Cloud seeding, explained. We flew up to see it with our own eyes.
for decades, drought-stricken areas around the world have practiced “cloud seeding,” a process in which chemical torches full of silver iodide are fired into storm clouds to encourage them to rain. But until recently, science did not fully support this practice. In large part, that’s because operational cloud seeding programs don’t have the luxury of conducting controlled testing — they have an obligation to produce as much rain as possible for the people living beneath the clouds they sow.
But there has been a breakthrough. In 2017, a large cloud seeding experiment in the mountains of Idaho showed that cloud seeding works: Shooting chemical flares into the clouds produces more precipitation.
When the world is faced with a increasing number from heat waves and drought, riverbank water is becoming increasingly important. And while we don’t know exactly how life-changing cloud seeding will turn out, we do know that it has the potential to be a tool in our arsenal in the long battle against aggravation of drought.
To understand how cloud seeding works and what it already does in Texaswatch this video and take a trip to the clouds to see for yourself.
This video was made possible in part by a grant from the BEMC Foundation.
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