XyKIM L EISLEAR +.a' William Woodley the National Both-Woodley and Vicki Tschinkel,
r .Ti ffWr Oceanographic and Atmospheric Ad-j. secretary ofthe Department of Envi, "'
W P' ministration scientist who for 10 years ronmental Regulation, said the chemi.,
'T TALLAHASSEE -Thed rain patter. headed a federal experiment on cloud cals would not affect the quality of the
ing on "nday -seeding in Florida, said his study "did water and that there was no health ha-
-.was free. not detect any dangers and did not pro- ard from the helical' 4sedl' lh"thf .
SBut the rain that falls in south Fior.- oduce any weather that wouldn't occur cloud seeding. **" .. :..' *.
i.ida, rather that state officials hope will naturally. "Tschinkel said the water level in
fall n the nex few months,"We found that cloud seeding could Southwest Florida Water Management
,allprice tag of up to nh,.000 achieve the desirable effect," said District, which includes Hillsborough
"' That's b Woodley, Gw based in Bouau older, Colo. and Pinellas counties, "is not in serious
That's because Gov. Bob Graham, on The Flor pn cas r e release shape."
a cloudy and rainy Monday, siged an if silver iodide or silver iodate into the She said efforts at conservation,
Executive order allowing "the 'South' top of a cumulus cloud. The seeding af- teamed with some rainfall "seem to
A- .Florida Water Management District to ecs temperatures within the cloud, have stabilized to where they're not in
begin seeding clouds in the hopes of using more droplets o moisture to as drastic a situation."
bringing badly needed water to Lake form. Reflecting on the cost of the project,
.teelob -.,. ,r it The effect is that the clouds become Lt. Gov. Wayne Mixson recalled an in-
Jack Malq director of the water more buoyant, attracting more mois. cident Li 1968 when then Governor
jmakemetVdiect o 'aidthe seeding ture into the cloud and expanding the 'Claude Kirk borrowed a colorful coat
Ia eage me tdit saidLthe simeeding loudd both laterally and vertically, from 'an American Indian and began
at Stake W LOke Kisasimee -*oodley said. The enlarged cloud even. doing a rain dance..
ktate Road 0'.qr M ODeola'and luay will yield 40 percent more rain "It rained like, heck," Mixson re-
keecb c than if it had t been treated with the. called. "You can imagine who took the
Al "silver iodide. credit..
'The state share of the cost will.be asiodide. cred..
much as $100,000but in no case more Not everyone likes the idea of cloud,
than .25 percent of the. total cost of the seeding.
operation. Grahar said. The reminder In California last year, a few hours
Fof the bill will be lpaidy tle water' after a cloud seeding in early February
Smpanagement district'. .'--- a rainstorm flooded the Los Angeles
Lake Okeeqhobee is the direct water area. Woodley said Monday that the
supplier for mast of the towns around California seeding was a different proc-;
Sthe lake, as ell as for portions of Lee ess than the one planned,for the Kis-
rCounty. It is the backup water.supDlv simmee River Valley..
for the major population centers of Woodley also said vegetable farmers .
S Southeast Florida, including Miami. have objected to the seeding during cer- t
The lake also serves as the water tain months. because excessive water;
supply source for the Everglades Na. i could ruin tomatoes by causing too ,
tional Park which has been critically much rain to fall on the plants, filling.
short of water in recent years. the tomatoes until they burst. However, ,
M *Maloy said water in Lake Okeecho- Maloy, said the vegetable farmers don't
bee is at 9.8 feet above sea level, the objectito ; he seeding at this; time of
lowest it has been since record keeping year.
began. A level of 16 feet is normal, he Woodley has noted in the past that
said. cloud seeding can be misused. He noted
South Florida normally receives 16 during an interview while he still
inches of rain from the beginning of worked in the Miami NOAA office that,
June until this part of July,'Maloy said. "Cloud seeding was sorely abused in
This year only 2.5 inches of rain has Vietnam. They used it to produce extra1
fallenon that region. rainfall on the Ho Cti Minh Trail to..
Maloy said the water that has fallen hamper ;. supply movement We
Shas quickly evaporated because of the' shouldn't be using weather modifica-
warmth that followed the rainstorms. tion as a weapon of war."
"We e have since May been under an
emergency situation in Lake Okeecho-
bee service area. All the counties which
Sdelend on the lake have been hopeful
t hat the annual rainy season would pro-
vide enough rainfall to allow us to re-
lieve the restrictions, but that hasn't',