We drove west all day from central Oklahoma on highway 412 through the entire length of the panhandle. We stopped just inside of New Mexico at Clayton to stay the night. Dinner at the Eklund Hotel was fun and very tasty. We noticed some rain out the windows. Upon getting into the car to return to our motel, we saw this piece of rainbow arcing into the sky.
On Friday February 28, 2014, Japan time, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The GPM spacecraft will coordinate with an international network of existing and future satellites to measure rainfall and snowfall globally every three hours. The mission will greatly enhance what we know of Earth’s water and energy cycles, aid in the forecasting of extreme weather events, and give us all added benefits in areas where precipitation affects our lives.
Rainfall in the tropics is being measured by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), launched in 1997. It has added important observations of tropical weather systems and hurricanes. The GPM Core Observatory will provide measurements to higher latitudes. GPM will observe from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Circle every 3 hours. This graphic compares the ground tracks of the two missions for a 3 orbit time period. GPM, in blue, will add to our data many times over in areal and time coverage compared to TRMM.
Video of launch and some explanation by NASA are below.
There is a patch of day lillies at the back edge of the yard. I keep them watered as needed by using my rain barrel. The deer have walked by the lily patch so often they have worn a path. Most years, they eat the fresh buds before they bloom, robbing me of the pleasure of seeing them in their glory. This year was no exception. Maybe I need a tall fence.
A few years ago, our city offered to pay home owners half of the cost of rain barrels, butterfly gardens, rain water retention projects, etc., up to $750. I considered installation of a barrel before I read the announcement in the city newsletter. That news prompted me to go ahead with the plan.
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