Lightning strikes again!!!
2007-04-30 12:06:53.000 – Jim Salge, Observer
Just when we felt like everything was finally managed and under control with regard to systems, lightning strikes again. This is, of course meant to be taken in the literal sense, and as the line of showers moved over the peak this morning, lightning struck the summit five times. Everyone remained safe, and though power surges seem to have necessitated resetting some equipment, we seem to be back to the almost normal state we’ve been at through the weekend.
A temporary internet dish has been put in place over the weekend, and hence the near seamless updating this morning. It’s unclear how this dish will survive the modest dose of winter wind expected this evening, so further continuous updates remain unsure through midweek.
Plans are in place to fix the main dish this week with tools, supplies and expertise brought up Wednesday for shift change. And it looks like a nice stretch of clear spring weather should facilitate the final fixes from the amazing storm now two weeks ago!
Besides information flowing to the web, our operations are now impacted little. Observations continue on schedule, the building is in good shape, and the weather is, as always, very exciting!
Thanks for your patience, and as always support of the Mount Washington Observatory. Data will be flowing back here consistantly soon!
Jim Salge, Observer