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Beijing enjoyed its third day of artificially induced snow on Thursday after its longest drought in 38 years.
The four-month drought ended on Tuesday when snow fell after iodide sticks had been fired into the sky to seed clouds.
Hundreds of sticks were also blasted on Wednesday to increase the snowfall over northern China.
"The snow has brought moisture to the soil, which may help end the drought," Guo Yingchun, an engineer at a meteorological observatory said.
Originally posted by kaffemoka
Why don't they send some over to Australia? They are having a serious drought and I'm sure, could use the moisture....
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Any technology can be used for both good and evil. While conspiracy-theorists rave about weather manipulation and are being told "it does not exist", on the other side of the globe they are using it for something good.
Beijing to manipulate weather on Oct. 1
Beijing is preparing to manipulate the weather to ensure that it does not rain on its National Day parade on Oct 1.
Zhang Qiang, deputy director of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, told China Daily that "artificial rain reduction" measures were in place for the National Day celebration, during which President Hu Jintao will give a speech and the military will parade past the Tian'anmen Square.
Similar moves were taken during the Beijing Olympic Games last year, when meteorological workers fired 1,104 rain dispersal rockets from 21 sites in the capital on the eve of the opening ceremony, which prevented a rain belt from moving toward the stadium.
"From weather records for the National Day in Beijing in the past three decades, we see a 30 percent chance of rainfall, mostly drizzle," Guo Hu, head of the Beijing meteorological bureau (BMB), told China Daily.
The common way for artificial rain reduction is cloud seeding -- dispersing substances like silver iodide into the air to alter the microphysical processes within the cloud. The chemical can cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury to humans and mammals if intensively exposed.
But the amount used in rain reduction is small, which causes no harm to the environment or humans, Ye said.
Originally posted by Maddogkull
It just makes you wonder how more advanced china is (technology wise) then the rest of the world.
China overdoes cloud seeding to end drought... and blankets Beijing in snow
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 7:11 PM on 02nd November 2009
Chinese weather scientists were embarrassingly caught out by a sudden cold snap yesterday.
They had decided to 'seed' clouds with chemicals to produce rain and ease a drought in Beijing.
The operation went exactly as they had hoped - except that temperatures dropped sharply and the precipitation fell as snow.
It kept going for half the day, blanketing the capital's streets and hitting air and road travel. It was the earliest snow in Beijing for ten years.
7,000 buildings collapse in China under
heaviest snow on record
13 Nov 09 – Unusually early snowstorms in northern China have stranded tens of thousands of vehicles and motorists, led to the deaths of 38 people, forced the evacuation of 158,000 people, and forced delays or cancellation of hundreds of flights in several cities, including China's capital city, Beijing.
The snow - heaviest in the area since records began - has caused more than half a billion dollars in damage, including the collapse of more than 7,000 buildings and damage to 297,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of crops, the Civil Affairs Ministry said Friday.