posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 07:05 AM
Just on the topic of cloud seeding, I found this article relating to it's use in the effort to control forest fires.
Here is a fantastic answer posted in the Question Hub by user Ski NorthSouth.
Cloud seeding creates a nucleus for water vapor to condense on to make a droplet large enough to fall as rain. To work, there has to be a fairly high
humidity. It is a gentle nudge to cause effective rain to fall. It does not create the moisture.
In a forest fire, not only is the air usually very dry...so are the ground fuels. I have seen (and fought) fires in heavy downpours of rain, hail,
even snow! It takes time for the fuels on the ground to absorb the moisture. Small, fine fuels not only absorb moisture faster, they dry from the heat
of the fire or lightning very rapidly. The larger fuels can take weeks to become wet enough to prevent burning. In the Northwest, slash burning is
often done with snow on the ground and after several weeks of rain or snow. The large fuels burn just fine!
Larger fires generate severe weather including winds strong enough to snap 4' diameter trees and larger. The heat evaporates even heavy rains before
it hits the ground.
Even if there were clouds and moisture to seed, at the right place, at the right time, the moisture would have little effect on the fire.
Basically i couldn't have compiled the info better myself, and it would appear that due to conditions cloud seeding simply is not a practical option.
So it will be the old fashioned techniques with men on the ground that will be used.