Latest Cloud seeding Stories

2007-02-10 18:00:00

By Alex Breitler From his offices in Fresno, Steve Johnson explained how cloud seeders spent one of the driest Januaries on record: "We'd look at the forecast maps and pray," he said. Johnson's planes are soaring over the Sierra Nevada once again this week, scattering silver iodide particles to squeeze just a bit more snow out of some long-awaited storms. The twin-engine planes have been frozen to the ground for the most part this winter, said Johnson, general manager of Atmospherics Inc.,...

2006-07-02 20:21:29

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - China says its scientists make enough rain to fill the Yellow River; Moscow claims credit for sunshine for Red Square parades -- but confidence in other nations that humans can alter the weather has almost dried up. If it worked reliably, the use of aircraft and rockets to spread tiny chemical particles into the sky to "seed" or disperse clouds could be the answer to famine, drought, desertification, even global warming....

2006-05-05 19:12:41

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese weather specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's capital, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday. Technicians with the Beijing Weather Modification Office fired seven rocket shells containing 163 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide over the city's skies on Thursday, Xinhua said. The reaction that occurred brought as much as four-tenths of an inch of rain, the...

2006-05-05 04:25:00

BEIJING -- Chinese technicians have artificially generated heavy rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The Chinese capital was hit by a fierce wind storm last month which left the city cloaked in sand, much of it scooped up from the Gobi desert. The Beijing Weather Modification Office responded Thursday with a major cloud seeding operation. "A total of 163 pieces of cigarette-like sticks containing silver iodide were burned and...

2005-12-19 19:38:24

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming is embarking on an $8.8 million, five-year cloud-seeding project that aims to bolster mountain snowpack, and possibly yield proof of whether cloud seeding actually works. "Hopefully in Wyoming, we'll find evidence for that to be a viable tool in water resource management," said Dan Breed, project scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a federally funded research center based in Boulder, Colo. The state is paying the center $1.9 million to...

2005-09-23 07:05:29

DENVER -- It sounds like a great idea: Let's just blast hurricanes like Rita and Katrina out of the sky before they hurt more people. Or, at least weaken the storms and steer them away from cities. Atmospheric scientists say it's wishful thinking that we could destroy or even influence something as huge and powerful as a hurricane. They abandoned such a quest years ago after more than two decades of inconclusive government-sponsored research. Private companies have conducted tests on a much...

2005-04-18 19:13:04

HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) -- Planes stationed at airfields around Thailand take to the skies almost daily, flying sorties in a campaign of national importance - a war on the country's worst drought in seven years. They take off loaded down, not with bombs, but rainmaking chemicals - prepared to specifications personally developed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is commanding the operation. On the flight line in this seaside town, aviators preparing for their flights wear uniforms with shoulder...

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