Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco’s newspaper Aujourd’hui Le Maroc run an article in its yesterday’s edition shedding light on this year’s cloud seeding program aimed to induce rain in different parts of the kingdom, a strategy the Moroccan kingdom has adopted for years now, well-known as ” Al-Ghait Program.”
Aujourd’hui Le Maroc interviewed Lhoussaine Youabd, head of communication department of the Directorate of National Meteorology.
The man threw a spotlight on the “Al Ghait Program”, telling the Moroccan paper that “the recent rainfalls and snowfalls Morocco has been witnessing lately were the results of the artificial inducing of rain.”
The man stressed that though this program may not be well known among mainstream Moroccans, it has been carried out since 1996.
The Al Ghait Program kicks off every year on the 1st of November and winds up on the 30th of April, the man said.
Rain is induced, according to Youabd, by flying through, on top, or underneath clouds using a King Air 200 aircraft, to spread hygroscopic cartridges on warm clouds.
The program is carried out in conjunction with the Moroccan Royal Air Force, which provides the aforementioned aircraft.
According to Lhoussaine Youabd, the impact of the use of this technique on the quality of water was studied and revealed good results; it does not affect the quality of water.
The Moroccan Times.