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Clouds seeded during last storm

David BunkerSierra Sun

Scientists with the Desert Research Institute gave the latest winter storms a little help, seeding the clouds with chemicals that squeeze more snow from the storms.Aircraft equipped with the snow-generating equipment made flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And the institute used its mountain-top cloud seeding generators when the storm was cold enough on Sunday, said Arlen Huggins, the programs director.The seeding generators are positioned on peaks around the Tahoe area, including Ward Peak, Slide Mountain, Barker Pass and near Kingvale.The vaporized silver and sodium iodide spur the formation of snow crystals in a cloud. Over an entire winter, cloud seeding can amount to a substantially heftier snowpack.During a low snow year like this year, cloud seeding will happen as often as cold enough storms make their way through the area.We still have a long way to go, said Huggins, of boosting the snowpack to normal levels.

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