This morning was most dismal, with thick fog blanketing our world until nearly 1pm. Then (yay!) it cleared away to a beautiful afternoon, albeit a bit cool but the sun was shining.
I made the most of it by visiting Hamilton's Lake for a while – lots of others had the same idea as myself and the boardwalk was quite busy.
This was the view looking across towards the rowing club, and you can still see the remnants of the fog bank on the horizon.
Back home, Son invited me to watch the live launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron satellite with him. He owns shares in Rocket Lab so likes to keep in touch with what they are doing.
The unmanned rocket launched from Mahia Peninsular near Gisborne, on a beautiful afternoon (no fog down there!), and travelled 90km in a straight line upwards in 2½ minutes.
At 550km above the earth, the rocket/satellite settled down and began preparation for the next step – which I believe is joining up with another satellite already in orbit.
Together they will be used to keep track of weather systems, particularly major storms.
Technology may have its downside (as does everything), but I think it is wonderful that rockets like this can be utilised to give up-to-date information that may help save the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people by giving adequate warning of disastrous weather.
Our sun is fading here for the day and the temperature is dropping. No major storms on our horizon, just more fog!!
Have a great weekend everyone 😊