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Monday, June 3, 2013


Hi Everybody!!
We are going to kick off June with Rocky Raccoon!  I can't believe the old coon stole the spotlight from the birds, but here he is as requested by some of You! Rocky is on night patrol around the grounds, so not likely to see photos of him during the day. I edited these pics in Picasa and blended multiple effects, different in each Rocky Shot. I will let You see if You can see what  effects I used!
And, the Big News from Waller County:  Rain, Rain, Rain on Rainbow Creek today.  I heard thunder at dawn and jumped up to go check my Weatherbug for tornadoes. I strongly suggest You stay up to speed on the storms in your area, and drive away from any forming tornadoes. I had no tornadoes today. Just 4 hours of slow rain!  Hooray!!!!!!!!!   
Enjoy your photostudy!

Rocky Raccoon

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"Rocky Raccoon" is a song by the Beatles from the double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, who was inspired while playing acoustic guitar withJohn Lennon and Donovan in India (where the Beatles had gone on a retreat).
"Rocky Raccoon"
Song by The Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released22 November 1968
Recorded15 August 1968
GenreFolk rock
LabelApple Records
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles track listing
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Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystem, as well as water for hydroelectric power plantsand crop irrigation.
The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds (those with strong upward vertical motion) such as cumulonimbus (thunder clouds) which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized withinwindward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons tosavannah climes.
The urban heat island effect leads to increased rainfall, both in amounts and intensity, downwind of cities. Global warming is also causing changes in the precipitation pattern globally, including wetter conditions across eastern North America and drier conditions in the tropics.[citation needed]Antarctica is the driest continent. The globally averaged annual precipitation over land is 715 millimetres (28.1 in), but over the whole Earth it is much higher at 990 millimetres (39 in).[1]Climate classification systems such as the Köppen climate classification system use average annual rainfall to help differentiate between differing climate regimes. Rainfall is measured usingrain gauges. Rainfall amounts can be estimated by weather radar.
Rain is also known or suspected on other planets, where it may be composed of methaneneon,sulfuric acid or even iron rather than water.

Human influence

Image of Atlanta, Georgia showing temperature distribution, with blue showing cool temperatures, red warm, and hot areas appear white.
World map of temperature distribution shows the northern hemisphere was warmer than the souther hemisphere during the periods compared.
Mean surface temperature anomalies during the period 1999 to 2008 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980
The fine particulate matter produced by car exhaust and other human sources of pollution forms cloud condensation nuclei, leads to the production of clouds and increases the likelihood of rain. As commuters and commercial traffic cause pollution to build up over the course of the week, the likelihood of rain increases: it peaks by Saturday, after five days of weekday pollution has been built up. In heavily populated areas that are near the coast, such as the United States' Eastern Seaboard, the effect can be dramatic: there is a 22% higher chance of rain on Saturdays than on Mondays.[56] The urban heat island effect warms cities 0.6 °C (1.1 °F) to 5.6 °C (10.1 °F) above surrounding suburbs and rural areas. This extra heat leads to greater upward motion, which can induce additional shower and thunderstorm activity. Rainfall rates downwind of cities are increased between 48% and 116%. Partly as a result of this warming, monthly rainfall is about 28% greater between 20 to 40 miles (32 to 64 km) downwind of cities, compared with upwind.[57] Some cities induce a total precipitation increase of 51%.[58]
Increasing temperatures tend to increase evaporation which can lead to more precipitation. Precipitation generally increased over land north of 30°N from 1900 through 2005 but has declined over the tropics since the 1970s. Globally there has been no statistically significant overall trend in precipitation over the past century, although trends have varied widely by region and over time. Eastern portions of North and South America, northern Europe, and northern and central Asia have become wetter. The Sahel, the Mediterranean, southern Africa and parts of southern Asia have become drier. There has been an increase in the number of heavy precipitation events over many areas during the past century, as well as an increase since the 1970s in the prevalence of droughts—especially in the tropics and subtropics. Changes in precipitation and evaporation over the oceans are suggested by the decreased salinity of mid- and high-latitude waters (implying more precipitation), along with increased salinity in lower latitudes (implying less precipitation and/or more evaporation). Over the contiguous United States, total annual precipitation increased at an average rate of 6.1 percent since 1900, with the greatest increases within the East North Central climate region (11.6 percent per century) and the South (11.1 percent). Hawaii was the only region to show a decrease (-9.25 percent).[59]
The most successful attempts at influencing weather involve cloud seeding which include techniques used to increasewinter precipitation over mountains and suppress hail.[60]

China rain-making creates a storm
Relations between neighbouring Chinese cities have become stormy over the use of controversial technology which encourages rainfall.Drought-stricken central Henan province has been using a method called cloud seeding, in which chemicals are shot at clouds, the China Daily reported.
The method did bring rain to Henan - but not equally to all areas.
Meteorological officials in one city accused neighbouring colleagues of over-using the method, the paper said.

1. Aircraft or artillery spray chemicals (often silver iodide or dry ice) into clouds to encourage tiny vapour droplets to coalesce
2. Droplets of supercooled water (liquid below freezing) coalesce into snow and melt as they fall
3. Heat released as the droplets freeze boosts updrafts, which pull more moist air into the cloud
The five cities of Pingdingshan, Zhumadian, Luohe, Xuchang and Zhoukou have all been suffering from drought, but were finally blessed with rain as a result of cloud seeding on Saturday, the China Daily reported.However, while Pingdingshan received more than 100mm of rainfall, less than 30mm fell on Zhoukou.
One Zhoukou official accused Pingdingshan of intercepting clouds that would probably have drifted to other places.
"They (Pingdingshan) were still launching rockets to make rain when they already had rain falling," he is reported as saying.
Cloud seeding is a long-practised technology which uses rockets, planes, cannons or ground generators to fire particles, usually silver iodide, into clouds to encourage water vapour to gather round them and eventually fall as rain.

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Doppler radar

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A Doppler radar is a specialized radar that makes use of the Doppler effect to produce velocity data about objects at a distance. It does this by beaming a microwave signal towards a desired target and listening for its reflection, then analyzing how the frequency of the returned signal has been altered by the object's motion. This variation gives direct and highly accurate measurements of the radial component of a target's velocity relative to the radar. Doppler radars are used in aviation, sounding satellites, meteorologypolice speed guns,[1] radiology, and bistatic radar (surface to air missile).
Partly because of its common use by television meteorologists in on-air weather reporting, the specific term "Doppler Radar" has erroneously become popularly synonymous with the type of radar used in meteorology. Most modern weather radars use the pulse-doppler technique to examine the motion of precipitation, but it is only a part of the processing of their data.
The Doppler radar has also been applied in healthcare, such as fall detection and fall risk assessment, for nursing or clinic purpose.
So, while these radars use a highly specialized form of doppler radar, the term is much broader in its meaning and its applications.

Doppler effect

Technology [edit]

U.S. Army soldier using a radar gun, an application of Doppler radar, to catch speeding violators.
There are four ways of producing the Doppler effect. Radars may be:
Doppler allows the use of narrow band receiver filters that reduce or eliminate signals from slow moving and stationary objects. This effectively eliminates false signals produced by trees, clouds, insects, birds, wind, and other environmental influences. Cheap hand held Doppler radar may produce erroneous measurements.[6]
CW doppler radar only provides a velocity output as the received signal from the target is compared in frequency with the original signal. Early doppler radars included CW, but these quickly led to the development of frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar, which sweeps the transmitter frequency to encode and determine range.
With the advent of digital techniques, Pulse-Doppler radars (PD) became light enough for aircraft use, and doppler processors for coherent pulse radars became more common. That provides Look-down/shoot-down capability. The advantage of combining doppler processing with pulse radars is to provide accurate velocity information. This velocity is called range-rate. It describes the rate that a target moves toward or away from the radar. A target with no range-rate reflects a frequency near the transmitter frequency and cannot be detected. The classic zero doppler target is one which is on a heading that is tangential to the radar antenna beam. Basically, any target that is heading 90 degrees in relation to the antenna beam cannot be detected by its velocity (only by its conventional reflectivity).
In military airborne applications, the Doppler effect has 2 main advantages. Firstly, the radar is more robust against counter-measure. Return signals from weather, terrain, and countermeasures like chaff are filtered out before detection, which reduces computer and operator loading in hostile environments. Secondly, against a low altitude target, filtering on the radial speed is a very effective way to eliminate the ground clutter that always has a null speed. Low-flying military plane with countermeasure alert for hostile radar track acquisition can turn perpendicular to the hostile radar to nullify its Doppler frequency, which usually breaks the lock and drives the radar off by hiding against the ground return which is much larger.


Rose of Sharon

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Rose of Sharon is a common name that applies to several different species of flowering plants that are highly valued throughout the world. The name's colloquial application has been used as an example of the lack of precision of common names, which potentially causes confusion.[1] "Rose of Sharon" has also become a frequently used catch phrase in lyrics and verse.

Cultural presentation [edit]

  • Rose of Sharon is the national flower of South Korea. The first record of the Rose of Sharon (mugunghwa: 무궁화) grown in Korea is mentioned in an article produced 1,400 years ago. A mythological fiction, Xuanzhongji(Hanja:玄中記), written in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (Hanja:東晉) of China mentions, "The Land of Wisemen is spread for 1,000 li where mugungwha flowers bloom plentifully."(君子之國,地方千里,多木槿之華) The name"mugungwha" was first used by the poet Lee Gyu-bo (이규보,1168 – 1241) of Goryeo Dynasty.
  • In Canada, Rose of Sharon is a charity that focuses on helping pregnant and parenting young women under the age of 25[3]
  • In The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Rose of Sharon (often called "Rosasharn") is a major character, the eldest daughter of the Joad family and the sister of the protagonist Tom Joad. Throughout much of the novel, she is depicted as fragile because of her pregnancy.
  • Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony takes the form of a monologue by a narrator self-identified as Chavatzelet HaSharon, "the lily that man has picked and thrown away."
  • There is a song entitled "Rose of Sharon" on Xiu Xiu's 2005 album La Forêt. The lyrics seem to allude to both the Song of Solomon and to Steinbeck's novel.
  • The Ragnarok Online background music set includes a track called "Rose of Sharon".
  • The village of Rosharon, Texas is named after the "Rose Of Sharon" from the Cherokee Roses that grew nearby.
  • The Rose of Sharon is referenced in the Bob Dylan song "Caribbean Wind." The song appeared on the compilation album Biograph but was originally recorded during the sessions for Shot of Love.
  • Leonard Cohen in his original poem "The Traitor" (on which the song "The Traitor" is based) also refers to the Rose of Sharon.
  • Rose of Sharon is a homeless character in Sherman Alexie's short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," published April 21, 2003 in The New Yorker.
  • In Brazil, Rosa de Saron (Portuguese for Rose of Sharon) is the name of a well-known white rock group, that has include recorded some songs in English.
  • Sephardic Hebrew poetry from the 10th-15th century demonstrates prolific use of the חבצלת (ḥăḇaṣṣeleṯ) translated into English consistently as "Rose of Sharon"; there are a few renderings as "lily" (see Gate 47 of the Tahkemoni) .[4] The term and trope are found throughout the Sefer Tahkemoni by Yehuda Alharizi (1165–1225) and much of the poetic corpus of the Golden Age of Iberian Jewish belles lettres, which includes the works of such poets as Shmu'el HaNagid (993-1056), Moses Ibn Ezra (c.1055-after 1138), Yehuda Halevi (c.1075-1141), and Abraham Ibn Ezra (c.1093-c.1167) among others.[5]
  • "Rose of Sharon Cassidy" is a NPC in the video game Fallout: New Vegas. She implies she is named after the Steinbeck character.
  • "Rose of Sharon" muttered by the character Just the Job in Maxim Gorky's My Childhood.


.....this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time. Have a great week!
Big Hugs!
Goodnight Everybody!