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The cost of cloud seeding in the UAE (Arabian Business: April 16, 2017)

Department of Agriculture gears up for dry season (Sunstar: April 16, 2017)

Atmospheric scientists wrap up winter cloud-seeding project in southwestern Idaho ( April 12, 2017)

Cloud seeding does little to increase rainfall (Focus Taiwan: April 11, 2017)

Crop protection: Firing to keep the storm at bay (The Indian Express: March 30, 2017)

Cloud-seeding did bring rain, but not more than 30%, NCMS says (Gulf News: March 27, 2017)

Cloud seeding continues positive effects in Central Coast (KEYT: March 20, 2017)

Cloud Seeding Could Save Many Farmers’ Lives & Lands: India Needs It! (Economy Decoded: March 7, 2017)

State Mulls Cloud Seeding This Year (Bangalore Mirror: March 7, 2017)

Cloudseeding explained: The business of rainmaking (The National: March 2, 2017)

Making it rain: Drones could be the future for cloud seeding (Fox News Tech: March 1, 2017)

Revealed: How UAE is making it rain so much in February (Khaleej Times: February 27, 2017)

Masdar professor files US patent for cloud seeding technology (Arabian Business: February 25, 2017)

Will drones pull rain from desert clouds? (Popular Science: February 23, 2017)

Cloud seeding begins over Hsinchu reservoir (Focus Taiwan News Channel: February 22, 2017)

Cloud-Seeding Drone Completes 1 Hour BVLOS Flight (Robotics Trends: February 21, 2017)

High Snowpack Stops Cloud Seeding in Winds (The Ranger: February 19, 2017)

Maharashtra Government approves cloud seeding project for 2017 monsoon (General Knowledge Today: February 18, 2017)

DRI unmanned cloud-seeding realizes beyond visual line of sight (Nasdaq GlobeNewswire: February 16, 2017)

Clouds over Maharashtra will have a silver iodide lining (Capital Press: February 16, 2017)

Strong Idaho snowpack triggers cloud seeding suspension (Capital Press: February 14, 2017)

Cloud seeding Idaho skies (KIVI-TV: February 13, 2017)

Jordan resorts to cloud seeding tech for water (SciDev.Net: February 9, 2017)

Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried (The Island Packet: February 9, 2017)

Scientists Take to the Skies to Test Cloud Seeding -- SNOWIE field project focuses on Idaho snowfall (NCAR/UCAR Atmos News: February 7, 2017)

Can drones make it rain? Nevada officials upbeat on cloud-seeding prospects (Las Vegas Review-Journal: February 6, 2017)

Dubai to get more rainfall than ever before (Khaleej Times: February 6, 2017)

New research projects seeks to unlock science of clouds (CU Independent: February 3, 2017)

UAE's Masdar Institute files patent for innovative cloud seeding material (Zawya: January 31, 2017)

TURBOCHARGING SCIENCE - New supercomputer triples Earth system science capability with greater efficiency (NCAR/UCAR Atmos News: January 30, 2017)

China will make it rain over an area 1.7 times the size of France (Mashable: January 24, 2017)

UAE rain enhancement program hosts first-ever international workshop (Khaleej Times: January 18, 2017)

CU Boulder joins in cloud-seeding research project (Daily Camera: January 17, 2017)

Science behind cloud seeding relies on funding for results, says winner of UAE award (The National: January 17, 2017)

Trio of Storms Could Put a Dent in Santa Barbara County’s Drought (Noozhawk: January 17, 2017)

This past summer, 60 Minutes Australia conducted several interviews with the ND Atmospheric Resource Board and Weather Modification Inc. for a story on cloud modification. (60 Minutes Australia: January 8, 2017)

Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to test cloud seeding for snow (National Science Foundation, Press Release 17-003: January 13, 2017)


Cloud ionisation technology showing ‘promising results’ in rainmaking (The Jordan Times: December 7, 2016)

UND researcher working with Fargo and Kindred companies to ease drought around the world (Valley News Live: November 23, 2016)

Cop 22 told of UAE research on pulling more rain from clouds (The National: November 15, 2016)

Cloud seeding data to be tested in Morocco (Gulf News: November 15, 2016)

Cloud seeding resumes over Sierra (Calaveras Enterprise: November 14, 2016)

State's cloud seeding program to continue (Casper Star Tribune: November 13, 2016)

County votes to keep weather mod (Bowman County Pioneer: November 11, 2016)

Jordan to resume artificial rainmaking attempts this month (The Jordan Times: November 3, 2016)

Thai rainmakers head for the clouds to combat drought (Today Online: October 29, 2016)

Malacca CM: Cloud seeding starts today to increase water supply (MalayMail Online: October 24, 2016)

Weather modifiers get fog-busting demo at Medford airport (Mail Tribune: October 6, 2016)

Cloud seeding aid to be planted atop WP Town Hall (Sky-Hi News: October 6, 2016)

Ward County commissioners vote to bring weather modification into 2017 budget (KFYR TV: October 4, 2016)

Cloud seeding study planned in Idaho’s Payette range (Capital Press: October 3, 2016)

Ward County Commissioners trim budget for 2017, will save $190K (by defunding weather modification) (KFYR TV: September 27, 2016)

WILL IT END? Voters to decide fate of weather mod program (Bowman County Pioneer: September 23, 2016)

Vietnam to pilot cloud seeding (Global Times: September 16, 2016)

State water board holds meetings in Pocatello; discusses solutions for water shortage (NPG of Idaho, Inc.: September 15, 2016)

How Chinese scientists hope to control the weather to nourish the mainland’s arid north (South China Morning Post: September 12, 2016)

Cloud seeding generator placed at Irwin (Crested Butte News: September 7, 2016)

Lake Powell could dry up in as little as six years, study says ( September 3, 2016)

Cloud seeders get upgrade in mountains above Dolores (Cortez Journal: August 31, 2016)

Cloud seeding operation replenishes major dams in the North (Thai Visa News: August 26, 2016)

The lone warriors -- cloud seeding along the China border ( August 25, 2016)

Rain, rain come this way: Egypt explores cloud seeding (Albawa Business: August 24, 2016)

Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program (IOP Publishing Ltd: August 10, 2016)

Hail-fighting pilots fly into the hearts of Prairie storms to limit damage on the ground (Calgary Herald: August 3, 2016)

Big Gulp of fresh, Canadian Air - Limitations of Weather Modification (Minneapolis Star Tribune: August 3, 2016)

Hydro Tasmania says cloud seeding flight did not have huge impact on June floods (The Mercury: July 29, 2016)

Artificial rain in UAE? Experts speak (Khaleej Times: June 26, 2016)

To Fight Water Insecurity, the UAE Takes to the Skies (foodtank: June 4, 2016)

Does cloud seeding really work? (Chemical & Engineering News: May 30, 2016

Irrigators step up cloud seeding support (Capital Press: May 26, 2016)

Cloud-seeding surprise could improve climate predictions (Nature: May 25, 2016)

Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) to understand the Rain Formation in Clouds and the impact of Randomized Cloud Seeding (The Business Standard: May 4, 2016)

Unmanned Cloud-Seeding Aircraft Takes Flight in Nevada ( May 4, 2016)

Revealed: $558,000 spent on UAE Cloud-Seeding Operations Last Year (Arabian Business: April 28, 2016)

Tasmania's Big Dry has Apple Isle's Renewable Energy Under a Cloud (The Guardian - Australia: April 29, 2016)

'It's Always Sunny in Moscow" or How Russian Authorities Control Blue Skies (Ukraine Today: April 25, 2016)

Why Southern California's New Cloud Seeding Project Has Conspiracy Theorists in a Frenzy (The National Memo: April 15, 2016)

Cloud Seeding Contributes to UAE's record rain in 2016 (Arabian Business: April 10, 2016)

Pilot "Seed" Clouds, Fighting Drought From the Sky (San Francisco Chronicle: April 3, 2016)

Proof that Weather Modification is happening right under our Noses (Top Secret Writers: April 1, 2016)

The Drone that Could Control the Weather: Cloud seeding UAV tested over Nevada is hoped to increase rainfall by 15% (Daily Mail: March 30, 2016)

First Artificial Rainmaking Experiment takes place in Jordan today (Jordan News: March 27, 2016)

Researchers Testing Cloud Seeding with Drones (NPR: March 16, 2016)

Cloud Seeding Used to Create more Rainfall in SoCal (NBC News 4 Los Angeles: March 10, 2016)

Seeding Clouds: Does it Bear Fruit? (San Diego Union Tribune: March 5, 2016)


Feasibility Study to be conducted on cloud seeding in the Bighorn Mountains (Sheridan Press: September 23, 2015)

Cloud Seeding Viable Option to Ward off Drought (Arizona Sonora News: September 18, 2015)

An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking (Business Insider: August 28, 2015)

Fortney: Hail buster take on Alberta's summer storms (The Calgary Herald: August 6, 2015)

Every rain cloud has a silver lining for parched UAE (The Malaysian Insider: July 25, 2015)

As El Nino Looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind (Reuters - Africa: July 7, 2015)

Cloud Seeding Pays Off (Times-News Idaho: June 29, 2015)

Dead in the Water: State Lost Years while Drought Worsened (Reno News and Review: April 30, 2015)

Clouds Left by Jets Spark Protests (The Weather Network: April 25, 2015)

Seeding Snow from the Sky (Reno Gazette-Journal: April 24, 2015)

Water Board Okays Cloud-Seeding Plan (The Edmond Sun: April 22, 2015)

Enhancing the Clouds: A solution to Arizona's Water Challenges? (Cronkite News: April 7, 2015)

PGCD included in Texas Weather Study (The Pampa News: April 7, 2015)

Legislature Approves Cloud Seeding in Wyoming (Casper Star Tribune: April 5, 2015)

Blue Sky: Cloud Seeding is a Work in Progress with Thin Results (Missoula News: April 2, 2015)

Cloud Seeding Outlook for the Big Country (KTXS Abilene: Feb. 17, 2015)

The Science behind Human-Controlled Weather (The Atlantic: Feb. 19, 2015)

Scientists Looks to Cloud Seed to Combat Drought (Arizona Daily Star: Jan. 17, 2015)

China sets 2020 "Artificial Weather" Target to Combat Water Shortages ( Jan. 14, 2015)

China to Build Smog-dispersing Labs around Beijing (English Jan. 13, 2015)


States in Parched Southwest Take Steps to Bolster Lake Mead (The New York Times: Dec. 17, 2014)

UW Scientists Contribute to Cloud-Seeding Research (University of Wyoming: Dec. 16, 2014)

Colorado River allocations banked in Lake Mead (KLAS-TV Las Vegas: Dec. 11, 2014)

Cloud Seeding used to boost snowpack (Idaho Stateman: Dec. 6, 2014)

Make it Rain: Cloud Seeders Coaxing Water to Fall and Relieve California's Drought (CBS SF Bay Area: Nov. 25, 2014)

Wyoming Cloud Seeding Shows Promise (Casper Journal: Nov. 10, 2014)

Can California Make it Rain with Drones? (National Journal: Oct. 7, 2014)

Weather Modification Association Conduct Research Flights in San Angelo (San Angelo Live: Sept. 24, 2014)

Curious Mind: Cloud Seeding Boosts Hydroelectric Production (Times News - Idaho: Sept. 16, 2014)

Study on Cloud Micro-Physics begins in Varanasi ( Sept. 12, 2014)

Dust - and Microbes hitching rides on it - Influences Rain and Climate (PHYS ORG: Aug. 13, 2014)

Thailand provides Jordan with Rainmaking Technology (PETRA: Aug. 6, 2014)

Texas counties tackle cloud seeding (Texoma News: July 7, 2014)

Don't like the weather, now we can change it (PRI: June 19, 2014)

Seeding the clouds offers rainmaking hope for drought stricken-planet (The Washington Post: June 23, 2014)

Rainmaking Project Holds Out Hope in a Bad Monsoon Year (Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal: June 16, 2014)

SOAR Director Optimistic June will Provide Cloud Seeding Opportunities (Texoma Homepage: June 2, 2014)

Cloud Seeding Planned for Visayas sugar-cane, Mindanao hydropower areas (InterAksyon: June 2, 2014)

How to (try to) make it rain (Scientific American: June 1, 2014)

Cloud Seeding, cash help SMUD avoid drought rate hikes (KCRA Sacramento: May 14, 2014)

Cloud Seeding in San Angelo: How Much of an Impact it has on Curing the Drought (Big County News: May 15, 2014)

Study: New Mexico thirsty for new sources of water (Albuquerque Business First: May 12, 2014)

Scientists Encouraged by Preliminary Research that shows Cloud Seeding Enhances Wyoming Snow (The Republic: May 1, 2014)

Hydro Tasmania Starts Cloud Seeding Program (Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine: Apr. 30, 2014)

Desperate for Water, Wichita Falls tries to make it rain (WFAA News - Wichita Falls: Apr. 23, 2014)

Wyoming, UW Finish Collecting Cloud Seeding Statistical Information (University of Wyoming: Apr. 4, 2014)

Cloud Seeding Give Nature a Boost (KEYT News - Santa Barbara: Apr. 1, 2014)

Unique Wyoming cloud-seeding research project partly suspended because of big snowpack (Daily Reporter: Apr. 2, 2014)

Cloud Seeding: What is can and can't do for water shortages (Yahoo! News: Mar. 24, 2014)

Arizona hopes snow-making experiment leads to water (Arizona Mar. 24, 2014)

Scientists trying to aid in cloud seeding (Cortez Journal: Mar. 13, 2014)

Cloud Seeding Advocates Look to Build Momentum (Texas Tribune: Mar. 4, 2014)

Dry States Turn to Cloud Seeding to Make it Rain (AliJazeera America: Jan. 14, 2014)

It's Not Magic on the Mountain, It's a Rain-Making Machine (NPR: Jan. 9, 2014)


Golden State Weather Warriors (OnEarth Website- NRDS: Nov. 20, 2013)

Cloud Seeding May Continue in Wind River Basin (Wyoming Public Media - Nov. 19, 2013)

All Hail the Cannon! -The Resurgence of an arcane weather modification device (O'Dowd - Nov. 11, 2013)

Cloud Seeding, no longer magical thinking, is poised for use this winter (Sacramento Bee - Nov. 11, 2013)

Cloud Seeding to play role in Wyoming Water Management (Wyoming Public Media- Oct. 18, 2013)

After the Flood: Ski areas crank up cloud-seeding programs (The Colorado Independent - Oct. 18, 2013)

China Aiming to Tame Weather (Sept. 5, 2013)

Snowy Hygro to Ramp Up Cloud Seeding after NSW Government Gives Approval for Permanent Operation (ABC NEWS Australia - Aug. 19, 2013)

Weather Control Conspiracy Theories: Scientifically Unjustifiable (Washington Post - Aug. 16, 2013)

US Climate Change Study Explores Weather Modification ( - Aug. 12, 2013)

Cloud Control: Salt Shot in Sky to boost rain in UAE (The National - Aug. 8, 2013)

NASA Opens New Era in Measuring Western U.S. Snowpack (NASA website)

Crazy Weather? You can't blame HAARP anymore (EarthSky Website - July 16, 2013)

The Rainmakers: How Human Beings Control the Weather (July 9, 2013)

Cloud Seeding in Chile Goes Ahead (I Love Chile Website - May 27, 2013)

Cloud Seeding, Will it Save Us from Water Poverty? (May 27, 2013)

Making It Rain (Khaleej Times - May 7, 2013)

Japanese Cloud Seeding Technique Tested Working for 2nd Straight Year (Japan Daily Press - May 6, 2013)

Microorganisms In Sea Spray Alter Oceanís Ability To Seed Clouds (Red Orbit- Apr. 23, 2013)

Don't Just Talk About the Weather (The Baltimore Sun - Apr. 8, 2013)

SkyFall: A Talk with Nevada's Cloud Seeding Expert (Las Vegas CityLife - Apr. 3, 2013)

Texas Officials Succeed at Controlling the Weather (News 92 FM Houston - Mar. 5, 2013)

When it Comes to Water in the West, is Any Idea Too Crazy? (The Denver Post - Mar. 3, 2013)

Sahara Desert Dust affects California Water Supply, Study Finds (Los Angeles Times - Feb. 28, 2013)

Texas' Lone Cloud Seeder Says Cloud Seeding Can Help Solve the State's Water Needs (Dallas Observer - Feb. 22, 2013)

Cloud Seeding - Idaho Weather Modification (Feb. 12, 2013)

Doubt over Jakarta cloud seeding (ABC (Australia) News)

Idaho Looks to Cloud Seeding to Enhance Snowpack (Boise State Public Radio - Jan. 2, 2013)


Permanent Cloud Seeding Gets Green Light (ABC News - Oct. 19, 2012)

Don't Count on Rainmaking to End Drought, Experts Say (StarTribune - Oct. 21, 2012)

Cloud Seeders Help Make it Rain Over Drought-Stricken Texas (ABC - Nightline News - Oct. 6, 2012)

The Rainmakers (Financial Times Magazine - June 15, 2012)

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