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Cloud Seeding Start

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Wichita Falls fired it's first flares filled with seeding material for clouds. Gary Walker runs Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research (SOAR) the company assigned to carry out the cloud seeding project. Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. the first three flares were fired near northern Wichita and Wilbarger County.

"Cloud seeding is not a silver bullet for water supply it takes everything. Conservation is certainly important, reuse is certainly important and technology is certainly important," said Walker.

Cloud seeding is not meant to create rain but rather be used a tool to enhance the amount of rain that a cloud can produce. Even though they can't make it rain the goal is to bring in 15 percent rain or more from every seeded cloud. Pilot John Renor explained his role in the cloud seeding operations.

"I try to identify the right area, the right type of cloud and the best place to seed. Were looking for convective clouds are the best for rain and yesterday was not a convective situation. However, the radar technologies, the radios, the GPS and communications have made things a lot more efficient for us," said Renor.

Brian Moore of Moore Aviation owns the plane and hanger that the plane is stored in. Moore helped configure the plane with the latest updated cloud seeding technologies. He placed touch screens inside the cockpit that can display the all necessary digital information in the air available for the pilot.

"Having a defined constant temperature output on the screen is a good tool to an operator. They know, hey I'm in that sweet spot, this is where my flares are going to be the most effective," said Moore.

Walker said both he and his team are monitoring the skies 24/7 in order to take advantage of any clouds to seed that come into Texoma. The seeding operations will continue from now until the end of June, then continue from September 1st through October 31st. whether you believe that cloud seeding works or not it's still up to mother nature to provide Texoma with clouds to seed.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6