Operational Improvements on the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project

Authors

  • Mark D. Schneider North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board, Bismark, North Dakota
  • Darin W. Langerud North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board, Bismark, North Dakota

Abstract

The North Dakota Cloud Modification Project (NDCMP) has benefited significantly from improvements in technology and upgrades in equipment over its 35-year history.  NDCMP meteorologists and pilots, some with three to six years of experience, are working more effectively with new resources and tools such as upgraded radar technologies, higher performance aircraft, and Internet nowcasting products. The results are greatly improved response times between aircraft launch and on-station seeding and more precise targeting of seeding opportunities on the NDCMP.

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Technical Notes and Correspondence