The dispersion of silver iodide particles from ground-based generators over complex terrain. Part I: Observations with acoustic ice nucleus counters

Part I of this paper presents the results from a series of plume-tracing flights over the Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre Ranges in south-central Wyoming. These flights, conducted during February and early March of 2011, were part of the Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Project. Effective targeting of ground-based silver iodide plumes to supercooled clouds has long been a problem for winter orographic cloud-seeding projects. Surface-based ice nucleus (IN) measurements made at a fixed location near the Medicine Bow Range target area had confirmed the effective transport of IN plumes in many cases, but not all. Airborne plume tracing, undertaken to further illuminate the processes involved, provided additional insight into the plume behavior while providing physical measurements that were later compared with large-eddy-simulation modeling (Part II). It was found that the plumes were most often encountered along the flight paths set out in the experimental designs and, in the absence of convection, appear to be mostly confined to the lowest 600 m above the highest terrain. All passes above 600 m above ground level revealed IN concentrations greater than background levels, however. An estimate of IN flux measured over the Medicine Bow Range was approximately 85% of that produced by the five ground-based IN generators active at the time.

To Access Resource:

Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

    UCAR/NCAR - Library

Resource Type publication
Temporal Range Begin N/A
Temporal Range End N/A
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links N/A
Additional Information N/A
Resource Format PDF
Standardized Resource Format PDF
Asset Size N/A
Legal Constraints

Copyright 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS). Permission to use figures, tables, and brief excerpts from this work in scientific and educational works is hereby granted provided that the source is acknowledged. Any use of material in this work that is determined to be "fair use" under Section 107 or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law (17 USC, as revised by P.L. 94-553) does not require the Society's permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form on servers, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statements, requires written permission or license from the AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policies, available from the AMS at 617-227-2425 or Permission to place a copy of this work on this server has been provided by the AMS. The AMS does not guarantee that the copy provided here is an accurate copy of the published work.

Access Constraints None
Software Implementation Language N/A

Resource Support Name N/A
Resource Support Email
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Library
Distributor N/A
Metadata Contact Name N/A
Metadata Contact Email
Metadata Contact Organization UCAR/NCAR - Library

Author Boe, Bruce
Heimbach, James
Krauss, Terrence
Xue, Lulin
Chu, Xia
McPartland, John
Publisher UCAR/NCAR - Library
Publication Date 2014-06-01T00:00:00
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Not Assigned
Alternate Identifier N/A
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category geoscientificInformation
Progress N/A
Metadata Date 2023-04-14T21:21:26.522226
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.opensky::articles:14170
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Boe, Bruce, Heimbach, James, Krauss, Terrence, Xue, Lulin, Chu, Xia, McPartland, John. (2014). The dispersion of silver iodide particles from ground-based generators over complex terrain. Part I: Observations with acoustic ice nucleus counters. UCAR/NCAR - Library. Accessed 03 June 2023.

Harvest Source