Humans Can Now Control the Weather
Scientists have found a way to control the weather with a modern take on the traditional rain dance
Keywords Beijing, Rhone, Lake Geneva, Rain, Cloud Seeding
Get your rain boots ready and prepare your umbrella because scientists have found a futuristic way to control the weather. With a technique that uses a powerful laser to create water droplets in the sky, scientists believe that harmful droughts could be a thing of the past, according to the Daily Mail.
The technique is a safer atmospheric alternative to "cloud seeding," which has existed for some time but uses harmful chemicals that fill the air and could pollute the environment. Cloud seeding uses small particles of dry ice or silver iodide, which are distributed through the air but aren’t environmentally friendly, according to the Daily Mail.
In years past, Beijing has made headlines for their controversial use of silver iodide to make it rain during droughts in the city. Some scientists argue that the science behind this practice of chemical induced rain is "too weak" according to an article published in ChinaDaily. Others argue that the disbursement of chemicals in the atmosphere may be harmful for the environment.
In an attempt to control weather conditions for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was reported by USA Today that the city used cloud seeding to ensure that no rain fell during the opening and closing ceremonies.
The new method uses a high-powered laser that works with natural humidity levels and atmospheric conditions to make water droplets.
The laser was first tested on the banks of the Rhone River near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. After 133 hours of pointing the laser to the sky, the method was proven successful for binding nitric acid particles in the air, reported the Daily Mail, even though no rain was produced.
Sean Flynn is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @BuffaloFlynn.