Haze: Cloud seeding useless for now, says DOE

The Star, 23 Jun 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Cloud seeding to reduce the smog shrouding the country, especially in Muar and Ledang, cannot be carried out because of the dry and cloudless weather.

Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan said based on observation by the department, cloud seeding could done in a few more days but it all depends on the weather.

Meteorological Department director-general Che Gayah Ismail said cloud seeding, if done during unsuitable condition, would not be successful.

In cloudless and dry condition, as well as with the tropical storm Bebinca (Fabian) approaching the South China Sea and strong winds from the south west bringing the haze, it would make the cloud seeding process more difficult, she told reporters.

Also present at the media conference were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Halimah.

Che Gayah said with the Fabian storm expected to end tomorrow, the weather should improve with some rain to reduce the haze in the country.

Currently, the weather is dry due to the southwest monsoon which is expected to end in September, she added. – Bernama.