19 September 2018 | Minot Daily News
The North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board reported 444.48 flight hours flown in the district that includes Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward and Williams counties. Flight hours were above the 10-year average of 422.82 hours.
Of the 2018 hours, 317.55 hours were flown for hail suppression, 66.98 hours for rain enhancement, 12.53 hours for reconnaissance and 47.42 hours for aircraft repositioning, according to information provided to the Ward County Commission.
There were 37 operational days out of a possible 92 project days when hail suppression, rain enhancement and/or reconnaissance flights were flown in the district. Hail suppression operations were flown on 27 of the operational days, rain enhancement on 17 days and reconnaissance operations on 10 days.
Planning meetings for the 2019 cloud modification program will be held in January. Seeding operations are scheduled to resume June 1.