Vail cloud seeding should stop |

Vail cloud seeding should stop

Dan MontgomeryDillon

A recent article on cloud seeding said cloud seeding enhances a resort’s powder totals, so Vail Resorts spends a million bucks on it. There’s your scientific research: It works. Cloud seeding in Vail is a 28-year eccentric tradition that needs to stop in this time of drought.State law allows them to seed the clouds and other resorts are tossing around the idea as if it were a new terrain park or something. If cloud seeding is causing premature runoff or diverting snowpack in any way, it should stop.If there is a slim chance cloud seeding in the banana belt is hurting the High Country snowpack, it should stop. Pacific storms should not peter out in the banana belt climate of Beaver Creek. That snow belongs on the high mountain ranges, where it is cold. As an amateur weather observer, I saw the effect of Mr. Hjermstad’s seeding efforts. It snowed on warm days, with much runoff occurring during the storm resulting in no snowpack. Mr. Hjermstad’s company got its money. Where is a cop when you need one?The Denver Water Board should be all over Vail and the state law. Snow is falling at Beaver Creek that could potentially fall at higher elevations and create more snowpack and later runoff.Vail will use the same tactics to fight that global warming and mag chloride lawyers use: If you cannot prove it’s harmful, then proceed with destruction.In this election year let me stress that that is Bush administration mentality.

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