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Cloud Seeding – Artificial Rain

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Beijing managed to end its 110 day drought by using a technique called cloud seedingand inducing rain and snow. Personally I didn’t know this was possible but a little research has shown that cloud seeding is not uncommon; nor is it new technology, it’s been around for 50 years. Thailand is currently using this technique to combat it’s drought, and Pakistan used cloud seeding in August 2000, to end the drought in Quetta that affected 1.5m people and killed 2m animals. Many states in the US have a structured cloud seeding program (Nevada, Utah), and Australia also regularly uses cloud seeding.

Chemicals are shot into the clouds to force smaller clouds merge and create ice particles (snow) which melt and turn to water when falling. This technique is commonly used by water companies but also by airports to increase precipitation and clear fog.

The Russians also use this technique, but it isn’t always successful for them.

Cloud seeding raises a few questions. If we are taking the water out of the clouds before mother nature decides it is the right time and place to rain, how much do we disturb the landscape beyond where we made it rain? Should we be messing with mother nature in such a way? And if cloud seeding is successful, then why haven’t the UN or any aid agencies created a cloud seeding program in the drought hit regions of third world countries? The technique is only just taking off in West Africa – 45 years after it was developed. Surely this is one way to get water to those that need it most rather than use it to create more snow for skiers?

If there is a hose pipe ban in the UK this year and their reason is lack of rainfall then I know what my argument with Thames Water is going to be about.


Written by ChakDePhatte

February 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

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  1. It’s expenssive, it doesn’t always work, and it relies on humidity and rain clouds to be available.

    In deserts, there isn’t even any humidity for the most part, they also certainly don’t have the money to spend on rockets which have silver iodide in them.

    In other words, you need “cloud systems with right conditions” very hard to get in drought hit areas.

    The Russians use them mostly to ensure that holiday and parades are rain free by getting the clouds to disperse early.

    I do agree it would work in the UK well, but then, it’s hardly like the problem is a lack of rain.

    The real problem is that they sold all the resevoirs to make some quick cash, and their supply lines are full of leaks.

    The travesty of England is that it is a water rich place, that through corrupt mismanagement, still suffers drought like conditions at times.

    Completely, utterly, incompetent and disgusting.

    But then, this is from the same nation run by the Brownclodder, an idiot of monumental proportions, who claimed to end boom and bust, and now says the UK is hit by a hurricane of global collapse, when the UK itself was the and is one of the main culprits for the whole thing. Talk about blaming the victim.

    At least in Russia you know a gangster, fraudster, criminal when you meet one. In the US and UK we give them legitimate means to steal 50 billion.

    Think about it. One fraudster stole more money than probably all the criminals in Russia over the last 10 years. One man! And that’s just the outedfrauds. What about the entire system of fraud..

    Ok enough.


    February 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

  2. Important not to overlook the effect of silver iodide from cloud seeding on the cecal flora of rabbits:


    February 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm

  3. Rex, that’s the first political rant in a while.

    I thought you were part of the new labour sheep perfectly exemplified by Jack and Full English.


    February 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

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