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The forthcoming Beijing Olympics will be the greatest spectacle in mankind's history. Not only has it been surrounded by heaps of social and political controversy, but in order to prove to the world how much of a bad ass super power they are, China's pulling out all the stops.
China has prepared a three-stage program to ensure that rain will not fall on their 91,000 seat, open air Olympic stadium. The plan is pretty #ing insane. First, regional weather will be monitored via planes, satellites, radar and an IBM supercomputer "that executes 9.8 trillion floating point operations per second."
Heavy rain clouds passing to close to the stadium will be "seeded" with chemicals from the Bird's Nest in order to shrink rain droplets. According to Zhang Qian, head of Beijing's Weather Modification Office:
"We use a coolant made from liquid nitrogen to increase the number of droplets while decreasing their average size. As a result, the smaller droplets are less likely to fall, and precipitation can be reduced."
The 2008 Chinese winter storms（2008年中国雪灾、2008年中国南方雪灾）are a series of winter storm events that affected large portions of southern and central China starting on 25 January 2008 until 6 February 2008. The systems affected most of the area with heavy snows, ice and cold temperatures causing extensive damage and transportation disruption for several thousand travelers. It has become China's worst winter weather in half a century. According to some media sources the storms were directly responsible for at least 129 deaths.
Originally posted by toreishi
Did somebody just push a button somewhere to create a high pressure area in order to slow down Typhoon Megi?