Up, up and away into the atmosphere

SERCD helps students learn about cloud seeding


Doug Radunich

Dan Gilbert, chief meteorologist for Weather Modification Inc., prepares to release a weather balloon in front of Saratoga Elementary kindergarten and first-grade students.

Platte Valley elementary students witnessed a rousing outdoor lesson in cloud seeding last week, with help from the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District's (SERCD) Natural Resource Education Program.

The field days were organized in part of SERCD and lesson presenters included meteorologists Dan Gilbert and Brad Waller, both of the Fargo, N.D.-based Weather Modification Incorporated (WMI). For each day throughout Feb. 10-13, the two presented part of their cloud seeding research project, which was set in place to create more snow in the Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre Mountains.


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