Cloud Seeding Catching on Amid Rocky Mountain Drought
By MEAD GRUVER and BRITTANY PETERSON Associated Press
LYONS, Colo. (AP) — A technique to get clouds to produce more snow is being used more as the Rocky Mountain region struggles with a two-decade drought.
Cloud seeding involves using planes and ground-based equipment to put silver iodide into clouds when weather conditions are right.
Colorado, Utah and Wyoming have all expanded their cloud-seeding programs in recent years.
Some experts say conserving water is a better, more down-to-earth way to ensure there's enough water to go around.
But cloud seeding has a full embrace from state and local officials in pursuit of water for all from the ultimate source — the sky.