1095 The Karnataka Rainfall Enhancement Program 2017

Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Bruce A. Boe, Weather Modification International, Fargo, ND; and V. S. Makitov

Two twin-engine turboprop seeding aircraft and three C-band digital weather radars were deployed to seed and monitor clouds over the State of Karnataka during the months of August and September 2017. This state-sponsored program used a network of 6,000 tipping-bucket rain gauges to record and report precipitation in 15-min periods, affording a uniquely-detailed picture of precipitation throughout the period. This network is maintained and operated by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre. Hygroscopic or glaciogenic seeding of convective cells were conducted. Rain gauge records and bulk storm statistics created by TITAN radar software are used to address seeding efficacy during the southwest monsoon season. Implications for future seeding efforts in the state are presented.
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