First FT observing block hit by blizzard

Continuing a several-week period of poor weather on Manua Kea, we now have blizzard conditions on the mountain. The telescope day crews have left the summit, and in fact even the snow removal crew has left the mountain to wait for the storm to pass. The unusable conditions are forecast to last until Thursday, which is bad news for the first FT observing block, scheduled for Monday РWednesday this week.

Although there will be no formal compensation for weather losses suffered on the dedicated FT nights, the queue coordinators have been reminded that FT observations can certainly be used to fill gaps in the regular queue on non-FT nights. In the meantime, we have our fingers crossed for April…

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