Controlling the weather with cloud seeding has previously proved popular with Chinese and Russian officials, but Moscow's mayor does not seem content with just keeping the rain off his roofs. Now Mayor Yury Luzhkov has hired the cash-strapped Russian Air Force to chemically spray clouds so that no snow will fall within his city limits.
Moscow already keeps the Russian Air Force on hire to prevent rain during parades on Victory Day in May and City Day in September. Time Magazine reports that the city easily coughs up $2 to $3 million for the convenience out of its $40 billion budget.
The Air Force arsenal for spraying the clouds includes cement powder, dry ice and silver iodide. Moscow residents can only hope that there's no repeat of an incident that happened in June 2008, when Reuters reported that a Russian cargo plane accidentally dropped a 55-pound bag of cement through a suburban home's roof.
This latest scheme represents only the latest development in Russia's love-hate relationship with winter weather. Moscow residents typically trudge through the snow from November to March, but the harsh winters have historically proved handy at least twice in freezing invaders in their tracks: Napoleon's Grand Armee and Hitler's Panzers each eventually ground to a halt.
So far Luzhkov has touted the benefits of his snow-stop plan for both city residents and farmers outside the city who would receive additional moisture. But suburban residents have begun lodging protests and concerns.
If the idea sounds somewhat extreme, just keep in mind that Russia has no monopoly on wacky schemes -- see the latest geoengineering scheme to reduce hurricanes, courtesy of a certain U.S. billionaire.
Trying to apply to NY.....If NY spends more than $1mill per inch (this is approx.) for plowing snow and salt... the cost of seeding would probably be cost effective.
The international airport near me seeds clouds to eliminate fog around the airport, when conditions are wrong it puts ice on the roads but most of the time it causes no problems. I wonder if they will save money on hiring snow removal people if so there may be loads of cities around the world try the same trick. It could be use full to target the snow in the mountains that feed resuvars. I can imagine California paying to seed mountains in other states to insure adequate water in there rivers.
New York could probably do it and get away with it since the oceans east of them don't really require water. However, if California starts seeding clouds it would affect the weather across the entire Midwest. By dropping additional moisture out west it would cause a drought in the main grain producing states.
this idea of controling weather sort of eludes me , because what happens if we do this to much? will we mess up the weather patterns on earth? i have noticed that anything that humans try to control when it comes to nature, it sometimes back fires on us and causes heavy consequenses, for example to much carbon dioxide causes globle warming what would this do? just a thought to be considered
I honestly hope that the Mayor does not do this consecutively. There are several reasons, people are not very smart when it comes to snow, it's there own fault for thinking you don't need tire chains in snow just cause you have a 4-wheel. Another reason is that if you begin to rely on it too much, and more nations are doing it where snow falls, the materials used to stop snow will increase contamination of the air and water. So it spreads, easily.
And as an "alternate" means of attacking a country, the USA decides to "create" global warming which gives the east cost more rain but floods the rest of the world! It is all making so much sense to me now, just another way to taunt the Australian natives into throwing more parties!!
I was in Moscow in August and it was cool and cloudy. But a really long time ago I was the mountaintop research technician in the Bridger Mountains to the north of Bozeman, Montana. A research project had been funded in the winter of 1969-70 to inject silver iodide into a large propane burner on a ridgetop upwind of the Bridger Bowl ski area near the hometown of Montana State University.
As the technician, it was my job to keep the silver iodide solution flowing from a huge central tank, plus connect the 1,000 gallon propane tanks as needed to keep the burner into which the silver iodide solution was injected flaming away robustly. The propane was delivered to the ridge top as needed by a helicopter that strained every mechanical muscle to inch up slowly through the clouds to reach my post, a small A-frame cabin at almost 10,000 ft elevation.
I never did fine out how much snow I "made" but the ski business was good over at Bridger bowl so I must have not hurt anything. I also had to trudge up to a weather station right at the peak of the ridge every four hours day or night to take instrument readings manually, which was a drag, especially in white-out and 40 below.
Controlling the weather is a problem..thats Gods work(or mother nature,one of them)..thats one reason this world is the way it is now, people are going way ahead of themselves, i understand that its all about technology but..come on..not the weather, Just let it be, whatever happens happens. If it snows it snows, if it rains it rains..for a reason. This is wat they spend millions on, instead of helping homeless and starving children..smh @ the government.
If it snows it snows, right Dem. But I dont think it's your god's problem.
I do think there is no good reason to do this, there are much better ways to spend money.
Agree with Mwa3c,the USA decides to "create" global warming which gives the east cost more rain but floods the rest of the world! It is all making so much sense to me now, just another way to taunt the Australian natives into throwing more parties!!
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This latest scheme represents only the latest development in Russia's love-hate relationship with winter weather.
I can imagine California paying to seed mountains in other states to insure adequate water in there rivers.
Something a little uneasy about this. I can't help but think we are playing with things we do not fully understand yet.
Why fix something that is not broken? Cloud seeding was initially used for a real purpose (e.g. rain for rice fields and crops in a dry spell) but this is simply a blatant misuse of funds. I wonder what Moscow folks feel about this.
It certainly does sound extreme, or other words.