Chinese Government Seeds the Clouds for Snow Using AA Guns
If you hadn’t heard, the Chinese government uses a form of weather modification called Cloud Seeding. They did just that back during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and they’re still up to it. If you follow us on twitter you would know that I was extremely excited for the snow we got last week, as it is the longest the Beijing had gone without any form of precipitation in nearly 60 years leading to a +3 month drought. What’s cool is what they used to seed the clouds.
China’s droughts have become so severe that the meteorological department of Yichuan county have began cloud seeding with what appear to be anti-aircraft guns! Rather than deadly ammunition these large caliber guns are loaded with chemical mixtures, silver iodide, which are able force clouds to precipitate. In this case a nice coating of winter snow was the result of the weather manipulation technique.
Cloud seeding has also been carried out in Henan, Shandong, Jiangsu and Anhui. Beijing, which has seen it’s longest winter drought in 60 years this year is also preparing for cloud seeding, although the recent snow fall may hold off those plans. [via GizChina]