The Application of Geostationary Satellite Imagery for Decision-Making in Convective Cloud Seeding in North Dakota

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  • Bruce A Boe North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board Bismarck, ND
  • James A Jung North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board Bismarck, ND

Abstract

A McIDAS (Man-computer Interactive Data Access System) workstation was employed to monitor the development, movement, and eventual decay of convective clouds over target areas totalling 366,000 km^2 in western North Dakota. Information relevant to cloud seeding strategies for both rainfall enhancement and hail suppression was relayed to the field meteorologists at their radar sites in near real-time, where the operational decisions were made. Both the utility and the timeliness of the information were evaluated. Shortcomings are also discussed.

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