Cloud seeding operations begin in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 February 2016 11:38

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

Cloud seeding operations to curb the impact of El Niño in the City has pushed through with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-led Task Force El Niño team flying the first seeding sortie Wednesday afternoon, February 17.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat confirmed that three seeding sorties have been undertaken to date. Each sortie, or cloud seeding flight, uses five kilograms of powderized salt to ‘seed’ potential rainclouds sighted by cloud-spotters and equipment stationed at Mt. Pulongbato in Abong-abong.

Palacat said a total of 45-50 cloud seeding sorties will be conducted by the PAGASA team until February 28 as part of the local and national government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the ongoing dry spell in the City.

The latest report from the Office of the City Agriculturist puts damages to crops at Php 17.4 M and over 860 hectares of affected agricultural lands.

The cloud seeding operations in the City is conducted by the PAGASA team in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist and the Philippine Air Force. The Task Force El    Niño of the PAGASA arrived from Manila Monday, February 15 specifically to assist the City in the conduct of cloud seeding operations.

Cloud seeding is the process of spreading either dry ice or silver iodide aerosols into the upper part of clouds in a bid to stimulate the precipitation process and form rain. — Jasmine Mohammadsali