The mission of the North American Weather Modification Council (NAWMC) is to advance the proper use of weather modification technologies through education, promotion and research. The Council serves as a forum for the exchange of information on weather modification issues; to promote the effective use of these technologies to enhance precipitation, suppress damaging hail, and mitigate fog; and to advance research and development activities to increase scientific knowledge about weather modification capabilities.
NAWMC Mission Statement
2015-16 NAWMC Scholarship Winners Chosen
The NAWMC is pleased to announce the award of two scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The first recipient is Nicolas Gapp, a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He has received several honors, has analyzed cloud condensation nuclei from aircraft measurements, and serves as historian of the North Dakota student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
The second recipient is Amanda Weber, a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Watershed Science at Colorado State University. Amanda is the first NAWMC scholarship recipient to not be an atmospheric science major. She has received several honors and does library and field research on the spatial variability of snowmelt patterns across the Southern Rockies.
The members of the NAWMC congratulate Nicholas and Amanda on their awards and wish them well in their academic pursuits.
Learn about Cloud Seeding
The NAWMC has developed three brochures on the basics of cloud seeding. The brochures cover the science of cold season and warm season operations and its relation to the climate and environment.
What is Weather Modification?
Weather modification (also known as cloud seeding) is an environmentally friendly way to generate more precipitation from clouds in the form of rain or snow. It works through the introduction of tiny particles ("seeds") that create additional droplets or ice, thereby accelerating the precipitation process and improving the cloud's efficiency. Cloud seeding is also used to reduce hail damage and eliminate fog. This well-established technology has been in use since the 1940s in dozens of countries around the world.
Cloud Seeding in North America
Nature Editorial Calls for Weather Modification Research
Renowned journal, Nature published an editorial calling for a renewed effort in weather modification research. Click here to view.