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Seedable clouds
needed for rain in south

The chances of rain in the highland areas in southern Negros depend on the cloud formation or seedable clouds, Corazon Ditarro, engineer 2 of the Bureau of Soil and Water Management-Agro Hydrology and Rain Stimulation Section, said yesterday.

This was in response to the call of the farmers in highland areas of Cauayan and Sipalay who recently asked for aid from the town and city government to address the farming woes brought by the continuous drought.

“We are still on the 7-hour mark of the 45 hours allotted for the cloud-seeding in Negros. Hopefully within the remaining hours, we can spot seedable clouds that will bring rain to those areas,” Ditarro said.

She said the formation of seedable clouds is unstable because of the high temperature of the ground that causes the cloud to easily break.

Yesterday afternoon, a moderate 45-minute rain was recorded in Pontevedra, La Carlota and portions of Sipalay City, she said.

BSWM and its partners in the cloud-seeding operations are using Facebook Messenger to update real-time spotting of cloud formations.

“Once the pictures of the clouds are received and assessed, the Philippine Air Force would then decide to seed the clouds in the area,” she said.

The list of LGU spotters is not yet complete in the group, BSWM is aiming to include every LGU to ensure that all areas are monitored and reported for possible cloud-seeding, she also said.*KBC


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