How Bacteria Make It Rain (with Kim Prather) – Speaking of Chemistry Road Trip

Did you know that the ocean launches bacteria and other goo into the atmosphere? And that those particles can seed clouds? Atmospheric chemist Kimberly Prather of UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography drops some serious knowledge on us. ↓↓More info and references below↓↓

Dissecting California Precipitation | C&EN

Observing Earth | C&EN

Does Cloud Seeding Really Work? | C&EN

From Dust To Snow | C&EN

Sea Spray Aerosol Chemistry Clarified | C&EN

Dust and Biological Aerosols from the Sahara and Asia Influence Precipitation in the Western U.S. | Science

For more on aerosols and climate, check out the State of the Science Fact Sheet from NOAA:

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