Monday, September 12, 2005

Weather Control

This post has nothing to do with Katrina and is in no way a conspiracy theory blaming the Emperor and his warlords for the hurricane. I was reading an article this morning, however, that described an industry I otherwise had no idea existed -- weather control. And I am completely fascinated.

There are a number of private corporations that offer weather modification services to increase rainfall for crops, to mitigate destruction from hurricanes and the like. Since I don't have the scientific wherewithal to assess whether these corporations are legitimate and their solutions plausible, I leave it to you to let me know (although I assume they would not have capital to stay in business if there wasn't minimal feasibility).

Dyno-Mat, Inc. claims that it can reduce the power of hurricanes.

A hurricane is a collection of thunderstorms, spinning in a counter clockwise motion along with the Earth's rotation. This collection of thunderstorms can grow to a very large size and successfully taking one of them on is a task that has never been done before. The way the Dyn-O-Mat team is going after the storm is by using what is called a "Venturi Action". The "Venturi Action" can be described as a pie-shaped piece that will be cut from the outer band into the eye of the storm. The intended result of this action is to allow the system to use it's own strength on itself. Essentially disrupt the cell, in hopes of significantly weakening the devastating power of the storm.
http://www.dynomat.com/storm.shtml.


Weather Modification, Inc. performs "cloud seeding" to increase rainfall in places that it is needed.
Weather modification is also commonly known as cloud seeding, cloud modification, atmospheric resource management, and precipitation management. Weather Modification, Inc. specializes and excels in all aspects of this water management technology. Specifically, we offer a complete range of services from turn-key operational programs for rainfall increase (rain enhancement), snow pack augmentation, hail damage mitigation (hail suppression), and fog clearing
(fog dissipation), to technical assistance and/or technology transfer for all of these.
http://www.weathermod.com/

Apparently, Nissan Corporation used some of these techniques to prevent a parking lot of its cars from getting pelted with hail. http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=1628848
Hailstones are formed and begin with a piece of dust in the clouds. There is a lot of activity going on, and what we do is to de-ionize that activity in the clouds and keep those dust particles from collecting moisture out of the clouds in turn reacting and forming what we know as a hailstone.

Leave it to the private sector to solve all of mankind's problems or make them worse. I am torn. Are we playing God or making the world a better place? Or both?

10 Comments:

At 3:27 PM, September 12, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The premise of using a “pie shaped” piece cut from the “outer band and put into the eye of the storm” sounds good in theory, but the company does not provide any good explanation of exactly how this procedure is accomplished. As for seeding clouds to result in rain, that idea has been around for many years and does actually work



Storms of the hurricane size modulate incredible amounts of thermal energy and ultimately convert that energy into mechanical work (by creating large pressure gradients which make wind and rearrange the surfaces over which they pass). I believe it is highly unlikely that a small airplane could deliver a device, other than some sort of bomb, that could have enough potential energy to significantly alter the course of a hurricane. Perhaps using accurately located explosive charges could result in the disruption of the pressure fields which give rise to such storms, but at the end of the day we would be screwing with the Earth’s natural processes of dissipating energy. By preventing such storms from being born and following their natural courses we could ultimately cause widespread climactic shifts far more devastating than the aftermath of a single major storm. Thus, while we might be able to do these sorts of things, the consequences are difficult if not impossible to predict. It’s best to let nature run its course without our interfering beyond what we already do.

 
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