June 21, 2008
Re "Clouding the issue of drought," June 16 Even if cloud seeding does exactly what it's supposed to do, it's still a flawed response to a larger problem. There is a finite amount of water on the planet, and all seeding does is supposedly redirect some of it, taking it away from somewhere else. This is obviously not a long-term solution as the population grows and the quantity of water remains the same. We need to learn to conserve the water we have. The county's efforts would be better spent promoting long-term conservation than trying to play God with silver iodide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2008 |
Hoping to wring water from the skies, a parched Los Angeles County plans to launch an $800,000 cloud-seeding project in the San Gabriel Mountains that officials believe will boost rainfall and raise the levels of local reservoirs. The project, which will rely on injecting clouds with silver iodide particles, has won county supervisors' backing and is slated to begin this winter.
October 14, 2007 |
lakin, kan. -- Water is prized in western Kansas, where aquifers are suffering and farms are miles wide and generations deep. A scant half-inch of rain can mean all the difference in a growing season. But when precipitation comes in the form of fist-size hail, it can damage or even destroy crops. That's where the Western Kansas Weather Modification Program and other cloud-seeding operations across the West come in.
May 8, 2005 |
Planes stationed at airfields around Thailand take to the skies almost daily, flying sorties in a campaign of national importance -- a war on the country's worst drought in seven years. They take off loaded not with bombs but with rainmaking chemicals -- prepared to specifications personally developed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is commanding the operation. On the flight line in this seaside town, aviators wear uniforms with shoulder patches proudly describing their duty: "Cloud Attackers."
February 23, 2003 |
They still think about the rainmaker, still remember him fondly, especially when a beautiful cloud rolls by. They still talk about the rainmaker, over cups of coffee at the Home Cafe or beers at the Ryegate Bar. They can't help it -- they miss him. They wish he would return. They would give anything to see the rainmaker drive up in his dusty old truck, setting forth his grand theory of life and promising to wring a few good storms from their dried-out sky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 |
A starchy Quaker sewing machine salesman who billed himself as a "Moisture Accelerator" owns a unique place in Southern California history, somewhere between meteorology and jurisprudence. Before the Los Angeles and Colorado River aqueducts brought reliable water supplies to the Southland, there was the rainmaker: Charles Mallory Hatfield.