Weather Modification: Everybody’s doing it

So why do people still think it’s a CONspiracy ??

Russian aircraft will ensure blue skies in Moscow on Victory Day

MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – Up to 12 military aircraft will disperse clouds to ensure good weather over Red Square during Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9, an Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

Employing techniques perfected over decades, Moscow authorities plan to use environmentally friendly and harmless chemicals to clear clouds and prevent rain. Last year the Russian Air Force dispersed clouds above the city using dry ice, silver iodide and cement powder.

Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said “the most experienced An-12, Il-18 and An-26 crews” would be used to guarantee good weather in the Russian capital.

The weather regime will start on May 7, and preparations will begin from May 5, Drobyshevsky added.

Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War. The conflict is commonly referred to as the Great Patriotic War in Russia.

More than 30 military aircraft are due to fly over Red Square during the May 9 military parade which will see a display of the country’s most advanced weaponry, such as BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, T-90 tanks, and Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile mobile launchers.

The Air Force will be represented by Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers, MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors, An-124 Condor heavy-lift transport planes and helicopters of various types.

Cloud seeding causes an intensive crystallization process which produces ice crystals that are normally dispersed hundreds of meters from the target area.

Rainmaking projects ‘no threat’

By Tan Yingzi (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-04-11

The chemicals used in projects to reduce rainfall pose no danger to people or the environment, the head of the Beijing weather modification department said Thursday.

Since 2002, the city’s meteorologists have been experimenting with rain-control techniques in a bid to prevent downpours during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

Speaking in response to media questions on the safety of the methods, Zhang Qiang, director of the weather modification department of Beijing’s meteorological bureau, said there is no scientific evidence of any harmful effects.

“Chemicals, such as silver iodide and liquid nitrogen, are widely used in rainfall suppression projects in many countries. And after years of research, meteorological experts from around the world have found no proof there is any negative impact on people’s health or the environment,” Zhang said.

“The amount of silver iodide that ends up in rainwater is very small, far below the national standard for drinking water,” she said.

The other widely used chemical is liquid nitrogen, Zhang said, but as the atmosphere is itself about 78 percent nitrogen, this “poses no harm to the environment”.

Based on weather records, meteorologists have said there is about a 47 percent chance of rain on Aug 8 in Beijing, the opening day of the Olympics. And while the world’s scientists have yet to find a way to master Mother Nature, authorities hope their efforts will at least prevent a wash out on that particular day.

“If a rainfall reduction operation is conducted on a small scale, relatively good results can be expected,” Zhang said.


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