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Cloud Seeding Brings Rainy Results To Central Coast Reservoirs

A tried and proven method of increasing rainfall has apparently helped our drought-dry hills.

A team coordinating cloud seeding over Cachuma Lake and Santa Maria's Twitchell Dam watershed say that totals are up about 20%.

The silver iodide pellets shot from a plane or mountaintop launcher can get passing rainclouds to produce more precipitation. 

Operators specifically need the clouds to be over the reservoirs and not, for example, over front-country flood zones.