The Union Recorder


January 21, 2014

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



Not only will the accurate measurements be of local interest – scientists tracking global weather phenomena are salivating at the mere thought of having such detailed information at their fingertips soon.

GPM is a follow up expansion project to TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) which concentrated on moderate to heavy rainfall in the tropics. GPM has a far greater range – from the Arctic Circle up North all the way South to the Antarctic Circle. Chances are your house is somewhere between those two points. And let me take this opportunity to do a very special shout-out to all those Union-Recorder followers beyond those lines!

GPM will launch atop a Japanese H-IIA rocket from a Japanese launch site. Like so many global monitoring missions GPM is an international venture and a collaboration between various nations who will then all benefit from the data. A launch date has yet to be announced, but the spacecraft has just arrived in Japan and is undergoing final testing to make sure nothing was damaged in transit.

But don’t toss your little rain gauge just yet. After all, where else would your little feathered friends go for happy hour?

Learn more about the field of Precipitation Measurements at


Beate Czogalla is the Professor of Theater Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Georgia College & State University. She has had a lifelong interest in space exploration and has been a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ NASA for many years. She can be reached at  

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