Wildfire smoke. Daft idea? Maybe not.

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Aug 17, 2021, 1:59:00 PM8/17/21
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I have some friends in Carson City, Nevada.  While there aren't any wildfires in their immediate vicinity, smoke that is trapped under the persistent inversion from fires in California is making life a misery.

Aircraft 'fire bombers' are used to try to suppress actual fires.  Might there be any valid science in spraying water from high above the smoke to make it settle to the ground?  After all, at some point it will settle so could water speed things up?

Crazy idea no doubt.  Thoughts?


Graham Easterling

Aug 17, 2021, 3:37:19 PM8/17/21
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I don't see why it shouldn't work (amazing how common it is to use double negatives). I think the real issue is the vast amounts of water & flights it would take to make much real difference.

I suppose they could get some assistance  by seeding any suitable clouds that might turn up. 

Penzance - No cloud seeding required.

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