Some Reflections on Hailstorms and Hail Suppression


  • Andrew G Detwiler Institute of Atmospheric Sciences SDSM&T Rapid City, SD


The Weather Modification Association (WMA) has this wonderful journal as a tool to promote the sharing of new and old ideas and insights between members. I would like to use it now to share some reflections on the subject of hailstorms and hail suppression. These reflections come from one who has been only peripherally involved in the study of hail development in hailstorms, and who has learned a little about transport and dispersion of seeding material in flanking cells, but one who has not been directly involved in hail suppression operations. I have had the opportunity to work for 15 years now with a wonderful observing platform that routinely penetrates hailstorms as a participant in collaborative convective storm field programs with various goals. These programs have included participants who have made fundamental contributions to the understanding of hailstorms and hail suppression. I have learned a great deal about hail from being around these folks at meetings, during field operations, sharing meals, and on long road trips. The following thoughts are offered in an effort to continue the discussions that seem to have waned since the demise of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal/State Cooperative Program in Atmospheric Modification Research.






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