States and utility companies are investing in “cloud seeding” – a way to artificially increase precipitation in the drought-ridden American West and worldwide. By seeding storm clouds with a substance called silver iodide, it’s possible to increase the efficiency of storms by 5-15%. It’s no cure for drought, but it can be a valuable water management tool, which is why cloud seeding operations are ramping up across the country as winter gets underway.
1:35 What is cloud seeding?
5:35 The impact
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How Cloud Seeding Can Increase Rain and Snowfall