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Cloud Seeding Could Bring More Rain to Wichita Falls

Desperate times often bring desperate measures, and the ongoing drought may have seeded the idea for one such measure a measure testing whether man can affect or change the weather.
Desperate times often bring desperate measures, and the ongoing drought may have seeded the idea for one such measure. It's a measure testing whether man can affect or change the weather.

City officials are pursuing the use of cloud seeding to increase rainfall to help refill the reservoirs.

They started looking into the process of using silver iodide to bring more rainfall.

Wichita Falls Public Works Director Russell Schreiber says the technology has been used in Texas since the early nineties where he says it has been proven to increase rainfall by 10 to 15 percent.

The city has been researching the permit process and has been talking to contractors. They would need a pilot, plane and a meteorologist if they decide to move forward.

They have already been talking with Sheppard Air Force Base to get the green light to use the air space.

“They know that they're certain areas, certain temperature ranges that they have to be in, certain types of storms, that type of thing so we feel like it could be successful. We just want to make sure that we've covered all the traps,” says Schreiber.

Schreiber says he hopes they could start cloud seeding in March. Of course the project depends on city council's approval and he hopes to have it on the agenda within the next month. 
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