Scientists Create Artifical Rainstorms in Desert

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  1. cigaretteman

    cigaretteman Well-Known Member

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    As part of a secret program to control the weather in the Middle East, scientists working for the United Arab Emirates government artificially created rain where rain is generally nowhere to be found. The $11 million project, which began in July, put steel lampshade-looking ionizers in the desert to produce charged particles. The negatively charged ions rose with the hot air, attracting dust. Moisture then condensed around the dust and eventually produced a rain cloud. A bunch of rain clouds.


    Read more: Scientists Create 52 Artificial Rain Storms in Abu Dhabi Desert - TIME NewsFeed
     
  2. cstrunk

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    That's pretty crazy. I'd be interested in reading more about that project.
     
  3. alarson

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    No way you could see that having possible negative effects elsewhere.........:jimlad:
     
  4. ISUAgronomist

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    ...remember when the Chinese did this to clear the smog for the Beijing Olympics :jimlad:
     
  5. 247cy

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    Child's play.

    Back in the late 80's I stole a high powered experimental laser and fashioned a device capable of altering weather ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    Sincerely,
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  6. Erik4Cy

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    Really? how secret can something be if it is on a Iowa State message board?
     
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    They also found a river full of neon green algea, a ship full of gold, and a big **** stain that they say used to be actor Mathew McConaughey.

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  8. bos

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    This kind of crap worries me. While it would benefit those who cant grow food because of declining rain, you are robbing peter to pay paul here.
     
  9. CyCrazy

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    Peter has always been a jerk and Paul was only asking for what he was owed.
     
  10. ThatllDoCy

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    Skiing indoors and rain in the desert. Just move to Switzerland already.
     
  11. Cyclonepride

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    If it's even possible to do this on a scale that makes any difference whatsoever, then it will certainly (potentially) adversely affect the weather somewhere else.

    Pretty disgusting that they can (allegedly) create 52 rain storms for $11 million. We can't provide 52 umbrellas for that much.
     
  12. CtownCyclone

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    Oh yeah? Top this:
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    Back on-topic, this sounds like a bad idea in the grand scheme of things. Intentionally messing around with the climate doesn't sound like the best idea.
     
  13. VeloClone

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    Wait a minute. Didn't they already do that on Tatooine? I'm pretty sure there is some sort of intergalactic patent infringement going on here...
     
  14. alarson

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  15. rebecacy

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    Wait 'til the wack-job activists get a hold of this one!!!!!
     
  16. rebecacy

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    Rain water is finite??
     
  17. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

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    if you're pulling moisture out of the atmosphere in one area, that could affect an area 'downstream' weather-wise, could it not? For example, could causing it to rain in nebraska diminish the moisture by the time that air reaches iowa, causing less rain here? Im no meteorological scientist by any means, but obviously weather is very interconnected.
     
  18. cysocool

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    Paid for by $5 gas...
     
  19. bos

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    no.

    yes.
     

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