China’s artificially induced snow closes 12 highways
Scientific American, February 19, 2009
Hebei got its first heavy snow of this year on Wednesday. The provincial weather bureau said that snow too was “enhanced” by artificial seeding.
“The snow has brought moisture to the soil, which may help end the drought,” Guo Yingchun, a senior engineer of the provincial meteorological observatory, was quoted as saying.
She said that 313 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide were fired into the clouds from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, “a procedure that made the snow a lot heavier.”
I’m not quite sure what to think of this. If seeding clouds with sticks of silver iodide can increase precipitation and reduce the severity of a long drought, then go for it.
Modern science is fantastic and amazing! It’s a great and exciting time to be alive.