The University of North Dakota's Department of Aviation has been awarded a $1,035,228 contract by the Bureau of Reclamation to study downwind effects of high-altitude cloud seeding and to train pilots for weather modification projects. The University will work closely with Reclamation's High Plains Cooperative Program (HIPLEX), the Federal research project in cloud seeding for enhanced growing-season rainfall in the High Plains region. The 3½-year contract will enable the flight students to receive specialized training as well as on-the-job experience on actual cloud-seeding projects.
‘HIPLEX scientists report indications of increased precipitation when specific types of clouds are seeded at their tops, at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet,’ Commissioner of Reclamation R. Keith Higginson said. ‘As these studies continue, the University will attempt to determine if there are effects in areas downwind from seeded clouds.’