FoEME's Jordanian Director Mr. Munqeth Mehyar met with the Ambassador of Thailand Mr. Piriya Khemponr in Amman on WEATHER MODIFICATION and cloud seeding, a program successfully developed & used in Thailand to enhance rainfall - to see if it can be used in Jordan to help manage their water resources and needs.
Cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud. The usual intent is to increase precipitation (rain or snow), but hail and fog suppression are also widely practiced in airports.
In 1984, in the midst of a lingering drought, the Edwards Underground Water District approved a $400,000 contract with North American Weather Consultants to initiate a cloud seeding effort in the Edwards region.
After Dr. Schaefer discovered the principle of modern-day cloud seeding, interest in south Texas was revived. By 1950, the Guadalupe-Medina Floodwater Reclamation Association was promoting a cloud seeding program for the Medina River watershed.
Taking into account the promising results of the first three seasons of the Project, in 2004 two domestic An-26 aircraft have been equipped with a basic research instrument package and technical means for cloud seeding.
Vincent Schaefer (1906–1993) discovered the principle of cloud seeding. One hot and humid July 14, 1946, he wanted to try a few experiments at General Electric's Schenectady Research Lab. Within the month, Schaefer's colleague, the noted atmospheric scientist Dr. Bernard Vonnegut (brother of novelist Kurt Vonnegut) is credited with discovering another method for "seeding" supercooled cloud water.