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Making It Rain: How Giving Me Telescope Time Can Reduce Drought

Lund, Michael B. (2020) Making It Rain: How Giving Me Telescope Time Can Reduce Drought. . (Unpublished)

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In this paper we assess the correlation between recent observing runs (2018 and 2019) and inclement weather, and demonstrate that these observing runs have seen much more rainfall than would otherwise be expected, an increase of over 200%. We further look at a number of observatory sites in areas that are facing or will face drought, and suggest that a strong environmental benefit would follow from telescope allocation committees providing us an inordinate amount of telescope time at facilities located around the globe.

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Additional Information:The author thanks Savannah R. Jacklin for her valuable feedback on this manuscript. The author also thanks David R. Ciardi for not firing him after three consecutive unsuccessful observing runs, and the Palomar staff for ensuring high quality observations when it was not raining. This research made use of Astropy,5 a community-developed core Python package for Astronomy (Astropy Collaboration et al., 2013; Price-Whelan et al., 2018).
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:29 Jun 2020 17:12
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