WHEREAS research has shown that a seeded cloud dispenses all of its moisture within a twenty (20) mile radius;AND WHEREAS the current Hail Suppression Weather Modification Program being funded by insurance companies is designed to limit damage in urban areas;AND WHEREAS the South/Central Eastern portion of the Province of Alberta has suffered one the worst droughts ever;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties urge the Governments of Alberta and Canada to immediately form a committee to study the effects of Hail Suppression/Weather Modification in regards to the drought in South/Central Eastern Alberta, and to report back to the AAMDC 2002 Spring Convention.
It is believed that hail suppression used along the central corridor of Alberta causes clouds to dispense their moisture immediately rather than allowing rain clouds to carry on in an easterly direction thus contributing to the severe drought in Eastern Alberta.The matter of diversion of rainfall should not be taken lightly. The diversion of water from our rivers and streams is highly regulated, as all types of water diversion should be. A hail suppression program used to limit damage in one area should not be implemented at the expense of another area.
Resolution 8-98F, endorsed by delegates to the Fall 1998 Convention, calls on the federal and provincial governments to ensure that no further Hail Suppression/Weather Modification programs are conducted in the province of Alberta, until there is evidence to prove that these programs do not in any way affect or alter weather patterns and precipitation in non-target areas.