Making it Snow: A Brief History and Review of the Science Behind Cloud-Seeding

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March 15, 2023

The snow-inducing technique called cloud-seeding has been around for more than 60 years. Although not a panacea for drought-stricken regions, cloud-seeding can increase seasonal precipitation by about 10%. In the Reno area alone, winter cloud-seeding efforts are estimated to add enough water to supply about 40,000 households for a year.

What is Cloud Seeding?

Cloud Seeding Program What is Cloud Seeding? Clouds are made up of tiny water droplets or ice crystals that form when water vapor in the atmosphere cools and condenses around a tiny particle of dust or salt floating in the...

Cloud Seeding Program

Cloud Seeding Program Program Description During the early 1960s, scientists from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) helped to pioneer the science of wintertime cloud seeding, developing research-based methods for increasing...

Cloud Seeding Projects

Cloud Seeding Program Cloud Seeding Research Projects Research on Snowfall AugmentationOperational weather modification projects to augment snowfall have benefitted from the results of numerous research experiments that have...

Meet Jim Hudson, Ph.D.

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February 20, 2019
Jim Hudson, Ph.D., is a research professor of physics with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. Jim specializes in cloud physics, and has worked throughout his career to gather and...

Advanced Autonomous Systems

Advanced Autonomous Systems Pioneering Research with UAS Technology Researchers at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are exploring ways in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly being used in civilian...

SMART Laboratory

The Statistical data analysis and Modeling of Atmosphere for Research and AI Technology (SMART) Lab studies Earth’s atmosphere and climate.

Cloud Seeding Operations Criteria

Cloud Seeding Program Cloud Seeding Operations Criteria The following weather and cloud conditions should exist in order to initiate or continue cloud seeding operations in any area where DRI has a seeding project. Operations...

Putting the Knowledge Fund to Work

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January 29, 2019
Created in 2013 by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Knowledge Fund spurs research, innovation, and commercialization in Nevada. Thanks to support from the Knowledge Fund, researchers across the Silver...

Secrets of Successful Solar

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September 4, 2018
Photo caption: Prototype sky-imaging camera. Credit: Eric Wilcox.   By: Jane Palmer Reno, NV (September 1, 2018) – Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source, but integrating solar power into the grid is not...

Cloud Seeding Equipment and Services

Cloud Seeding Program Cloud Seeding Equipment and Services The DRI Cloud Seeding Program is operated from the Desert Research Institute Division of Atmospheric Sciences, located in the Northern Nevada Science Center (NNSC),...

Maki Research Projects

Maki Endowment Maki  Research Projects The Maki Endowment has been used to fund research projects that are relevant to Southern Nevada water issues. A list of Maki projects is below. Display (none) Your content goes here. Edit...

North American Monsoon

North American Monsoon Project Description The North American Monsoon (NAM) is a large-scale feature having a strong impact on summer rainfall patterns and amounts over North America. For example, it supplies about 60%-80%, 45%...

Cloud Seeding Safety Guidelines

Cloud Seeding Program Cloud Seeding Safety Guidelines In the event of any emergency which affects public welfare in the region of any seeding operations being carried on by the DRI Cloud Seeding Program, the seeding operations...

Climate Engine offers unprecedented access to Earth image datasets

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Research findings
December 7, 2017
Reno, NV (Thursday, December 7, 2017): Working with large environmental datasets is a complex and time-consuming endeavor, often requiring huge amounts of data storage, specialized high-performance computers and technical...

DRI’s History

DRI’s History A 60-year history of impact and innovation across Nevada and around the world. In 1959, the Nevada State Legislature passed NRS396.7951, creating a division of the University of Nevada specifically devoted to...

Field Equipment

Integrated Terrain Analysis Program Field Equipment Field Equipment & Capabilities The Integrated Terrain Analysis Program utilizes a wide range of field equipment and instrumentation for characterizing soil properties,...

Current Cloud Seeding Operations

Cloud Seeding Program Current Cloud Seeding Operations Winter 2023-2024 For details on a specific project, follow the links below. Nevada State projects State NV Carson Basin State NV Ruby Mountains State NV Santa Rosa Mountains...

Bimodal CCN effects on cloud and drizzle microphysics

Bimodal CCN effects on cloud and drizzle microphysics Hudson, J. G., Noble, S. R. (2018). Bimodal CCN effects on cloud and drizzle microphysics, AMS 15th Conference on Cloud Physics: Vancouver, BC, July 9, 2018-July 13,...

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Drone America’s Savant sUAS flies with cloud seeding flares at the Hawthorne Industrial Airport in Hawthorne, Nev. on Friday, April 29, 2016. The test was successful by igniting the silver-iodide flares at 400 feet and flying for approximately 18 minutes. Photo by Kevin Clifford/Drone America.