China Creates Artificial Snow Storm… Again

Posted on November 14, 2009

A rain experiment conducted by Chinese officials unexpectedly cooked up a snowstorm this month whereby the resulting snowfall prompted flight delays and traffic problems all over Beijing.

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The experiment itself was a concerted effort to dispel drought conditions that have prevailed in Northern China for more than 10 years.

Thus, that’s the reason why officials from the Beijing Weather Modification Office found themselves seeding clouds with chemicals.

‘We won’t miss any opportunity of artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from the lingering drought,’ was the words of Zhang Qiang, head of the office.

They might have being planning for rain but ended up with heavy snowfalls that brought most of Beijing to a standstill. Furthermore, folks were also faced with freezing temperatures of 29 Fahrenheit as well as strong winds.

Following the second snowstorm, officials are now stating that the storms were not man-made events.

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Meanwhile, experts are now fretting about the after-effects of tampering with the weather.

For instance, Zhao Nan, a Beijing-based engineer, is horrified at the vast amounts of chloride used to melt snow from urban street after the storm. He notes that this amount, amounting to more than 5500 tonnes, could easily damage a building’s steel structures.

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6 comments
nick
nick

I think the 4th character looks like the man in a wheel chair...

anon
anon

Cloud seeding does NOT drastically alter temperatures. What a bunch of crock. People are idiots if they believe that the Chinese government could cause snowstorms.

z06
z06

but the chinese are known for not stringent building standards

John Lee Smith
John Lee Smith

Well sodium chloride is just salt. And that's what we use in good old Britain to melt snow. About 2m tonnes a year according to some random google linky.

shinigami88
shinigami88

I know what you mean, it would help if we knew what type of chloride they used (i.e. whether it was sodium chloride, potassium chloride or one of the others). I'm also guessing that they probably used sodium chloride since it will be the cheaper option. I believe the engineer quoted in the article was also upset that they used half of the amount allocated for that year in just a few days.