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September 1, 2014, 2:59 pm

Snow: The next military option?

Have you seen the recent weather report, the one about the threat of major blizzard conditions scheduled to hit the Northeast part of the country?

When you hear about those things, do you simply resign yourself to being a “weather victim,” popping down to Wal-Mart’s to buy a couple of bags of salt, picking up a new shovel, digging out the heavy boots, dusting off those old earmuffs?

Do you make that Pavlovian move to the grocery store to buy “provisions and “essentials?”

Not me. Not as much as I used to.

Every time I hear that we’re facing a spell of severe weather, I think about the old anonymous quote: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

I think about that, mainly, because I fully realize that that statement is no longer true.

The truth is that people are modifying the weather, every day, all over the world, for good and evil purposes. They’re practicing weather manipulation to gain economic advantage and, more and more, to explore its application for global war.

If you’re paying attention, then you, too, understand that the days of simply believing everything your friendly local TV weatherperson tells you have long gone. The topic of weather, today, is a lot more complicated than that.

Because I’ve looked at the history, and because I do try to stay current about modern forms of man-made weather patterns, I’ve grown a bit cynical about the old, standby broadcast weather reports.

Anymore, when I hear that there’s a tsunami approaching a part of the world where they had previously been unknown, when I see coastal waters rising and wiping out parts of new Jersey and New York that have long been considered safe from such conditions, when I see snow storms in parts of the American South wherein snowflakes had previously been unknown, my trusty old sense of paranoia kicks right in.

I simply no longer believe that “bad weather” is simply a function of the "luck of the draw." Rather, I find myself thinking stuff like: “Who decided to send that severe tornado, or earthquake, to that poor country?

“Why are the powerful, scientifically endowed people of the world picking on poor Haiti, e.g.,by sending them historically significant hurricanes and earthquakes, one after another?”

Is it me?

Every time I start going off the deep end about the meteorological mayhem being created by 21st century “weather modifiers," I have to remind myself that this whole “trying to change the weather thing” didn’t start, just recently.

The reality is that there is ample evidence that mankind, dating from early India, where religious leaders led chants to create rainfall, to the ancient Greeks, who offered human sacrifices to calm the seas during their voyages, has never been quite satisfied with the weather that has been sent his/her way.

During the days of the Roman Empire, the citizens would periodically drag a huge, sacred stone inside the walls of the city, because they believed that act had the power to end droughts.

In more recent times, in a run-up to the Beijing Olympics, it was widely reported that Chinese officials had made it very clear that they simply would not tolerate bad weather during their Games. Indeed, word was leaked that on the day of the Games' opening ceremony, in August, 2008, the Chinese actually launched more than 1,100 “rain dispersal rockets,” designed to re-direct rain clouds headed toward their stadium areas. So intent were the Chinese on modifying their weather, that they launched the rockets from 21 various sites, over an eight-hour period.

According to the Institute for Defense Study Analysis, following their success at the Olympics, the Chinese began to deploy as many as 37,000 people to work on weather modification activities, at a cost of about $63 million per year.

More recently, the world has learned that the United Arab Emirates has conducted experiments wherein they were able to create more than 50 artificial rainstorms. These, by the way, weren’t your average, mid-Atlantic region, April afternoon rainstorms. No, these were the kind that included hail, powerful gales and thunderstorms, conditions virtually unknown in that part of the world.

So, what’s the big deal, you say? What’s a little rain or snow, no matter how it’s caused?

Well, how about this?

There’s proof that the American military, during the Vietnam War, used cloud seedings over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which led directly to a 30 percent increase in rainfall in that area, in 1967 and 1968. Even though that was taking place nearly 50 years ago, most people don’t yet realize that, today, the U.S. military maintains “weather warfare” facilities to modify weather patterns for military purposes.

Most Americans also have no idea that, in 2005, the U.S. military produced a very detailed report entitled “Owning The Weather," which stated in its opening pages that, by the year 2025, “U.S. aerospace forces can “Own the weather” through strategic use of technological resources and extending them to war-fighting applications."

Whew!

When you realize that such activities are in play, here, and in other powerful nations around the world, how can you continue to take any future weather pattern for granted?

How can you accept that adverse weather conditions, e.g., excessive snow as we’re experiencing now, extreme hurricane conditions that were deceivingly called “Sandy” by the licensed meterologists, or the all-too frequently occurring earthquakes, which seem, each year, to spread closer and closer to home?

If you think back, you realize that there really was a time when we could be significantly unconcerned about what, if anything, was causing our weather conditions. There really was a time when we believed that our grandmothers actually could predict the rain by whether or not they felt that recurring “itch” in the palm of their left hand.

Hey, I believed it.

As I said, it was a much different time.

But things are much different, weather-wise, also in China. As compared to their sophisticated high-tech weather modification apparatus, there really was a time when the Chinese people believed, as people around the world did that, "If people can clearly hear the cricket chirp at night, it can be predicted that the weather the next day will be fairly good."

The Chinese also had another proverb, in more innocent times, that informed them that, “If the ant hill is closed, a thunderstorm is on the way.”

Things have clearly moved from that kind of thinking, in China, today, just as they have in the good old U.S.A.

For me, now, whenever there’s a report of another record-breaking storm, I wonder who planned it.

When I hear that snow is headed for Massachusetts, as it is this weekend, I can’t help but wonder if some scientifically proficient enemy, thousands of miles away, has arranged for that to happen.

Some of my best friends commonly refer to that as "conspiracy theory" thinking on my part. But I respond that there is simply too much supportive evidence about the strides being taken in the area of weather modification not to take this all very seriously.

The next time someone asks you about the weather, maybe you should ask to see their passport.

And, hey, it’s cold outside, stay warm.

 

A. Bruce Crawley is president and principal owner of Millennium 3 Management, Inc.