9-day cloud seeding continues to bring rains in Negros

May 12, 2016 6:11 am 

BACOLOD CITY, May 11 — Following the nine-day cloud seeding operations in Negros Island Region as of Tuesday, Negrenses continue to experience rains although mostly in Negros Occidental only, according to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM).

Rains fell mostly in the north and central portions of Negros Occidental and seldom in Negros Oriental.

Monitoring of the NIR Cloud Seeding Operations Team showed portions of La Carlota City and Kabankalan City experiencing rains as the operation resumed Tuesday.

“The prevailing high temperature in the region affects the formation of clouds thus, seedable clouds are currently minimal which also limits our operation,” said Corazon Ditarro, engineer II of Agro-Hydrology and Rain Simulation Section of DA-BSWM.

Since the cloud seeding operations began on May 1, they have already used about 19 flying hours.

At present, Ditarro said they lack cloud spotters in Negros Oriental, and the seedable clouds in the southern part of Negros Occidental are minimal.

She added that once they have fully consumed the 45-hour cloud seeding before the onset of the rainy season, the 60-hour operations funded by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) can also be utilized.

“The 60-hour cloud seeding operations funded by the SRA has already been subjected to post-evaluation last week. It will be the region’s reserve if needs arise,” Ditarro added.(PNA)

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