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2009-11-11 13:20:00

Scientists in China refueled the debate over the practice of tinkering with Mother Nature by artificially inducing the second major snowstorm to wreak havoc in Beijing this season, AFP reported. The National Meteorological Center said the earliest snow to hit the capital in 22 years fell on the first of November and the capital was again shrouded in white Tuesday with more snow expected in the coming three days. The Beijing Weather Modification Office had artificially induced both storms by...

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2009-11-02 13:15:00

China's Beijing Weather Modification Office caused an early snowfall Sunday after seeding rain clouds in order to ease droughts in the region. Scientists reported spraying clouds with 186 doses of silver iodide in hopes of causing rainfall for wheat crops suffering from a drought. However, a cold front swept through the region, causing the rainfall to become snow, which continued to fall throughout half of the day. Temperatures reached as low as 29 Fahrenheit, resulting in the earliest...

2008-08-25 12:01:05

Chinese authorities say they used rockets and chemicals to stop a thunderstorm from hitting the Olympics' final ceremonies. Weather officials acknowledged using airplanes and several hundred rockets with rain dispersal materials Sunday afternoon after inclement weather coming from Mongolia was predicted, the Chinaofficial Xinhua news agency reported Monday. "Moisture in the air was at a higher level than at the time before the opening ceremony and would more easily develop into convective...

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2008-04-11 13:30:00

To prevent rain clouds from ruining the Olympics opening ceremony, China is preparing an arsenal of rockets and aircraft to disperse clouds so that dignitaries in the roofless "bird's nest" stadium don't get wet.The Chinese government is well known for its use of cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, which is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei.Officials...

2007-04-25 17:30:10

BEIJING -- Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies. China has been tinkering with artificial rainmaking for decades, but whether it works is a matter of debate among scientists. Weather patterns for the past 30 years indicate there is a 50 percent chance of...

2006-05-05 04:25:00

BEIJING -- Chinese technicians have artificially generated heavy rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The Chinese capital was hit by a fierce wind storm last month which left the city cloaked in sand, much of it scooped up from the Gobi desert. The Beijing Weather Modification Office responded Thursday with a major cloud seeding operation. "A total of 163 pieces of cigarette-like sticks containing silver iodide were burned and...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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