Colorado lawmakers move to continue cloud-seeding
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Efforts to draw more snow out out of Colorado’s clouds could be allowed to continue.
The state Senate Agriculture Committee voted Thursday to move forward with a bill that would allow the state to continue to issue weather-modification licenses for at least another nine years.
The Durango Herald reports that the state Department of Regulatory Affairs recommends that the permits be continued even though it admits the effectiveness of cloud-seeding is “highly debatable.”
Eight entities – cities, water districts and ski resorts, including Winter Park – hold cloud-seeding licenses.
A San Luis Valley farm operates a hail cannon to try to break up hailstones using sonic waves.
In Colorado, it’s a felony to try to change the weather without a permit.
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