Redistribution of Snowfall across a Mountain Range by Artificial Seeding: A Case Study

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Science  14 Sep 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4104, pp. 1043-1045
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4104.1043


Clouds over the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains were artificially seeded to reduce the riming and fall speeds of snow crystals and to divert snowfall across the crest. Aircraft observations showed that the clouds were glaciated by the seeding. The crystal habits and the degrees of riming of snow crystals reaching the target area were modified. Snowfall rates decreased at the crest and simultaneously increased 20 kilometers east of the crest.