme,M. (1994) Validation of large-scale precipitation fields in General Circulation Models pp.387-406 in, Global precipitations and climate change (eds.) Desbois,M. and Desalmand,F., NATO ASI Series, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 466pp.
  • Hulme,M., Osborn,T.J. and T.C.Johns (1998) Precipitation sensitivity to global warming: Comparison of observations with HadCM2 simulations Geophys. Res. Letts., 25, 3379-3382.


  • Global Monthly Precipitation
  • also full documentation from Mike Hulme
  • Data is in text format, established in documentation.


'g55wld0098.dat' (Version 1.0) constructed and supplied by Dr Mike Hulme at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. This work has been supported by the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Contract EPG 1/1/48).

After the data has been downloaded the supplier, Mike Hulme would like you to notify him of your recieval of the data and your inteded usage:

Mike Hulme’s webpage