Title: Cloud Seeding for Lake Probed
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Title: Cloud Seeding for Lake Probed
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Language: English
Publisher: Tampa Tribune
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Cloud Seeding for Lake Probed, 7/9/1981
General Note: Box 10, Folder 22 ( SF Water Modification - 1981-83 ), Item 20
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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WEST PALM BEACH (UPI)- South Florida water i
agement o ulc caall w i aweadiwe modiflcatioknei
today to determine I seeding cloud can 'I it rait
fast-drying Lake Okeechobee. e
The 70* -iupi mle lake, main reservifoko saith
ida w e half thelata's population live, stood at
feet Wednesday,.arecordlos
The National Oceanic ad. Atmospheric Adminlsr
(NOAA) conducted experiments over remote areas o
Everglades several years ago and concluded that see
clouds with sver iodide crystals is capable of increi
rainfall by about 25 percent.
"At this point in time, we're not looking for an acad
experiment We're looking for a way to increase rain
said John Wodraska, assistant director of the South Fl
Water Management Dstrict
. District engineers estimate cloud ending to produce
for Lake Ohachobee will cost at least $200,000, deper
on the number of times it isdone. The district would ha
hirea private firm to do the cloud seeding under direct
NOAAexperts.
Members of the district's governing board will first
answers to ~estions about cloud seeding before votil
funds.Dr.Wiliam Woodley from NOAA's weather mod
tion laboratoy at Boulder, Colo. will be on hand for co
tatin. He was one of a sin-member team that conduct


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nan- extensive cloud seedingexperiments over the Everglades.'"
pert :Thei g quests are whether cloud seeding is a reliable
over rain producer and if the rain can be pinpointed where it's
need~ t maiyr over Like Oree hobee and the parched
Flor. Isuimm ii Riverbasntht feeds into the big lake.
10.07 : h w' s t Flotida. dought duiie 1971 ended, but only
partiay, with summertime thundershowers in early June.
tion Most of the rains since have fallen on the coastal regions and
f the south of Lake Okeechobee. They raised the level ofcanals
dding and municipalwellfields but not the lake.
ning Because of Lake Okeechobee's continued fall, the water
management district has kept south Florida under manda-
emic tory ordersto cut back water'use by 10 percent. Residents of
fall," communities that get their fresh water directly from:,the
orida Lake remain uider 25 percent cutback orders.
The leel of Lake Okeechobee must be raised before the
I rain next dry deassn begins in November because that is when its
hiding water is needed most to supply the 4.5 million residents of
ve to eight south Florida counties and the heavy demands of the
on of region's extensive winter farming industries.
Well get through this rainy season, but come Novem-
seek ber, if we don't have the lake for reserve,, the lower east
g the coast will definitely be on a stricter conservation mode,"
ifca. Wodralsk said.
Insul- "We're talking about 25 percent cuts and the possibility
d the of going beyond that is realityy"


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WEST PALM BEACH (UP -, South Florida water man- \ extensive cloud seeding experiments over the Everglades. .
agementofficials will call in weather modification expert The big questions are whether cloud seeding is a reliable
today to determine if seeding cloudsbcan make it rain ovpr f producer and if the rain can be pinpointed where it's
fast-drying Lake Okeechobee. needed mainly over Lake Okeechobee and the parched
'I The 700-square-mile lake, main reservoir for south Flor- River basin thalfeeds Into the big lake "'
ida where half the state's population lives stood at 10.07 The rt Florida drodght since 1971 ended, but only
feet Wednesday, a record low. '* partially, with summertime thundershowers, in early June. 1
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Most of the rains since have fallen bn the coastal regions and -
(NOAA) conducted experiments over remote areas of the south of Lake Okeechobee. They raised the level of canals
: Everglades several years ago and concluded that seeding and municipal weilfields but not the lake.
Clouds with silver iodide crystals is capable of increan Because of Lake Okeechobee's continued fall, the water
rainfall by about 25 percent. management district has kept south Florida under manda-
"At this point In time, we're not looking for an academic tory orders to cut back water use by 10 percent. Residents of
experiment. We're looking for a way to increase rainfal," communitiess that get- their fresh water direct" q. the
said John Wodraska, assistant director of the South Floria .lake remain under 25 percent cutback orders. "... '
Water Management District. d.t The level of Lake Okeechobee must be raised before the
District engineers estimate cloud seeding to produce rain a next dry season begins in November because that is when its
for Lake Okeechobee will cost at least $200,000, depending water is needed most to supply the 4.5 million residents of,
on the number of times it is done. The district would have to' eight south Florida counties and the heavy demands of the
hire a private firm to do the cloud seeding under, direction of eon's extensive winter farming industries. '
.NOAA experts. Kr "Well get through this rainy season, but come Novem-
SMembers of the district's governing board will first seek ber, tf te don't have the lake for reserve, the lower east
answers to questions about cloud seeding before voting the coast will definitely be on a stricter,conservation mode,"
funds. Dr. William Woodley from NOAA's weather modifica4. odraka said.
tio laboratory at Boulder, Colo., will be on hand for consul-t "We're talking about 25 percent cuts and the possibility
S station. He was one of a six-member team that conducted theo going beayod hat is a reallyy" "- .. .. '
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