We have another shot at rain tonight and another chance to give Mother Nature a boost.
Matt Naftaly, manager of Santa Barbara County's Water Agency, hopes Tuesday's storm system will bring ideal conditions for cloud seeding.
A grove of so-called "flare trees" -- metal, tree-like sculptures -- sits high above Santa Barbara and Goleta off West Camino Cielo. Each cylinder contains a flare-like device that shoots silver iodide into the clouds, which helps create rain.
"The silver iodide acts as a nucleus for the vapor to freeze to," said Naftaly. "Once that process has started, it grows and grows as an ice crystal. Around here, it normally ends up melting as rain."
During Monday night's storm, a county weather expert stationed in Santa Maria used a remote system to shoot off twenty three flares from the grove, aimed toward the Twitchell Reservoir and Cachuma Lake.