Back in December when we were looking at the first SMOS data we saw in Australia a strange feature…

Soil Moisture in Central Australia as seen by SMOS on December 11 2009
Soil Moisture in Central Australia as seen by SMOS on December 11 2009

Even though the level 1 processor was not yet fully tuned and the level 2 even less so these wet patches were annoying unless….. it was real

So we checked and with the help of our Australian colleagues¬† (Jeff Walker’s team) and Prof Robert Gurney from the University of Reading the solution came

It is real !

Rain in Australia on December 11 2009 (radars on the right)
Rain in Australia on December 11 2009 (radars on the right)

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