Drought is limiting targets for Texas cloud seeders

Boston Herald - FORT WORTH, Texas — Everyone is complaining about the relentless drought, but a handful of Texas groups are trying to do something about it by wringing a little more rain from the few clouds in the sky.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Everyone is complaining about the relentless drought, but a handful of Texas groups are trying to do something about it by wringing a little more rain from the few clouds in the sky.

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"This year, the shortage in cloud resources is a real problem. It’s the worst year in the 12 years I’ve been here," said Archie Ruiz, an instructor at Texas Tech University.

A former research scientist in cloud physics and weather modification for the Cuban National Academy of Sciences, Ruiz analyzes data for the Texas Weather Modification Association, made up of the seeding programs.

"The drought is limiting things. Normally you could seed 100 to 120 clouds in San Angelo. This year, up until June 30, there were less than 20 clouds," Ruiz said.

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