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Rumours: Cloud Seeding

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December 23, 2010

01:43

Weather modification has always been firmly seated in the realm of quackery.  Whether you're dancing in a field to bring rain, or firing "hail cannons" to prevent hail, there's been little scientific evidence to back up any claims that our Cumulus friends were paying even the slightest attention.

Cloud seeding, however, may finally have earned its place in the sun.  Or... in front of the sun.  Australia, Africa, the Vancouver Olympics...  now it seems like everywhere you look you find someone who wants to tinker with the troposphere!  And hey, if everybody's doing it, it must be okay!  

... Right?

Host: Brit Trogen

Photo credits: Mila Zinkova, Roman Fuchs, Twentieth Century Fox ©, Wikimedia user PiccoloNamek, Disney ©

References:

http://www.nawcinc.com/wmfaq.html

http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/cloudseeding.html

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2009-11/chinas-weather-manipulation-brings-crippling-snowstorm-beijing

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2009/1102/beijing-gets-early-snow-thank-cloud-seeding

http://news.alibaba.com/article/detail/business-in-china/100206148-1-deadly-snow.html

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David on March 27, 2010
Haha - Science in Seconds beat the BBC to the news!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8587725.stm

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