Cloud seeding operation starts Saturday in Zambo

March 5, 2010 11:14 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 5 – City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat announced that the cloud seeding operations by the Department of Agriculture (DA) will start Saturday in this southern port city.

Palacat said the Cesna plane to be used by the cloud seeding team of the DA in its flying sorties has arrived here Friday.

Palacat said the cloud seeding operations will be a joint effort of his office, the DA as well as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The PAGASA personnel will assist the cloud seeding team to determine the wind direction to ensure the rain will fall in its intended place, according to Palacat.

The DA has allocated P2.7 million for the conduct of cloud seeding operations in this southern port city and other parts of Zamboanga Peninsula.

The cloud seeding team of the DA is expected to conduct at least 70 flying sorties to help induce artificial rain in areas hardest hit by the drought.

Cloud seeding is a form of weather modification whereby salt crystals are released into a cloud with the use of airplanes.

The particles of the salt crystals grow until they are large enough to cause precipitation to form water.

The cloud seeding operation is aimed to help alleviate the plight of the farmers who are greatly affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

The cloud seeding methods are also expected to help raise the level of water resevoirs. (PNA) LAP/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb

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