Byers, Dr Horace 1972-10-16

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Dr. Horace Byers, head of the Texas A & M meteorology department, discusses Weather Bureau prediction and the state of weather modification at present.

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Interviewee Name: Dr. Horace Byers

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Date: October 16, 1972

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Weather Bureau methods of weather prediction discussed, Analog and numerical processes clarified, Mention of "long-range" predictions, Describes conflict between Dr. Irving Krick's organization and other meteorologists, Need for pure research cited, Florida cloudseeding project explored, Comments on Bureau of Reclamation project, Discussion of the development of ground generators and the use of silver iodide for cloudseeding, Hygroscopic nuclei innovation examined, Expressed opinion on state and national cloudseeding policies, Review of Dr. Irving Langmuir's claims and activities, Vincent Schaefer's experiment noted, Early laboratory discovery of principles later used in weather modification

Tape 1, Side 2: Withdrawal of weather modification from exclusive control of National Science Foundation, Cites federal surveys made of potential social problems in areas of weather modification, Expresses apprehension concerning Plainview hail suppression, Limits of commercial cloudseeding for research stated, Peculiarities of weather modification research needs, Lists problems anticipated in further research

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