posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 05:10 AM
Portugal isn't the only place drying up, unfortunately it's happening in many places in America despite the record amount of precipitation we've
seen in some places. The problem is, when it's this wet during the winter, and spring comes early, most of the water runs off into the sea before
the really warm weather starts.
California is bracing for the worst fire season they've ever predicted. It should prove to be a challenge to contain the fires because this moisture
is prompting growth, and will be gone by the time summer hits, so the underbrush will dry and leave behind acres and acres of kindling.
I imagine Portugal will have similar problems...
I sympathize with the problem facing the Portugese, but I have to agree that cloud seeding probably won't do enough to counter the wild weather and
unpredictable climate shift we're witnessing.
The technology is proven, but due to the butterfly effect, nobody can say what the side effects of such activity might be. In other words, making it
rain a little more in Portugal might dry out another area and cause more problems...
I do sympathize though, I lived in California a few years back, and I know how miserable a dry spell can be.