The Hail Suppression Program in Greece

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  • Thomas J Henderson Atmospherics Incorporated Fresno, California

Abstract

During the 1984 and 1985 summer seasons in Greece, an operational cloud seeding program was conducted to reduce hail intensity at ground level over three target areas. The program was sponsored by the Greek government and operated by Atmospherics Incorporated of Fresno, California. Five cloud seeding aircraft, two S-band radars, one C-band radar, upper air sounding equipment, a severe storm forecasting unit, a computerized Digital Video Scanning System and the aerial application of pyrotechnic generated silver iodide formed the core operational components of this program. One of the target areas included a network of polyfoam hailpads plus the design and application of a randomized crossover exploratory experiment. The operational aspects are summarized and the preliminary results from the analysis of hailpad data are presented.

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