The Union Recorder


January 21, 2014

OUR SPACE: A new rain gauge in your global back yard

MILLEDGEVILLE — You’ve seen them: those sun-bleached vertical transparent tubes in the back yard that collect rain water and tell you how much precipitation you had the night before. For some it’s merely fun to know (especially when your frenemies down the road have different measurements, and it always seems to be sunnier on their side of the fence), and for the hobby gardeners out there it’s downright vital. Do your squash plants need watering today? Or did your own personal black cloud hanging over your head provide a silver lining in the form of rain?

Measuring precipitation has long been an arduous and painstaking process, and data could only be acquired by visiting all those tubes and gathering data. If rain data gathering is your job you are limited by the data you were able to read and the places you could put up your little tubes (and you fervently hope that no wild critter out there thinks of your collection tubes as an outdoorsy version of champagne flutes).

But the guesswork and the gaps between measurements will soon be a thing of the past, because a new satellite will take care of all of those pesky measurements from high above: GPM, or the Global Precipitation Measurement mission is designed to use radar to measure all global precipitation every few days with unprecedented accuracy and far more regularly than ever before possible.

Yeah, so GPM isn’t a very catchy name, and unless something goes horribly wrong up there, GPM isn’t going to be front page news. So it rained an inch on Buckingham Palace. Big whoop, right?

While the Buckingham Palace gardeners may beg to differ, they might be equally disinterested in the fact that the Milledgeville Country Club got trace amounts of snow on the same day. And yet, we have the data available.

Text Only
AP Video
Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid