Shut it down! Shut it all down!

I get home from shopping in Kona and unloading a pile of groceries from Costco. Looking forward to a relaxing Saturday evening. That changed when I checked my e-mail.

Keck Webcam 4 Jun 2011
Several inches of snow in the Keck Telescope parking area on June 4th!
Oh joy…

Much of the systems on the summit are automated, up to and including sending e-mails when thing go wrong. The system works pretty well at letting the engineering staff know when attention is needed. The automated messages do tend to bomb a person’s inbox when it really goes bad.

Dozens of warning messages have flooded my inbox…

WARNING! K2AO temps are warm! dmrackTemp=45.42 degC, enclosTemp=37 degC

Ugly numbers indeed! 37°C is about 100°F in the AO electronics room. I have no choice… shut it down. Messages from MKSS indicate that the power lines have been hit by lightning and the power is out to the summit. The backup power is holding out, but the glycol cooling system is off. Without cold glycol flowing in the lines many of the rooms are without cooling systems to take away the heat generated by all of the computers and other electronics.

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