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Power seeds: Spray iodide in the sky and let it snow

Power seeds: Spray iodide in the sky and let it snow

Source: Sierra Sun
December 24, 2007

Lake Tahoe is well-known as a winter recreation paradise, outdoors enthusiasts taking advantage of its ample winter snowfall.

But few who take advantage of the bountiful snowpack realize that researchers have been artificially boosting the Sierra Nevada’s snowfall for more than half a century.

Cloud seeding, as the weather-modification process is known, is conducted in the Sierra Nevada mountain range primarily to increase municipal water supplies in Nevada, said Operations Manager Tom Swafford with the Desert Research Institute’s Cloud Seeding Program.

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