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  • China to use rockets to prevent rain during olympics.

    Send some rockets this way.

    Operation Beijing storm: rockets target rain Fri Apr 11, 1:41 AM ET

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is preparing an arsenal of rockets and aircraft to protect the Olympics opening ceremony from rain, hoping to disperse clouds before they can drench dignitaries at the roofless "bird's nest" stadium.

    Officials believe there is a 47 percent probability of rain during the August 8 opening ceremony and a 6 percent chance of a heavy downpour and will try to drain humidity from clouds before they reach Beijing.

    More than 100 staff at 21 stations surrounding the city will have 10 minutes' notice to fire rockets or cannons containing silver iodide at approaching clouds in the hope of making them rain before they reach the stadium. Three aircraft will also be on stand-by to drop catalysts to unleash rain from the clouds.

    "We've worked with neighboring provinces on a contingency plan for rainstorm and other weather risks during the ceremonies," said Wang Yubin, the deputy chief of China's meteorological service assigned to the Olympics.

    The government has spent $500,000 to build up Beijing's cloud seeding capacities over the last five years and authorities will conduct practice runs in June and July. It typically uses pellets of silver iodide, which is highly insoluble in water and can concentrate moisture to cause rain.

    Zhang Qiang, head of Beijing's Weather Modification Office, believed her staff can fend off drizzle, but could be powerless in the face of a heavy downpour.

    "I hope God will not send any storms to Beijing," she said.
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  • #2
    This whole thing is a trainwreck waiting to happen.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
      This whole thing is a trainwreck waiting to happen.
      The old man is heading back to China on Sunday and keeps talking about going to the Olympics. Generally when people start thinking something bad is going to happen I laugh it off as typical nancy boy syndrome. But I don't know about this one. I'm starting think he may want to skip the games.

      It be some serious shit luck to come back home and win the fight against the cancers only to go back to China to get his ass blown up by some wild Chinese weather rocket or the Chinese Taliban.


      • #4
        Over/under on Zhang Qiang? I say she doesn't live to see the 2012 Olympics.


        • #5
          They can predict rain chances all the way to august but we have no clue WTF it will do in STL this weekend.
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          • #6
            47% chance of rain in August?

            1. Who has ever heard there be that percentage before?

            2. They can't tell what it will be doing a few days from now so what does China have that we don't when it comes to knowing what the weather will be like?
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            • #7
              I assume they just study the past 100 years of weather data and project it out based on that season and the norms.

              Still funny to read that in April.
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              • #8
                Dave Murray must be working for China's Olympic Organizing Committee.
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                • #9
                  In China, you better have the forecast right, and it better be precise, or they violate your human rights. Here in America you are only made fun of.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
                    This whole thing is a trainwreck waiting to happen.
                    That was my thought when I read the article. I could see this cause more serious problems than having a wet ceremony.

                    If we weren't all crazy we would go insane


                    • #11
                      What could possibly go wrong?


                      • #12
                        can they do this over the SLYSA fields so we can get some soccer games in?
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