Science: Federal Rainmakmg

The U.S. Government has always steered clear of artificial rainmaking, except for experimental purposes. Cloud-seeding was developed by General Electric Co. scientists, and most of the large-scale seeding has been done by commercial rainmakers. But last week Under Secretary of the Interior Richard D. Searles announced that the Government has its hand in the clouds.

Next week Bonneville Power Administration will start seeding promising clouds over northeastern Washington and northern Idaho. The work will be done in forested or mountainous areas, so that any heavy rainfall brought down will not damage crops or...

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