I had good intentions this morning of writing a pithy little post about Hurricane Ike being the result of a global weather machine in the hands of an evil empire. However, when I started googling my way to some fun pop culture references, I found instead evidence of actual weather modification program. I swear it it getting harder and harder to write satire.
Real life weather control processes are alive and well in China, Russia, and the United States. Cloud seeding is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation in a given area. Substances such as silver oxide and carbon dioxide are released into the air in the hopes of spurring the condensation process. Some companies claim the ability to filter or desalinate the air with artificial rain. And according to Wikipedia, the technology dates back to the turn of the century – the last century. Perhaps we all need to start reading science publications?
Check out these REAL news items:
Aisa Times – China attempts to thwart rain for opening ceremonies of Beijing Olympics.
CNET News – New Mexico’s Altela company (CEO, Ned Godshall) makes it rain. Not satire? Wow.