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A Critical Look at Cloud Seeding

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To reduce the summer fire danger in 1951, cloud seeders were employed by logging companies salvaging snags in the highly inflammable Tillamook burn area of northwest Oregon. Several fixed and mobile silver iodide generators were operated in the vicinity of the burn (8). Rains occurred several times during the summer and early fall, but the question, "Did cloud seeding actually increase the rain?" has never been satisfactorily answered. This question has likewise been debated where clouds have been seeded in other areas.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Meteorologist, Pacific Northwest Forest & Range Experiment Station, Portland, Oregon

Publication date: 1954-07-01

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