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Press Release 11-132

Big Hole Filled in Cloud Research

Planes may punch precipitation-producing holes or canals into clouds, and thereby increase precipitation near airports

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Photo of lead researcher Andrew Heymsfield monitoring clouds from an aircraft.

Lead researcher Andrew Heymsfield monitors clouds from a C130 aircraft owned by NCAR and NSF.

Credit: Andrew Heymsfield and coauthors


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Andrew Heymsfield of the National Center for Atmospheric Research talks about hole-punching in clouds by aircraft.

Credit: Copyright UCAR

 

Cover of the July 1, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the July 1, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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