Cloud Seeding Plane Takes Flight

It was around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon when the cloud seeding plane took off for Wilbarger county

Before the plane takes flight, many calculations had to be made.

There is a slight chance there is something we can work on the lower level and try to get a little precipitation hit the ground,” said a SOAR member, Brian Moore.

This morning the SOAR meteorologist tracked a storm in the panhandle that had the potential to move into Texoma.

The clouds were mostly shallow stratus, not the ideal type for cloud seeding.

There are always clouds around that are not suitable. so each and every day we get a forecast from our project meteorologist and it gives us an overview of the day,” said project manager Gary Walker.

Cooler temperatures means using a specific kind of flare.

The colder, liquid water in a cloud will be seeded with what's called a glaciogenic flare, primarily silver iodide,” Walker said.

Even though conditions weren’t perfect, he says the slightest bit of rain is better than none.

We have to get the ground somewhat wet before you will have any run off. That's very important, a rain comes and the dry earth just soaks it up, so a few small showers to begin with is the first right step,” he said.

The forecast Wednesday showed a chance for a half-inch of rain and soar says cloud seeding can increase rainfall by 10 to 15 percent.

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