By Gregory Mathis
The monstrous tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City leaving death and destruction in its path last week is another painful reminder of Mother Nature’s power.
Interestingly, some of the conversation taking place in the wake of the destruction focused on ways to stop or somehow limit natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and mega-storms from happening.
Weather modification is not only a real term describing the act of intentionally manipulating or altering the weather, but is also being tested and in some cases put into practice.
One commonly known example of this activity is referred to as cloud seeding, which is used to increase rain or snow, usually in drought-stricken areas, or to increase local water supplies.
Weather manipulation has a long history in folklore, including Native Americans performing rain dances to induce rain. But this is a little more scientific.
There was a reported experiment near Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates where scientists, backed by their government, created more than 50 artificial rainstorms between July and August 2010. The manipulated weather caused hail, gale-force winds, and thunderstorms, to the surprise of the locals. According to multiple reports in January 2011 by several newspapers and magazines, scientists here used ionizers to create the rainstorms.
Sound far-fetched and more like science fiction?
Well it’s not something just happening on foreign soil.
There’s an ionosphere research program being run in Alaska funded by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).
There’s a lot of scientific and technical terminology used to describe the purpose of the project, but the bottom line is HAARP is messing with the ionosphere with a high-power radio frequency transmitter.
Some conspiracy theorists contend that HAARP is contributing to the heightened natural disasters such as more powerful tornadoes, hurricanes and snowstorms.
Depending on who you believe and what you believe, it wouldn’t be a stretch to theorize that we’re not only making our weather worse through the effects of global warming, but we’re also purposely using technology that is adversely affecting the situation.
Even the thought of using this science and technology to alter dangerous weather to ultimately save lives and property is disturbing.
What will happen to the delicate balance of nature if we’re flying aircraft into hurricanes to destroy them before they reach landfall or come up with technology that will knock out a tornado before it can cause property damage and personal harm?
Talk about playing with fire.
Let’s focus on areas we have more control over as it relates to bad weather and natural disasters. We have crumbling seawalls, an eroding coastline and battered homes that stand in the way each time one of these powerful storms pummel our region. We can start there. We can continue the research and debate into global warming to better understand the human contribution to the environment.
Continuing down a road that includes furthering weather modification technology might just be a disaster waiting to happen.