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BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Beijing fired over 1,000 rain dispersal rockets on Friday evening to blow away rain clouds for the smooth opening ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games at the National Stadium, confirmed the local observatory on Saturday morning.
It was the largest rain dispersal operation in China, and the first time that such technology has been used to ensure the weather condition for Olympic opening, said Chinese meteorologists.
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The artificial rain dispersal efforts basically drove the rain away as of 10:42 p.m., when the show had been going on for over two hours, said BMB experts.
Originally posted by haidian
,so many world record has been broken,partly attribute to the pleasant weather here.
Sun Shines on Clear Beijing With One Day to Go
August 22, 2008 BEIJING (Reuters) -
Olympic host city Beijing was sunny and clear on the 15th day of the Games on Saturday, with temperatures expected to rise for a broiling midday men's football final between defending champions Argentina and Nigeria.
The Beijing Meteorological Bureau (www.bjmb.gov.cn) forecast a high of 32 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and air quality at grade 1 -- the best possible rating.
Pollution had been a major worry for athletes and organizers ahead of the Games, but the air has been largely clear, thanks in part to occasional heavy rain. Saturday is the last big day of medals, with 32 on offer, including the last diving gold, in the 10m platform, which China's Zhou Luxin is favored to win to give the hosts a clean sweep of all eight diving medals. Apart from Sunday's men's marathon, the athletics end on Saturday. The highlight will be Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele's attempt to add the men's 5,000m to his 10,000m title, a double already achieved by female compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba. (Reporting by Jim Bai; Editing by Nick Macfie)
By The Associated Press
August 24, 2008 (AP)
KENYAN FIRST IS A FIRST FOR KENYA
Samuel Wanjiru pulled away over the final few miles to become the first Kenyan to win the Olympic marathon — and he did it an Olympic record time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds. The temperature was 75 degrees with 52 percent humidity when the race began at 7:30 a.m. and it heated up steadily through the morning, reaching 86 degrees by the finish. Thanks to an overnight thunderstorm, blue sky greeted the final day of the games.