China Makes Snow to Fight Drought (Google / My Fox Illinois / Wall Street Journal)

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China Makes Snow to Fight Drought

Updated: Monday, 02 Nov 2009, 3:58 PM EST
Published : Monday, 02 Nov 2009, 3:49 PM EST


(MYFOX NATIONAL) – China had a snow day on Sunday, all in the name of a drought.

The Wall Street Journal reports that meteorologists seeded clouds with 186 doses of silver iodide so that snow would fall in the city of Beijing. The snow fell from Sunday morning and through the afternoon and was helped by the 29-degree temperatures.

“We wont miss any opportunity of artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from the lingering drought,” Zhang Qiang, head of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, told the Xinhua news agency .

The snowfall is the earliest to fall in the capital in 10 years and caused flight delays at Beijing’s Capital Airport.

In February Chinese officials seeded clouds with 500 doses of silver iodide, which led to snowfall in Beijing. Officials declared at that time that the drought was nearly over.



Beijing Snow, Man Made in China

Beijing winters are bone-chillingly cold, but they don’t feature much in the way of snow. So when weather forecasts called for some snow over the weekend, along with freezing temperatures, few expected anything more than a light dusting of powder.

Instead, residents of the Chinese capital woke up to a surprisingly heavy snowfall Sunday morning that continued into the early afternoon.

But it wasn’t a miraculous gift of nature. Rather, the Beijing Weather Modification Office said the snow had been enhanced by artificial means in order to ease drought conditions.


–Sky Canaves


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.