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Old 07-17-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Chinese to control weather at '08 Olympics

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China to zap rain clouds with rockets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will fire rockets into the sky to scatter any rain clouds ahead of next year's Beijing Olympics to ensure perfect weather, state media said on Tuesday.

China has already guaranteed perfect weather for the August 2008 Games, but until now had not said how it would make sure its forecast comes true.

Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological Association, announced the decision to use rockets in Beijing on Monday, the China Daily said.

"As summer is a rainy season, this practice will become the focus of the meteorological services for the Games which will be held in the same season next year," he was quoted as saying.

China's Olympic hosts fear the normally bone-dry capital's stormy August weather could put a damper on the Games, and worry that an untimely deluge could affect the opening ceremony on August 8 at the uncovered National Stadium.

Beijing, which is chronically short of water, is well practiced at firing chemical-infused rockets into clouds to prompt a much-needed downpour, but organizers concede rain prevention remains a much tougher prospect.
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well... that wins for most fucked up thing I have read today...

my favorite part is:

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Beijing, which is chronically short of water, is well practiced at firing chemical-infused rockets into clouds to prompt a much-needed downpour, but organizers concede rain prevention remains a much tougher prospect.
there's nothing like getting a "chemicaly-infused" downpour
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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It gives acid rain a whole new meaning.
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well... that wins for most fucked up thing I have read today...

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Old 07-17-2007, 03:45 PM   #5
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maybe they should focus on not making poison toothpaste before they worry about controlling the weather.
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Dr. Evil at it again.
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All countries are working to do this China is just apparently in the lead...but the UK and US have all been working on similar tech for the past 50 years....it was believed an experiment in the UK back in the fifties resulted in flash floods that killed people.
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