It was revealed that many countries across the world possess the technology to alter weather conditions.
Rutgers University climatologist Alan Robock claims that his department at the New Jersey-based university were hired by the CIA to control other nations’ climates.
Obviously, the CIA seems to have a very keen interest in the subject of weather modification. In fact, Robock appears to confirm the rumor that the agency contributed to funding for a recently-published U.S. National Academy of Sciences report on geoengineering.
In reality, weather used as a weapon is not a new concept; several historical examples of weather manipulation used in times of battle exist.
For example, Robock mentions that geoengineering existed in Vietnam, where, for a period of five years, U.S. planes engaged in cloud seeding missions that were successful in increasing rainfall and prolonging monsoon seasons.
The U.S. also used cloud seeding against Cuba in an effort to make it rain and ruin the sugar harvest.
A surprisingly in-depth report on the subject, posted on the website of the local CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, recounts an experiment in geoengineering conducted by the British military during the early 1950s that went horribly awry.
Lauren Casey, WCCO-TV weather team member and author of the post, elaborates on the subject.
“Following World War II, England sought a weather modification method for addition to their defense repertoire. The Royal Air Force conducted a cloud seeding experiment dubbed ‘Operation Cumulus’ near North Devon, a district in southern England.”
She explains that a great deal of rain fell in a short period of time, wreaking havoc on the general area.
“The experiment induced a deluge during which three months’ worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Ninety million tons of water swept down a narrow valley into the town [of] Lynmouth, destroying whole buildings and sweeping residents out to sea. Some 35 Britons lost their lives as a result.”
Research, development and use of geoengineering weapons have been taking place for many decades. Along with a few other countries, the U.S. has obviously taken the idea seriously, as they’ve poured millions of dollars into research.
For example, HAARP, — a facility in Alaska that has put hundreds of millions of dollars into their efforts — has the potential to alter weather on a massive scale by supercharging the ionosphere. In fact, the Air Force has admitted that such weather experiments can, and have, been conducted.
Occurrences of geoengineering technologies being used as weaponry may become more common in the future, which is a terrifying prospect. Geoengineering tactics could heighten a war situation or escalate tensions between countries, even when used peacefully.