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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...

2007-02-10 18:00:00

By Alex Breitler From his offices in Fresno, Steve Johnson explained how cloud seeders spent one of the driest Januaries on record: "We'd look at the forecast maps and pray," he said. Johnson's planes are soaring over the Sierra Nevada once again this week, scattering silver iodide particles to squeeze just a bit more snow out of some long-awaited storms. The twin-engine planes have been frozen to the ground for the most part this winter, said Johnson, general manager of Atmospherics Inc.,...

2006-07-02 20:21:29

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - China says its scientists make enough rain to fill the Yellow River; Moscow claims credit for sunshine for Red Square parades -- but confidence in other nations that humans can alter the weather has almost dried up. If it worked reliably, the use of aircraft and rockets to spread tiny chemical particles into the sky to "seed" or disperse clouds could be the answer to famine, drought, desertification, even global warming....

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...

2005-12-19 19:38:24

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming is embarking on an $8.8 million, five-year cloud-seeding project that aims to bolster mountain snowpack, and possibly yield proof of whether cloud seeding actually works. "Hopefully in Wyoming, we'll find evidence for that to be a viable tool in water resource management," said Dan Breed, project scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a federally funded research center based in Boulder, Colo. The state is paying the center $1.9 million to...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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