From the Ask Joe file, a question on the ongoing tragedy with that landslide in Washington state.
Sandra wrote in asking if there is any chance that cloud seeding impacted or contributed to the mudslide in Washington, and she asks if anyone would admit to it, if it did?
Tragically, all we know is that that hillside gave way after extensive periods of wet weather, covering an entire town in thick mud. As we've heard, the death toll continues to rise.
Joe checked with the Desert Research Institute about this, since they do conduct cloud seeding in Reno and around the Tahoe Basin.
Those cloud seeding operations do not spread out very far. The maximum distance is about 40 miles and more often, it is about 5 to 10 miles.
DRI said the state of Idaho does cloud seeding, and Joe put a call in to their Natural Resources Department, but did not hear back on Thursday.
Typically, cloud seeding can boost a storm's output by about 8 percent, so it is significant. But DRI scientists also say they monitor the conditions very carefully to make sure they only seed the clouds when the conditions call for it.
There may be more to explore on this issue, so Joe will keep looking into it and follow up when he does get some more answers.