The opening day of the Beijing Olympics was a clear indication that the weather can be controlled. Then, with the help of 1, 100 missiles, it was possible to intercept rain clouds and redirect them away from the Chinese capital. By the way, a heavy downpour - up to 100 mm of precipitation - then fell in the neighboring city of Baoding. This technology is not new. For its implementation, silver iodide is used, with which rain clouds are "seeded" from the aircraft, as a result of which moisture collects in large quantities on the crystals, which then falls out in the form of precipitation.
Attempts are being made to “ride the lightning”. So Jerome Kasparian from the University of Geneva suggested provoking lightning strikes using laser pulses to protect airports. Alas, the experiment ended in failure. According to the author of the idea, the power of the laser beam was not enough to achieve the desired result.
A huge problem, especially for the United States, is the many devastating tornadoes. Professor Rongia Tao from Temple University (Philadelphia) proposed to build 3 special walls up to 300 meters high in North Dakota, between Kansas and Oklahoma and in Texas as an obstacle to tornadoes. According to the scientist's calculations, they should reduce the threat of tornado formation.
There are several ideas for taming hurricanes as well. One of them, though very dubious, involves spilling non-toxic oil over the surface of the ocean, which should prevent the formation of giant waves. Another idea is more realistic. According to its authors, wind generators with huge wind turbines installed in the coastal zone will significantly reduce the wind speed during a storm.