Is It Really Global Warming or Just Weather Manipulation? China Says No Rain For Olympics.Submitted by cactus1010 on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 09:41
China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine.
The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies. China has been tinkering with artificial rainmaking for decades, but whether it works is a matter of debate among scientists.
Weather patterns for the past 30 years indicate there is a 50 percent chance of rain for both the opening ceremony on Aug. 8, 2008 and the closing ceremony two weeks later, said Wang Yubin, an engineer with the Beijing Meteorological Bureau.
The forced rain could also help clean Beijing's polluted air, said Wang Jianjie, another meteorologist with the bureau.
"When conditions permit, we will artificially increase rainfall," she said. "Rainfall is a way to naturally clean the air."