Facebook is cloud spotters’ central in Davao
Cloud spotters in the Davao Region are using Facebook as an inexpensive way to spot potential clouds for seeding and to communicate with each other to make the process of inducing rain more effective.
The Philippine Information Agency, quoting DA-Region XI action officer for cloud seeding Adel Warren Sabelino, reported that cloud spotters post pictures of potential clouds for seeding on a Facebook account.
Experts will then download the photos from Facebook messenger and analyze if the clouds can be seeded.
Sabelino said the region has 54 cloud spotters by the Philippine Air Force cloud seeding section to look for “candidate” clouds, measure the humidity, and calculate wind speed and direction.
Cloud spotters look for cumulo-nimbus clouds, which are dense and towering vertical types.
He said the system has an 80 percent cloud seeding efficiency.
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management conducted cloud seeding operations from April 4 to 16 at the cost of P2 million.
Cloud seeding was done in the municipalities and cities of Sto. Tomas, Panabo, Carmen and Tagum in Davao del Norte; Digos City; and Bansalan, Magsaysay and Matanao towns in Davao del Sur.