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Stormfury Cumulus Experiments: Preliminary Results 1965

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  • a Environmental Science Services Administration, Washington, D. C.
  • | b U. S. Navy, Norfolk, Va.
  • | c U. S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.
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Abstract

This paper is a preliminary summary of results of a tropical cumulus seeding experiment. Individual supercooled cumuli were seeded by silver iodide pyrotechnics and studied before and after by radar, photography and multi-aircraft penetrations. The choice of “seeded” versus “control” cloud was made from sealed instructions opened on the seeding aircraft.

Twenty-two cases were studied on nine days, with fifteen seeded and seven controls, largely in matched pairs. Two-thirds of the properly seeded clouds underwent marked vertical growth while six-sevenths of the controls did not. It is suggested that this and sequel experiments can delineate conditions under which seeding may have different effects upon clouds.

Abstract

This paper is a preliminary summary of results of a tropical cumulus seeding experiment. Individual supercooled cumuli were seeded by silver iodide pyrotechnics and studied before and after by radar, photography and multi-aircraft penetrations. The choice of “seeded” versus “control” cloud was made from sealed instructions opened on the seeding aircraft.

Twenty-two cases were studied on nine days, with fifteen seeded and seven controls, largely in matched pairs. Two-thirds of the properly seeded clouds underwent marked vertical growth while six-sevenths of the controls did not. It is suggested that this and sequel experiments can delineate conditions under which seeding may have different effects upon clouds.

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