MEDFORD, Ore. — The dense fog is hanging around the airport for another day… prompting another day of fog seeding.
The Rogue Valley International Airport announced Friday morning that it will be sending out its fog seeding balloon to clear the skies for flights, which will make for slippery sidewalks and roadways around the area.
The fog was enough to cancel seven departure flights on Friday morning. The seeding starts as early as 6 a.m. and can continue until as late as 9 p.m., which means drivers could see those slippery roads all day. That, of course, is mostly limited to the area around the airport.
In order to reduce the fog, the airport sends out a balloon – affectionately called “Casper” – to drop crushed dry ice. The moisture in the air attaches itself to those dry ice particles as they fall to the ground, which is why you get those slippery roads.
Presumably this is going to be concentrated on the Vilas Road end of the airport – that’s where the end of the runway is for arrivals and departures. This is FAA approved each year, but it never hurts for drivers to keep an eye out for those side effects.