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Weather laser can induce rain and lightning

August 28, 2013 | Comment icon 28 comments



Rain clouds can be produced on demand. Image Credit: CC 2.0 JDP90
Scientists are experimenting with laser pulses that can create clouds and influence the weather.
The sophisticated weather modification technique has been continuing to gain momentum and will be discussed in detail at a meeting of the UN World Meteorological Organization in Geneva next month.
The technique uses lasers to send intense pulses of light in to the sky, inducing the formation of ice and the condensation of water which in turn results in cloud formation. The ability to do this on demand would provide a way to trigger heavy rainfall or lightning at a more convenient time before a major event or away from an area vulnerable to flooding or damage.

Weather manipulation is not a new idea - from ritualistic rain dances to experimental cloud seeding, mankind has always held a fascination with controlling the heavens. While previous efforts have yielded some degree of success, the new laser pulse method could prove to be the first reliable mechanism that can change the weather on demand without the use of chemicals.

Source: LWC | Comments (28)


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Comment icon #19 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo 9 years ago
This ain't no technological breakdown Oh no, this is the road to Hell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abZlWqVeLzg
Comment icon #20 Posted by EtherialNight 9 years ago
The way governments are heading, this could be the next population control device, if they haven't been screwing around with seismic technology already. Sneaky way to get rid of the opponent. Leave nature alone puny humans!
Comment icon #21 Posted by SkepticalB 9 years ago
If nature has a problem with us, let it stop us. I always believe in a get them before they get us mentality
Comment icon #22 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo 9 years ago
If nature has a problem with us, let it stop us. No thats our job too. Big Bad Voodoo
Comment icon #23 Posted by SkepticalB 9 years ago
i dont understand what you mean
Comment icon #24 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo 9 years ago
i dont understand what you mean Nature pehaps "knows" that we will stop ourselves. Big Bad Voodoo
Comment icon #25 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant 9 years ago
Here I am thinking and laughing at the people who just plain out dismissed HAARP. By now we should all know, the information that gets released (unless leaked...even then might have been leaked on purpose) is from quite a few years ago. Sooo my guess is they have had this for years and already have quite a few other "fun toys" they play with.
Comment icon #26 Posted by ash68 9 years ago
Thanks for your replies Paladin and Imaginary,I've long been of he opinion that there is some form of intelligence at work in nature as it appears to work to a perfection we can see and I'm sure further perfection we can't,I feel if you keep poking her with a stick there maybe a retaliation and I'd place my bet on the winner right now but having said that I can see you logic Palladin but like I said,we aren't clever enough right now
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rlyeh 9 years ago
I really don't think we should mess with mother nature,she decides where rain will fall etc because she knows far more than we can imagine let alone learn So you're against medication too?
Comment icon #28 Posted by trudoug 9 years ago
First we experiment with our own bodies and now that it's known know how to screw that up, why not go for the rest of nature's perfectness.


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