Snow Day

It was a snow day at the summit. We arrived to a new layer of snow atop the snow that had been accumulating all weekend, about 8 inches in total. It continued to snow much of the day, sometimes heavy. By the time we left the total was closer to a foot of white atop the mountain.

Instructions from summit lead were clear, start nothing we could not put away in a few moments in case the decision to abandon the summit was made. Despite this I did get some productive things done… Fixed the K1 Laser Safety System, an easy fix, helped perform a maintenance check on the MOSFIRE rotator, and arranged some fabrication for a camera mount in the K1 dome.

John made the call to leave the summit just before 3pm, as conditions began to worsen and the temperature started falling again. Observing was officially cancelled about the same time, the nighttime operators would not attempt to make the summit. An interesting day. What will we find tomorrow?

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Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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