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2009-11-30 06:30:00

In an effort to alleviate the effects of a severe drought, Cuba had provided Venezuela with cloud seeding help. Hugo Chavez said Fidel Castro and Cuban president Raul Castro sent specialized equipment to the people of Venezuela to be used to seed clouds from planes. Chavez says, "We're bombarding clouds. We have some planes there, and some equipment that Fidel and Raul sent us." As his country heads into its dry season, Chavez is trying to squeeze more rain from the clouds. Reservoirs are at...

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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...

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...

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...

2008-08-11 09:00:54

Chemicals used in Olympic rain dispersing safe to enviroment: official BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official said on Saturday that "very limited amount of" chemicals had been involved when rockets were fired to blow away rain clouds from Friday's Olympic Games opening ceremony. "The chemicals will not threaten Beijing's air quality," Wang Hui, Director of Media and Communications Department of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games told a press conference here....


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.