According to research, cloud seeding has the potential to cause flooding and drought. A 2020 article asked, “should we be playing with the weather?” reporting on notable flooding events in 2019 and questioning the impacts of chemicals being pumped into the skies. Source: https://wired.me/science/environment/cloud-seeding-uae-dubai-rain-floods/
Fast forward to 2022 as Las Vegas, Nevada and the UAE are dealing with severe flooding which happened after acknowledged cloud seeding operations. Cloud seeding can use either ground based generators and / or aviation for operations.
NOTE: Dry ice used for cloud-seeding = solid carbon dioxide = CO2.
Additionally, silver iodide, a common agent used in cloud seeding, is an environmental hazard and also a combustable agent, according to PubChem.
“Even experts admit they do not fully understand the impact of their interventions,” according to a recent article on cloud seeding in Dubai. The article also states, “Every time it rains in the UAE, some residents are quick to speculate that the wet weather was caused by the country’s cloud-seeding programme.”
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Downtown Las Vegas sees flooding in late-night July storm
July 28, 2022 | By Marvin Clemons | Las Vegas Review-Journal |
Heavy rain caused flooding in downtown Las Vegas and elsewhere Thursday night, the second evening of monsoonal storms in the valley.
Several valley locations received more than an inch of rain during a turbulent two hours. The strongest wind gust was 71 mph at Flamingo and Eastern, said meteorologist Barry Pierce.
Two cells moved into the south suburbs shortly after 10 p.m., one over Henderson and the other near Sloan.
At 10:12 p.m., NV Energy reported about 7,300 customers without power. Most were in central and eastern parts of the valley. There were unconfirmed reports of water damage inside the Circa sportsbook and Caesars.
In the storm’s aftermath, about 15 intersections or streets were closed as of 11:35 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
A Review-Journal photographer said all of the lights on the Fremont Street Experience were out as well as some lighting at the Golden Nugget.
Winds were blowing 40 to 50 mph in downtown Las Vegas around 9 p.m. A gust of 54 mph was recorded at Decatur Boulevard and the 215 Beltway on the north side, said Trevor Boucher of the National Weather Service.
Around 9:45 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Aaron Lee said there were about eight vehicle crashes valleywide since the rain began about an hour earlier.
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Link To 2016 Article_Nerds make it rain in Nevada. The Las Vegas strip? No, cloud-seeding drones over the desert
January 11, 2020
“Sufian Farrah, meteorologist and cloud seeding expert at the NCM, acknowledges that cloud seeding operations increased rainfall in the UAE but said they didn’t cause any flooding. “We only enhance the amount of rain; we are not creating floods. Even some clouds we avoid seeding, because it would be too dangerous for the aircraft to penetrate them,” he told WIRED in November.
“These clouds usually contain a lot of water and can cause floods. These sorts of clouds we avoid… We are concerned about [seeding clouds that could cause flooding]. We are using very sophisticated radars that cover all of the UAE’s atmosphere and we are monitoring every droplet falling from clouds in the UAE.”
According to other experts, though, it’s hard to be certain of anything when it comes to cloud seeding.
“It’s a really difficult thing to [directly link increased rainfall to cloud seeding],” says Jeffrey French, assistant professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wyoming in the US. “For the last 60 years, people have tried to link precipitation directly to cloud seeding. And the problem, in a statistical sense, is there is so much natural variability in precipitation; particularly in warmer clouds, like those that they’re trying to seed in the UAE, there’s a lot of variation that occurs naturally and that we as scientists can’t necessarily explain.”
French was one of the scientists behind a 2017 project called “Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds: The Idaho Experiment,” or SNOWIE, one of only a handful of experiments seen by the atmospheric science community as demonstrating that cloud seeding can work in terms of making precipitation fall out of a cloud—in that case, snow.”
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