Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
PRECIP_MAY reports the average precipitation in millimeters, received within a 10 kilometer circular buffer around each DHS cluster location during May, averaged over the 1981-2016 timeframe. Other variables in this series report average precipitation for other months.
Please see the User Note on Using IPUMS-DHS Contextual Variables: Precipitation [URL omitted from DDI.] for the data source, methodology, and more detailed information about this variable. This variable, like the other IPUMS-DHS contextual variables, is based on sources outside The DHS Program, with values around DHS sample cluster points calculated by IPUMS-DHS staff.