Sunday, May 07, 2006

China Makes Artificial Rain for Beijing

Chinese weather specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's capital, the official Xinhua News Agency <reported Friday.

Technicians with the Beijing Weather Modification Office fired seven rocket shells containing 163 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide over the city's skies on Thursday, Xinhua said.

The reaction that occurred brought as much as four-tenths of an inch of rain, the heaviest rainfall this year, helping to "alleviate drought, add soil moisture and remove dust from the air for better air quality,

It will be interesting how this activity is going to progress, I am a bit worried about the side effects of changing nature. I know the people in drought striken areas of Australia would be interested in artificial rain


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

What about a rain dance? One time I was at a wedding in a rural area and there was a drought on and they asked me whether I could create rain by dancing. Okay, I'll have a try, I said, and they all followed me in a tuiboto dance! That night it rained 20k away from the wedding venue!
Okay, I'll be serious. Making rain might help in drought situations so new things like this might be a good thing for the farmers.

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