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Rainfall Enhancement by Dynamic Cloud Modification

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Science  09 Oct 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3954, pp. 127-132
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3954.127

Abstract

In summary, the following points are made:

1) There are essentially two approaches to seeding for rain inducement, static and dynamic.

2) The dynamic approach is effective in inducing growth and increasing precipitation from individually seeded convective clouds under specifiable conditions.

3) The static approach to seeding for precipitation increases is apparently not relevant to the summer cumuli of Florida and Missouri.

4) Regional seeding climatologies, including studies of natural freezing processes in convective clouds, should be completed before commencement of a seeding operation.

5) The results of a seeding operation are frequently better understood by stratification of the data, especially with respect to weather conditions. Precipitation increases from seeding are usually found under fair weather regimes with isolated showers, whereas decreases are often noted under naturally rainy conditions.