Lightning Reduction Studied

Lightning Reduction Studied

Seeding clouds to reduce lightning that can cause forest fires is being studied by a United States Bureau of Land Management project based in Fairbanks, Alaska. James W. Franks, the project head, said reducing lighting incidence has proved more effective than rain-making in combatting forest fires.

The Northern Forest Fire Laboratory in Missoula, Mont., has reported that seeded storms produced 66 percent fewer cloud-to-ground lightning bolts and 54 percent less total lightning than unseeded storms.

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