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We can definitely say that cloud seeding enhances snowfall under the right conditions," said Sarah Tessendorf, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and co-author of Quantifying snowfall from orographic cloud seeding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in late February.
The overall health and performance of WMO coordinated Global Observing System is under continued monitoring during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Large parts of the system, for instance its satellite components and many ground-based observing networks, are either partly or fully automated, and are therefore expected to continue functioning without significant degradation for several weeks, and in some cases even longer.
The COVID-19 virus has led to localized improvements in air quality due to the reduction in economic activity from efforts to control the pandemic. But cuts in emissions as a result of the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 will not substitute for concerted Climate Action.