An article about rain on command! It was mentioned in the Snowy Hydro thread that this could be done to help with power generation, not sure how practical that is, even for irrigation for our poor farmers, I think Smurf even commented on this in an old thread elsewhere on ASF.
Artificial rain washes dust from Beijing
SMH May 5, 2006 - 7:54PM
Chinese technicians have artificially generated heavy rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The Chinese capital was hit by a fierce wind storm last month which left the city cloaked in sand, much of it scooped up from the Gobi desert.
The Beijing Weather Modification Office responded with a major cloud seeding operation.
"A total of 163 pieces of cigarette-like sticks containing silver iodide were burnt and seven rocket shells were launched in six districts and counties, which resulted in the heaviest rainfall in Beijing this spring," Xinhua said.
Although the science of weather seeding is controversial and some doubt its effectiveness, China often seeds clouds in an effort to end droughts in the arid north.