Forecasters Attend Lake Tahoe Weather Conference

They Called it Operation Sierra Storm

Alan Rose Reports on National Weather Conference

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - With California's ongoing drought, everyone across the Golden State is being impacted.  In the Sierra, the current snow pack is under 20 percent.  A new challenge for these world class ski resorts is adapting to drier and shorter winters, less snowfall and more rainfall.

I was part of a dozen meteorologists from across the country who met in Lake Tahoe last week.  Presenters came to Tahoe to discuss global climate change, severe weather outbreaks and the rain inducing pineapple express.  One presentation was given on last year's deadly tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma that was more than 2 and a half miles wide.

This year's keynote speaker, William Collins, is known worldwide for his work on global climate change. He says extreme weather events, like Superstorm Sandy or our own record setting drought will become more frequent as the planet warms up.  Collins also says that wetter climates will become wetter while drier areas will continue to dry out.

What's the solution? A cloud seeding drone was introduced at the conference as a means of triggering precipitation from clouds that would otherwise not bring rain or snow to a region.  These unmanned drones may soon be used in the Lake Tahoe region to help bring snow to the slopes, helping to boost the economy in these areas so driven by recreational activities.

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