We weren't shy about laying on the drama in this piece on hail--it was causing millions in damage across the country and we were sick of it. Our writer says, "The war against hail has been declared." (Remember: this was only two years after World War II, which was a little more serious. Maybe our patriotism just wouldn't wane.)
The idea was to scatter silver iodide as a form of "cloud seeding"--turning the moisture to snow before it hails. It's a process that's still toyed with today.
From the article "The War Against Hail."