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How Cloud Seeding Can Manipulate the Weather

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Imagine a world where we could summon rainfall during a drought, subdue a hurricane before it wreaks havoc, or clear fog from a busy airport runway. This vision of human control over weather patterns is not a far-fetched fantasy, but a burgeoning reality through a process known as cloud seeding. While the method holds promising potential, its efficacy and applicability remain topics of ongoing research and debate.

The Science Behind Cloud Seeding

Cloud seeding is a form of weather modification that involves dispersing substances like silver iodide or sodium chloride into clouds to stimulate precipitation. The American Meteorological Society defines it as a technique designed to enhance rainfall, alleviate droughts, mitigate hail damage, clear fog, and even reduce the severity of hurricanes.

The process was pioneered in 1946 by chemist Vincent Schaefer, who, while working for General Electric, discovered that introducing certain particles into the atmosphere could induce cloud formation and potentially increase precipitation. Since then, the practice has been implemented in over 50 countries, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


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