A Note on the Potential for Seeding Fire-Induced Convective Clouds

Edmond W Holroyd, III, Arlin B Super

Abstract


The recent outbreaks of widespread, drought-related forest and range fires in the Western United States have increased interest in reducing fire danger and damage. One possible approach that deserves serious assessment is the application of cloud seeding to convective clouds over the fire-prone areas. Such clouds may form naturally, especially over mountainous terrain, or may be produced or enhanced by the fires themselves. This note examines a September 1988 afternoon with fire-induced convective clouds as viewed with digital satellite data. It is recommended that similar studies be made of the entire 1988 fire season in the West to determine the frequency of clouds possibly suitable for seeding.

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