The operational program has been in existence since 1981 and follows research conducted between 1957 and
1974 that indicated significant increases in rainfall could be achieved by seeding convective bands embedded in
winter storms that move through the area. Sponsors of the research programs included the National Science
Foundation, Naval Weapons Center China Lake, U.S. Weather Bureau, U.S. Forest Service, State of California,
University of California, Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.
Link to Santa Barbara County California Public Works Department – Cloud Seeding