Williston, ND (KEYZ) A cloud seeding expert from Fargo is defending the states program in western North Dakota to increase the rainfall, using silver iodide and dry ice dropped by airplanes into the clouds. Neil Brackin president of Weather Modification Inc., a company formed back in 1961 by a couple of Bowman farmers, says the program not only works, it’s cost effective.
“The independent studies performed by North Dakota State University and others have shown that depending on the year it’s a 20 to 25 to 1 return on every dollar invested in that program in western North Dakota”, Brackin tells News and Views on 660 KEYZ News radio.
The program has increased rainfall by five percent in areas used however Brackin says this all depends on clouds in the area. You must have clouds, the seeding won’t work without them. Hettinger County residents are circulating a petition that seeks to end the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project, they suspect the program is making matters worse and some want to return to what they call “natural weather” patterns. Brackin says the procedure doesn’t alter weather patterns, or create rain…”it merely tends to increase the amount of rainfall”.
(photo supplied by Weather Modification Inc.)