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California’s current cloud seeding projects increase its water supply by 4 percent a year.

Record heat…

…and drought.

Unlike hurricanes and stranded polar bears, drought is not telegenic — until it produces fire.

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Various pathways by which water vapor is transformed into various types of cloud particles and precipitation.

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