Big snowpack suspends Wyoming cloud seeding

By: AP
By: AP
Part of Wyoming

This wall cloud was from Hartrick Canyon Drive between Temple and Little River approaching from Killeen. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Fendrick)

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Part of Wyoming's cloud-seeding research project has been suspended as a precaution against exacerbating potential spring flooding.

Officials say the cloud seeding was stopped as of Wednesday in the Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre ranges in southern Wyoming.

The mountain snowpack in the area has reached 120 percent of average, which means the spring runoff will be greater than usual.

Cloud seeding will continue in the Wind River Range in central Wyoming, but officials say that may be shut down as well because the snowpack there has reached 107 percent of average.

Wyoming has invested about $13 million since 2005 in the cloud-seeding project, which seeks to determine whether cloud seeding increases the amount of mountain snowpack.

Scientists expect to issue a final report later this year.

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