Cloud Seeding: Man-Made Rain

Cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, is the act of attempting to artificially induce or increase precipitation, usually to stave off drought. By dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, cloud seeding is meant to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds. The most common chemicals used for cloud seeding include silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). Though the practice started as a fringe science in the 1940s, it entered the mainstream with Operation Popeye, a US military operation to increase rains over Vietnam during the Vietnam War in order to slow Vietnamese military truck activity in the region. While practiced widely around the world—notably at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics—the effectiveness of cloud seeding is still a matter of academic debate. Rainmaking in general has ancient roots and strong cultural significance in many societies around the world, and rain dances and other rituals are still practiced today in areas ranging from Zimbabwe to Slovakia. 


Kate Bush - Cloudbusting, 1985

A song about Wilhelm Reich told from the point of view of his son, who Kate Bush portrays in this video.  There are chemtrails in this video by the way.  I am learning that geoengineering has been going on for a long time.

"Wild Winds"
511 photos merged into one image using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop, automated with this script Here’s a single frame from the timelapse if you’re interested.

In 2003, a National Academies panel proclaimed that there wasn’t much evidence that cloud seeding works and that in fact, all “large-scale operational weather modification programs would be premature,” based on the available science. Wyoming researchers decided to more rigorously evaluate cloud seeding, and the results of a decade worth of work are now out.

Six winters’ worth of snow in two mountain ranges in southern Wyoming were evaluated. The researchers report that in ideal conditions, seeding increased winter precipitation by 5 to 15 percent. A cloud seeding program in the region could cost $27 to $214 per acre-foot of water in a low cost scenario and $53 to $427 per acre-foot in a high-cost scenario.

"The Light (Feat. Nadine Carina)" by Cloud Seeding // The Light /Single/ (2012)

It’s been a little while since I’ve heard new music from Cloud Seeding, but that’s luckily came to an end with the release of the new single, “The Light”, which features vocals and keyboards from Swiss artist, Nadine Carina. Previously, the band has worked with other vocalists (Marissa Nadler and Greg Hatem) to excellent effect, but here something just clicks - the otherwordly beauty of Carina’s voice connects perfectly with the dark, hypnotic beat creating something as haunting as it is pretty. Highest recommendation for fans of Ombre, Widowspeak, and Marissa Nadler. 

(purchase) "The Light (feat. Nadine Carina)" by Cloud Seeding (via Bandcamp)