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News & Upcoming Events
Recent Industry News
Popular Science: June 23, 2017
As drought looms, could this team of scientists prove cloud seeding works?
Upcoming Association Meeting
April 17-20, 2017
Join us in Boise, Idaho April 17-20, 2017 for the Annual Conference. This year's meeting will be in conjunction with the Western Snow Conference. For more information on the Western Snow Conference portion, please visit www.westernsnowconference.org.
What is Cloud Seeding?
Weather Modification can be both planned, as is the case in cloud seeding, or inadvertent, for example, when pollution affects visibility. Planned (deliberate) weather modification is also commonly know as cloud seeding, cloud modification, or atmospheric water management.
Current Executive Officers
Stephanie Beall is a Meteorologist with North American Weather Consultants in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stephanie has worked as a meteorologist in the field for twelve years, with experience in rain enhancement, hail suppression and snowpack augmentation. She has worked on field projects in Texas, California and Utah. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has served on the board of a Local AMS Chapter. She has also served as the Webmaster for the WMA since 2007.
Dr. Paul Kucera has over 25 years of field experience in weather modification assessment and precipitation research. As a Project Scientist at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, he has led airborne and ground research operations, radar networking, education and outreach, evaluation of experimental forecasts, and assessment of cloud seeding programs for multiple international clients. He currently is Chair of the CGMS International Precipitation Working Group and a member of the American Geophysical Union Committee on Precipitation.
Frank McDonough has been a research and operational meteorologist for the past 25 years. His primary research interests are mountain meteorology, winter storms, and the small-scale structures of subfreezing clouds and precipitation. Frank serves as the program manager for the cloud seeding team at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and manages research and operational cloud seeding projects in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. Prior to working at DRI, while at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), he worked on several aircraft icing research programs and co-developed the National Weather Service’s operational in-flight icing products.
Tom RyanPAST PRESIDENT
Tom Ryan is a Resource Specialist with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in LA. Tom has worked on Colorado River water resources issues at Metropolitan for twenty years and is currently the project manager for the seven Colorado River Basin States' river augmentation programs. For five years Tom served as President of the North American Weather Modification Council.