Monday, November 29, 2021

Update on Cloud Seeding

I get asked about cloud seeding all of the time and I haven't had much new to tell people in recent years. So, I'm grateful to the Washington Post for a really interesting article on the topic. The bottom line is that it is finally proven that cloud seeding works in certain circumstances
Snowed-over experimental radar equipment
NCAR photo

There are two big qualifications:
  • It is only proven it works in stratiform-type precipitation in mountain areas. We still don't know for certain whether it works with thunderstorms or in areas outside of mountains. 
  • The increase of 3.3% is over what would have fallen anyway. In other words, if you don't have precipitating clouds, cloud seeding will not help.
Still it is a significant scientific advance to know for sure that cloud seeding works in those circumstances. 

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