Cloud Seeding

Last week, I used this picture on my morning weather quiz segment “What exactly is this?” I wanted to put it on the blog and analyze it some more, but needed to wait for a quiet day before it could get its due diligence.

This is a picture of the process known as ‘cloud seeding’. Cloud seeding is a controversial practice of humans attempting to modify the weather. This is attempted by dispersing different kinds of chemicals in the air to increase rain amounts, increase snowfall, suppress the size of hailstones, and reduce stretches of dense fog. The chemicals commonly used are silver iodide and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). This testing has taken place over drought stricken areas, ski resorts, as well as around airports. There is no substantial proof that it works since it is tough to figure out how much precipitation would have fallen had the cloud not been ‘seeded’.

You may hear about this much more this summer since the host of the Summer Olympics (on NBC) is the country with the largest cloud seeding system. Beijing is one of the many cities in China that attempt to add rainfall to its arid regions. It plans on using cloud seeding prior to the Games to remove the pollution from the air in time for the festivities. Some of the neighboring arid countries have even argued with China stating that they are “stealing rain” from them.

It sounds like a good idea, but I don’t know whether or not I am for it. I get a little scared anytime someone wants to tamper with Mother Nature. -ADAM


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This post was written by qni_it on April 29, 2008

6 Comments so far

  1. Justin April 29, 2008 9:12 PM

    Either way, I dont think they should use it. Mother nature can balance herself.

  2. Blue skies from now on April 29, 2008 11:22 PM

    There are some far-out folks who think the government is trying to change climate with jet trails/contrails.

    We just know that last winter was a conspiracy of some sort!!

  3. restlessinrockford April 30, 2008 5:38 AM

    Mother nature has been doing it right for millions of years. Leave her alone 🙂

  4. the weatherman April 30, 2008 12:52 PM

    Influencing the climate sometimes is considerable like this cloud seeding in such areas where in they really need rain in order to ease droughts..We do tend to do such acts in order to survive but the wrong thing is sometimes they overuse in return our mother nature suffers and then it will only reflect back to us..

  5. Renee April 30, 2008 2:23 PM

    While I would much rather leave Mother Nature to handle it, isn’t it a bit late for that? Human activity may be what’s driving droughts in some places, so is it bad or good to try to use human activity to counter that? I don’t know.

  6. Environmentalist Whistle May 2, 2008 4:28 PM

    Cloud seeding is done only to heal the wounds inflicted on Mother Earth by the most selfish and egoistic business lobby who keep most of the decision makers in the Government to take up development projects that ultimately promote sickness,poverty and economic ruination of the natural resources of people for whose benefit all development programs are supposed to have been taken up.Hence cloud seeding helps Man and Nature on an extensive scale.For more details see the web sites:
    prof.T.Shivaji Rao.M.S.[Rice,Texas,1962.]
    Expert,cloud seeding project of A.P.state Government,Hyderabad.India

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