This year marks the first time in the 35 year history of the Weather Modification Association that a meeting has been organized in any county beyond the United States, Canada and Mexico. Because of its lengthy and auspicious background in cloud physics research and weather modification operations programs, France was an appropriate candidate for this "first" in WMA history.
The various areas of France, and the programs conducted by French scientists, are not new to many WMA members. Examples of memorable events include the Instrumentation Conference in Lannemezan (September 1967) and the International Cloud Physics and Weather Modification Conferences in Clermont-Ferrand (August 1980). Within our scientific community these meetings have always provided the WMA members with enthusiasm and encouragement for both research and applied activities.
The cover of Volume 17 was chosen in support of the WMA September meeting Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse. These cities boast the Institutet Observatoire de Physique du Globe, Observatoire du Puy de Dome (Clermont-Ferrand) and the Association Nationale D'Etude et de Lutte Contre les Fleaux Atmospheriques (Toulouse). The maps on the Journal cover show these cities located in southern and south-central France, certainly within some of the loveliest rural areas in the world.
The Association is grateful to our French colleagues for providing the opportunity.