The Legislature, which has provided no funds for cloud seeding in northern Utah since 1981, will be pressured during the 1989 session to reactivate the program, said Kent Hortin, coordinator of the Bear River Resource Conservation and Development Office.
"If the drought situation continues, we will be pushing for an emergency winter program early this fall," he said.Hortin, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administered the cloud-seeding program for Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties.
"It would have helped a lot to have had a program in place this year," he said. "I'm not sure how much benefit it would be right now, because we haven't learned to develop clouds, but once we got the moisture out of the clouds, our rainfall increased by at least 14 percent."
He said the hail-suppression part of the program may have been the most important because during dry weather, when Utah does get storms, they more often include hail.