Seven years of weather modification in central and southern Utah

TitleSeven years of weather modification in central and southern Utah
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1981
AuthorsSummers, P. C., Griffith D., and Ogden V. C.
Conference Name49th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 49th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1981
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSt. George, Utah
KeywordsCloud seeding, Target areas, Weather modification

A post-hoc statistical evaluation of an operational cloud seeding project, designed to enhance winter snowfall in the mountainous sections of central and southern Utah, was based on comparison between several control areas and multiple target areas. Linear regression equations were developed for each control-target area combination based on average January-March precipitation, 1956-1973; from 1974 through 1980 the target was seeded consistently during these months. Ratios of observed to calculated precipitation are presented for the target areas and several sub-target areas based on the predictions using the control area precipitation as predictor for the seeded years. Significance of the results was determined using a one-tailed Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney ranking test. On the basis of this evaluation it is concluded that seeding has been successful in increasing the January-March precipitation within the intended target areas over the seven years seeded period.