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Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Peggy McCracken


By Peggy McCracken

Drop silver iodide on a

convective cloud for rain

I've always heard it's not wise to mess with Mother Nature, but this cloud-seeding program may hold some promise. Any way we can increase rainfall in this dry land has to be a positive.

Yes, this is desert, and it's not supposed to rain much. But the last few years have been ridiculous. It is so dry, even the cactus are dying.

Of course, cloud seeding won't do any good at all if we don't get some clouds, and they have been mighty scarce lately. Some days, though, a good cloud will hover overhead for awhile and then just dissipate or move out of the county. That's when you want to cry.

And if George Bomar is right, those clouds have an abundance of rainwater. Convective clouds are best for seeding, Bomar says. Just what a convective cloud is, I don't know. But he says if you drop silver iodide on a convective cloud, and Mother Nature provides ice crystals, you are in business.

He calls it mining moisture out of the air. We've been mining it out of the ground for years, so now we should look up, he says.

Looking up has always been the best way to get anything done, anyway. Only God can make a rainbow, and you know what precedes a rainbow. Maybe we should sow some seed through prayer to the Creator and Sustainer of this entire universe. Then put feet to our prayers by dropping some silver iodide on a cloud.

After all, doesn't every cloud have a silver lining?

"When there were no oceans, (wisdom) was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, (wisdom) was given birth; before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world." Proverbs 8:24-26

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Shrimp boil was a great success

Dear Editor:
I would like to say thanks and congratulations to the Pecos Rotary Club for offering a great Dinner to the people of Pecos with their shrimp boil last Saturday night.

The food was delicious and the workers very friendly, accept for one occasion. Gene would only give me one ice cream.

The Rotary Club does a lot of good things in Pecos. Keep it up guys and lets do it again next year or sooner.


Critic's Corner

Gold, God and grandeur

From Route 66 to the Rio Grande, Paul Robert Walker's coffee-table book takes the reader on a wild and colorful tour of the southwest.

Walker details the histories of indigenous peoples, illustrated by photographs in brilliant colors and drawings that depict the early lifestyles.

He draws on pre-history from 1528 Clovis people through trails, traitors and Texans, Spanish missionaries and explorers to the new southwest from 1910 to the present.

The 249-page hardback is riveting leisure reading and a good history text. ISBN 0-7922-6436-3, $35. Published by National Geographic Books.

-Peggy McCracken

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