Weather Report for May 30, 2011

The high winds continued from last night through the entire day and into the early evening. As a result, the first hour of the night was completely lost. Finally, the wind diminished enough to allow observations, but the dome had to be pointed out of the wind for the first few hours. A few objects in the west could not be observed before they set because of the continued strong and gusty west wind. Eventually, the restriction on pointing of the telescope/dome was lifted as the wind became more civilized, but the combination of poor seeing (2 arcsec and worse) and the wind buffeting the telescope made for some challenging observing. By a little after midnight, conditions had calmed down and the seeing, though never very good, improved to under 2 arcsec. The night was clear. Overall, it was a productive night.