Cloud seeding cannot be done now because of dry and cloudless conditions

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Cloud seeding to reduce the smog shrouding the country, especially in Muar and Ledang, to improve the air quality could not be done at the moment 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 would depend on the weather.

Meanwhile, 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 at a media conference here today.

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, she expected the weather to 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