This image from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission shows rainfall amounts over Tasmania during March 2003. This Australian state received record rainfall during the month, with many places receiving more rain than had ever been recorded. In this image, rainfall amounts appear in shades of blue (low to no rainfall) to red (highest rainfall).
Image courtesy of Hal Pierce, TRMM Visualizer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Rainfall across the United States in the winter of 2005–06 has shown the classic pattern of a La Niña event. This ocean-atmosphere pattern was likely responsible for the drought in the Southwest, the South, the central Plains, and Florida which led to several devastating wildfires.