raincpc: Obtain and Analyze Rainfall Data from the Climate Prediction
The Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) rainfall data for the
world (1979 to present, 50 km resolution) and the USA (1948 to
present, 25 km resolution), is one of the few high quality, long
term, observation based, daily rainfall products available for free.
Although raw data is available at CPC's ftp site, obtaining,
processing and visualizing the data is not straightforward. There are
more than 12,000 files for the world and about 24,000 files for the USA.
Moreover, file formats and file extensions have not been consistent.
This package provides functionality to download, process and visualize
over 35 years of global rainfall data and over 65 years of USA rainfall
data from CPC.