It has been accepted that human activities can in fact modify and change the weather. KCMC provides technology and operational servicesnot only to enhance rainfall, , but also for cloud research purposes, which will make weather study more predictable thereby helping the agricultural community in particular and mitigate water shortfall in general for the ever growing demand of potable water..
Cloud seeding is the process of inducing microscopic particles or aerosols like Calcium Chloride or Silver iodide into the clouds which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud. This process triggers the formation of rain drops. In the case of aerial cloud seeding, Radar is used to scientifically identify rain bearing clouds and other potential seedable (rain bearing) clouds which otherwise go without precipitation. Then a specially modified aircraft fitted with flare racks is used to disperse Silver Iodide or Calcium Chloride into the updraft of the cloud base or in some cases would seed from top of the cloud by burning or ejecting Hygroscopic or Glaciogenic flares . These particles get evenly distributed in the cloud and participate in the formation of hygroscopic nucleus on which the water vapor condenses and forms rain drops.
Various studies have been conducted using aircrafts to study various properties of the clouds and the atmosphere. To name a few:
For general atmospheric measurement and characterization:
For the measurement of cloud hydrometeors:
KCMC provides state of the art C – Band Doppler Radar which plays a predominant role in identifying rain bearing clouds and also gives essential data of atmosphere.
C - Band Doppler Weather Radar is installed The radar detects rain bearing clouds within 250 km radius and captures images 24*7 hrs.