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Wallace E. Howell

A simple absorption meter has been built, by using an interference filter, which compares the intensity of incident light in a water-vapor absorption band and in a nearby “window” band. Experiments with the instrument show that it is sensitive to small differences in absorption not only from a direct sunbeam but also from diffuse light scattered by the sky or reflected from clouds. Further observations on clouds are suggested as perhaps being capable of useful interpretation.

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Wallace E. Howell

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Occurrences and quantity of rainfall in three areas in central Cuba are related to accompanying large-scale weather patterns, to winds at three levels in the atmosphere, and to the lapse rates. The relationships are described, with comments as to causes of them.

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Aspects of the finding, by simulation, that historical/operational target/control evaluations of weather modification projects are radical appear questionable. Their form is simulated but not their content. The radical tendency has already been discounted in reviewing bodies. Means are available to reduce the degree of radicalism. Attention to these possibilities may well lead to cost-effective new information from past operational data.

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A program of cloud seeding for rain stimulation has been carried on since September 1951, interrupted only by flood periods and the winter dry seasons, on the headwaters of the Rios Moche, Chicama and jequetepeque and adjacent parts of the continental divide between about 7S and 8S, using mainly silver iodide seeding from the ground. The climate is one of winter drought and summer convective rain resulting from complex interactions between the Pacific marine layer and the overlying easterlies. Compared with seasonal averages for twelve seasons before seeding began, twelve seeded seasons indicate a rainfall increase estimated at from 8 to 15 per cent. Conventional tests show significance at about the 2 per cent level but are rendered inconclusive by lack of prescribed experimental design and the fact that practical application is the primary mission of the program with experimental design having been subordinated. Criteria establishing the economic break-even point for continuance of the program are, however, amply exceeded.

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A short account is given of seven cloud-seeding programs conducted in the summer and autumn of 1964 for drought relief in the Northeast, and evaluations of six of them by target-control regressions of normalized monthly data are presented. The results indicate increases varying from one to sixty per cent, averaging twenty-five per cent, nominally significant at the one per cent level. Circumstances such as non-randomization that compromise the evaluation are discussed. Note is also taken of an indicated fourteen per cent rainfall increase in 1964 in a hail-suppression target area where operations were recently suspended on account of a state law prohibiting cloud seeding on the grounds that it contributes to drought.

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