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Weather modification: Remember when Columbia was involved?

Downpour triggers memories of The Russian Weather machine. Guy Moss' cloud seeding device, and the Cold War - as it affected Jamestown Hill in the 1950s.

By Ed Waggener

This morning's downpour in Columbia triggered a memory of the 1950s - I believe - when Columbia was a location for weather changing efforts. Guy Moss ran the Standard Oil Station at the intersection of Road Eighty and Jamestown Street.

The station stood on a small part of the lot now occupied by CVS Pharmacy, across Road Eighty from Ms Hattie Eubanks home, a good 20 feet higher than the Franklin Nissan lot.

In those days, Mr. Moss had a Cloud Seeding device, which was supposed to bring drought relief to, I believe we were told, Idaho. When the winds were right, the cloud seeding company would call him to tell him to turn on the machine.

We never knew for sure whether it worked, but by and by it was gone.

Those were Cold War Years. We feared what the Russians were up to, but this wasn't about the weather alteration - at least it didn't come up in the same subject as the Russian Weather machine, which at the time, many kids believed to be a fact.

Googling "Russian Weather Machine" this morning, nothing shows up, per se, as that. But there were conspiracy sites and a few reputable ones with related subjects.

There was this: Wikipedia: Weather_modification, which gave, in a non-sensational manner, some fascinating information, including the CIA's concern for weather modification; also that the United Nations has outlawed weather modification in warfare.

For climate change deniers, who don't think humans have any responsibility for weather and who don't even remember the lesson of the Dust Bowl, there's likely not much interest in reading about it. But I found it of interest this morning, none-the-less, wondering if maybe there is less humor in the notion than I had believed; and maybe at least a bit of truth.

For sure, I'll be paying more attention to the weather forecasts. - EW

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