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PostPosted: May 21st, 2016, 6:08 pm 
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Sadly, HRPO is still without power. Therefore sky viewing for tonight is cancelled as well.

I hope to announce the restoration of the facility's power within an hour or so of its occurrence.


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PostPosted: May 27th, 2016, 5:43 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 19%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 71%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 13 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). If these forecasts hold, this will be one of the lesser nights for viewing in 2016! Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs, but the large dome is undergoing replacement of battery components at this time. Jordan may open the shutter manually, or simply resort to using an outside telescope.

(Due to last week's power outage, "The Amateur Radio Service" will be presented by Dr. Dana Browne tonight at 7:30pm.)


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PostPosted: May 28th, 2016, 5:37 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 34%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, SW 5 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding, but the large dome is undergoing replacement of battery components at this time. Trey may open the shutter manually, or simply resort to using an outside telescope.


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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2016, 5:39 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 60%
sky cover, 77%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index not applicable
surface wind, E 8 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "bad" (1 out of 5). There will be no viewing tonight at HRPO will close at 9pm (or 8:30pm if it is raining immediately after the talk entitled "The Martian Mystique".)


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PostPosted: June 4th, 2016, 4:40 pm 
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Usually I post the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time period. However, there are numerous inclement weather markers listed at this time in the NOAA forecast for Village Saint George (HRPO's "pinpoint" location).

A Flood Advisory is in effect for southwest East Baton Rouge Parish (the area of the parish in which HRPO is located) until 6:30pm CDT.

Also, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for East Baton Rouge Parish until 7am CDT tomorrow.

Finally the Hazardous Weather Outlook mentions that for tonight there may be "occasional to frequent lightning", "gusty winds" at speeds of sixty kilometers or more per hour, and "potential for some flooding".

Given all this, I have cancelled the evening shifts of all HRPO personnel. HRPO will not have even office hours tonight but will remain closed until 7:30am CDT Monday.


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PostPosted: June 10th, 2016, 5:44 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 49%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 8 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Marvin Owen. Viewing will be attempted but the dropout will remain in place and HRPO will close at 9:45pm.

Tonight's lecture, "Gems and Minerals", will still take place at 7:30pm. The presentation will be performed by the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2016, 4:44 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 23%
sky cover, 54%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, S 7 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. Viewing will be attempted only with a portable telescope outside on the viewing pad, and HRPO will close at 9:30pm.


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PostPosted: June 17th, 2016, 5:51 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 38%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 35˚C
surface wind, W 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Rob Hynes.

There is a predicted visible pass of a rocket body beginning at 9:36pm CDT, and a predicted Iridium flare at 9:49pm CDT.

Please keep in mind NOAA's heat advisory, which lasts until 7pm. The lecture "Cassini's Grand Finale" will start at 7:30pm.


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PostPosted: June 18th, 2016, 4:52 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 37%
sky cover, 68%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, E 3 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency and seeing ratings will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm. If it rains anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.


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PostPosted: June 24th, 2016, 6:37 pm 
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The Highland Road Park Observatory is closed tonight due to setup for tomorrow's big event, American Radio Relay League Field Day.

ARRL Field Day is a twenty-four hour emergency contact exercise. The public is invited to attend only from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday the 25th. There will be activities for adults and children alike. There is no admission fee.

http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/arrl.html


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