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Cloud seeding fueled fire about weather modification

Excerpt from the August 22, 1964, issue of Science News Letter

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Seeded Clouds 'Explode' — Cloud seeding experiments with silver iodide, resulting in “explosions” that release tremendous energies, indicate that weathermen may do more than predict weather in the future…. The explosion is first upward, then sideward. The horizontal spread is likely to prove the “most significant” for practical weather modification, two scientists reported. The horizontal explosion in the Caribbean clouds released additional energy equal to that of one or two Hiroshima bombs, which were equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT apiece. — Science News LetterAugust 22, 1964

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