On the Cloud Seeding Potential of the Black Hills

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  • Harold D Orville Institute of Atmospheric Sciences South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota
  • James R Miller Institute of Atmospheric Sciences South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota

Abstract

Four of the past five years have seen below normal precipitation and the decrease of water resources in one of the main reservoirs in the Black Hills. At the same time, recent publications of research results have indicated favorable effects of cloud seeding in winter/spring orographic cloud situations. Although the degree to which these results would apply to the Black Hills is not known, discussion of the potential of cloud seeding to the Black Hills is appropriate, because instrumentation, computer, and modeling developments make the prospects of a definitive research and operational cloud seeding project a definite possibility. This paper summarizes some of the background material needed to plan for cloud seeding in the Black Hills to enhance the water resources of the area.

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