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2009-09-01 00:54:30

A state water authority manager suggests providing public funds for seeding clouds in Northern Nevada for drinking water in Las Vegas. Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy suggested his agency provide funds to keep a Desert Research Institute cloud seeding program operating, The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday. Water authority staff members must determine whether it would be in southern Nevada's best interest to fund part of the cloud-seeding program, so the DRI could...

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2009-07-10 15:52:32

Authorities in Mumbai are discussing the option of cloud seeding in order to draw more rains to the region that has recently been strained by water shortages. Mumbai has struggled with lower than average water levels in its six supplying lakes that are responsible for providing the Indian capital with 872 million gallons of water each day. According to AFP, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported of talks with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) as well as a firm that had...

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2009-06-30 11:35:00

Fearing the late arrival of the annual monsoon, scientists in India are flying through storm clouds seeding them with weather modification chemicals in hopes of artificially creating rain. The monsoon's late arrival has left the ground parched and crops damaged as water shortages sweep through the cities. At least 100 people have been reported dead as a result of the disastrous heat wave reaching temperatures as high as 113F. In Delhi some residents have resorted to sleeping in their...

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2009-04-07 12:45:30

Water usually crystallises as hexagonal rings but scientist at the University of Liverpool have discovered a five-sided ice chain that breaks the usual rules. Researchers, in collaboration with University College London and the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin, created the first moments of water condensing on matter "“ a process vital for the formation of clouds in the atmosphere "“ by analysing how the two interact on a flat copper surface. Ice has rarely been viewed at the...

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2009-02-19 15:55:26

A carpet of heavy snow blanketed Beijing Wednesday night, induced by China's artificial seeding of clouds with chemicals to mitigate the most severe drought to grip the northern part of the nation in nearly 40 years. Officials in Beijing have been firing chemicals into the clouds to create northern China's first precipitation in more than 100 days. The flurries began falling Tuesday evening, and by yesterday, 28 rocket-launch bases had fired more than 500 cigarette-sized sticks of silver...

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2008-08-19 12:55:00

A top environment official said on Tuesday that Olympic host Beijing enjoyed its cleanest air in 10 years this month and will adopt strict new measures to ensure its notorious smog does not return. Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said over the past 18 days, air quality in the capital ranged between excellent and fairly good on China's index. He has since pledged that good conditions would continue. Du said Beijing would be built into a livable...

2008-06-17 15:00:24

Los Angeles to resume controversial cloud-seeding project LOS ANGELES, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Facing severe water supply shortage, Los Angeles plans to launch a controversial cloud- seeding project that they believe will boost rainfall and raise the levels of local reservoirs, a newspaper report said Monday. The project, which will rely on injecting clouds with silver iodide particles, has won approval from Los Angeles county supervisors and is slated to begin this winter. Officials...

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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...

2008-01-30 13:45:00

Zhang Qian, head of weather manipulation at the Beijing Meteorological Bureau may have found a way to keep the opening ceremony at August's Olympic Games dry. The attempts to mitigate light rain have been successful thus far. The Bird's Nest Stadium, where the Olympics will be held, has no roof. Because of this, the bureau has been instructed to prevent wet weather on August 8th.  Thus far, Zhang Qian and the bureau have been able to prevent light rain, but she says that it is much more...

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...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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