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Cloud seeding outlook for the Big Country

ABILENE, Texas - In June of 2014, Haskell, Knox, Stonewall, Jones, and Fisher counties joined to fund a cloud seeding project. According to Texas State Meteorologist George Bomar, the results looked promising.

"A fairly substantial amount of additional acre feet of water was generated from storms that were seeded in that five county area," Bomar said. "We estimate that area wide rain increase from cloud seeding was on the order of 10 to 15 percent."

Bomar says these results are about average from other cloud seeding projects that are going on around Texas, but seeding won't be enough. 

"What we need is a well above average wet season," Bomar said. "I don't see that happening in spring of 2015. That's what we are going to have to have to get these lakes filled. It may be 2019 or 2020 before we see that sort of event again." 

Those same five counties north of Abilene are considering doing cloud seeding again. Last year it cost them about $120,000 to run it.


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