Cloud seeding put on hold due to rainy season

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  • Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014

Cloud seeding operation in progress. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Cloud seeding operations will be put on hold for a few days as the country is seeing near daily thunderstorms and showers of the inter-monsoon season, even if the levels in the dams in Klang Valley are not showing any signs of increasing.

National weather centre director Muham­mad Helmi Abdullah said cloud seeding was unnecessary given the current rainfall patterns.

He added that it would only be a matter of time before the water levels rose as the rainy season continued.

“Let nature take its course. After a prolonged dry spell, one cannot expect water levels to increase after several days of rainfall.

“The soil around the water catchment area is so dry that water will simply be absorbed into the ground, making water levels in the dams appear unchanged,” said Helmi.

He added that the states in Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast area were expected to receive normal rainfall of between 200 and 300mm during the inter-monsoon season, and that would be sufficient to raise water levels at the dams if the wet spell continued in the coming weeks.

The inter-monsoon season, which is expected to begin at the end of this month, will last until the middle of May.

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