Weather modification is happening for more than fifty years in North Dakota. Six counties in the state have weather modification programs and six more are planning for such programs in 2006, according to Weather Modification Inc., a company that is executing the weather modification program for the state. While some of the population remains sceptical about the effectiveness of the program, since it cannot be proven that each individual farm receives more rain because of the weather modification program, the company claims that the cloud seeding program has improved dramatically since 1951 when it started. According to Weather Modification Inc., studies have shown that rainfall has increased on the average by 10 percent while crop-hail damage has been reduced dramatically by 45 percent. According to the company, economic studies done by North Dakota state university have found that the program's benefit-to-cost ratio is around 35 to 1.
Weather Modification Inc. has weather modification programs in North Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Alberta, Morocco, Argentina, Greece, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
News Source, Marvin Baker, Modifying the Weather, The Minot Daily News,-