Weather modification - a major resource tool

TitleWeather modification - a major resource tool
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1977
AuthorsFoehner, O. H.
Conference Name45th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 45th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1977
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
KeywordsEconomic aspects of weather modificatio, Weather modification

Weather modification has been identified as a significant source of new water in several major planning documents including the 'Westwide Study' and 'The Report on Water for Energy in the Upper Colorado River Basin.' Project Skywater's results support these conclusions. There is increasing evidence that the potential for increasing the water supply of the Western United States through snow augmentation is very good. Recent evaluation of winter experiments provides new support for the estimated potential increase in snowfall with cloud seeding. A study is now underway to identify seedability criteria and increase efficiency through better control of seeding operations. Both additional research and new operational application of the existing technology are progressing in a number of locations including California, Utah, and Colorado.The impact on energy production, irrigation, water quality, municipal and industrial use, and recreation is significant.