Seeding clouds is not just for cartoons anymore.

Via the Idaho Statesman comes word of a new cloud seeding project to increase snowfall amounts and raise water levels in reservoirs in order to increase hydro electric power output. Its an old idea that has been around for a long time. I remember seeing it in cartoons as a kid. Wylie Coyote wants to stop the road runner with a flood so he seeds the clouds ahead of the RR with Acme cloud seed. Somehow the RR misses the flood and the Coyote gets washed out instead. And so in the category of truth is srtanger than fiction the Idaho Power Co. is spending millions to seed the clouds. So lets make sure we tell them that declaring a Federal Disaster area / Emergency and demanding fedral funding after they have a huge blizzard is off limits, no federal money for the laying in the bed you made. Seed away! (By the way  China just had a run in cloud seeding  that resulted in a blizzard- see brief below)

… [cloud seeding] technology is not without a downside. When a huge blizzard brought record snows this month to Beijing and other cities, Chinese officials acknowledged that cloud seeding contributed. The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Beijing Weather Modification Office claimed it had created 16 million metric tons of additional snow in the storm, which angered people caught in it.

The Cloud Seeding Process

Back the Brookie


Jason Borger has a really cool field notes style illustration posted today over at his blog Fish Flies and Water.

I like its style. As a designer I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for drawings that look like they were done for the artists eyes only. Drawings like these offer a window into what the artist is thinking and bring a level of communication and brutal functionality to something that otherwise nice to look at. I think it is very compelling. Good work Jason, more please.

Toxic Chemical Spill in Stillwater River

A bad photo of a typical Stillwater River Rock Bass

A bad photo of a typical Stillwater River Rock Bas

Wow am I glad I decided not to fish the Stillwater river this weekend. There was apparently a toxic chemical spill. Maybe some fly fisher just got a really bad batch of Rattlesnake sausage from Buffalo Jack’s and couldn’t make it in to town before experiencing a bowel explosion… ok probably not, as their food is actually really good and I’ve never had a bad meal there. However if you do find yourself fishing the Stillwater any time soon, wear your toxic waders! From the DDN…

UNION TWP., Miami County — An apparent hazardous material spill which reached the Stillwater River, prompting local officials to call the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, apparently started in Darke County, fire officials in Miami County said Sunday, July 26.

It was not clear what the substance was, but “it’s got a sewage smell to it,” said Joe Marchal, chief of the Pleasant Hill-Newton Twp. Fire Department.

Someone noticed the substance in Canyon Run Creek, near the 300 block of Shiloh Road, and called the fire department about 2 p.m., Marchal said.

Firefighters traced the substance in both directions and found that it went back to the Darke County border, Marchal said.

The fire department then decided to call out the Ohio EPA and the state Department of Natural Resources to help manage the problem, Marchal said.