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Shooting for Rain

We recently did a Dreamland show about weather wars. Now Chinese farmers are shooting bullets at the sky in order to try to end a drought.

In the Asia Times, Pallavi Aiyar writes that Chinese farmers have given up on prayer and are trying a new technique to bring rain: they are firing rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns at clouds. They aren?t firing bullets, they are firing silver-iodide pellets which they hope will seed the clouds by attracting enough moisture to bring on rain.

The Chinese s;pend between $60 and $90 million a year on weather modification. Aiyar quotes Chinese official Wang Guanghe as saying, "Ours is the largest artificial weather program in the world in terms of equipment, size and budget."

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