Where Is Snow Guaranteed? Cloud Seeding Gone Awesome

5 11 2009

Where is snow guaranteed? Nowhere.

However, the Chinese are quite the nifty little tricksters when it comes to weather and when it will change. It’s no news that the Chinese government (and many other governments around the world) have been investigating the usage of cloud-seeding. What they forgot in their latest experiment was that water freezes below 0°C…

Wikipedia explains the process as follows:

“Cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.”

”]The Chinese scientists were hoping to provide fresh rain for the dry regions around Beijing. After firing silver iodide into the atmosphere they were a little surprised to see fluffy white flakes fall from the sky. And after an 11 hour snowstorm in Beijing, they decided to call the experiment a complete success.

So where is snow guaranteed? Today, the answer is nowhere. Tomorrow, the answer maybe be in every ski resort around the world.


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