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The Russians Control the Weather (sorta)

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

One of my dad’s favorite stories about local culture is of a local preacher who was convinced of a number of conspiracy theories. These included a mass plot to round-up all civillians on 1/1/2000 (brought on by arrows painted on the road that turned out to be a bicycle race) and that man never landed on the moon. He also spoke of the Russians having a weather machine that would doom us all. Well, it turns out that he sort of right on that one. From the LA Times:

In the snow-hushed woods on Moscow’s northern edge, scientists are decades deep into research on bending the weather to their will. They’ve been at it since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin paused long enough in the throes of World War II to found an observatory dedicated to tampering with climatic inconveniences.

Since then, they’ve melted away fog, dissipated the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl and called down rains fierce enough to drown unborn locusts threatening the distant northeastern grasslands.

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In Russia, nobody rains on the parade — because the Russian government doesn’t allow it.

“Victory Day is the most sacred holiday for us,” says Bagrat Danilian, deputy chief of cloud seeding at the observatory. “When veterans go out to celebrate in Moscow, we create good weather for them.”

All it takes, he says, is sacks of cement — 500-grade, to be precise. Drop the powder down into the clouds, and they vanish.

A fascinating read, particularly for those growing weary of the winter weather that is gripping the Shenandoah Valley

Winter Weather Woes

January 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Winter weather has again come to the Shenandoah Valley. It appears that old man weather isn’t looking to serve us with a crippling storm this year but rather wants to visit just often enough to cause some trouble. Showing what the internet can do to save old media in a small town, the NVDaily has a short story and slide show up. I also took some shots from my view in the Valley:

BRRRR!

January 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I just went out to get the mail a bit ago, and everything they’ve been saying on the weather is true! Today’s high in Maurertown is 23 degrees, but wind gusts of up to 23 miles per hour is making it feel closer to 9. Tonight’s low: 7! Still 11 degrees off the record low of -4 set in 1964, but still low enough. Be sure to be safe if you have to be outside today for an extended period.

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