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Make It RainState Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America$
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Kristine C. Harper

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226437231

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226437378.001.0001

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Weather Control as State Tool on the Home Front

Weather Control as State Tool on the Home Front

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(p.165) Chapter 6 Weather Control as State Tool on the Home Front
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Make It Rain
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Kristine C. Harper

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226437378.003.0008

This chapter examines efforts to use weather control techniques for domestic purposes and discusses three such cases. Project Skyfire, a US Forest Service project, sought to reduce lightning strikes, the number of lightning-caused fires, and the cost of suppressing them. It also sought to trigger rainfall to put out fires in hard-to-reach terrain and to reduce the cost of fire suppression. Bureau of Reclamation’s Project Skywater sought to tap water from the atmosphere to fill its reservoirs that fed irrigation and hydroelectric power systems. Project Stormfury, a combined US Weather Bureau, Navy, and Air Force project, sought to snuff out hurricanes while they were small, or, alternatively to steer the larger ones away from populated areas.

Keywords:   Project Skyfire, lightning suppression, fire suppression, US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Project Skywater, reservoirs, Project Stormfury, hurricanes

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