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Did Volkswagen’s ‘Hail Cannons’ Provoke a Drought in Mexico?

German automaker Volkswagen is under fire for using sonic devices to alter storm clouds in the atmosphere and subsequently causing a long-lasting drought that has harmed Mexican farmers, France 24 reports. Supposedly the devices prevent the formation of hail, which ultimately protects the vehicles below when no hail falls. Skeptics doubt that the devices — known as “hail cannons” actually work, but farmers aren’t convinced, and they’re demanding compensation from Volkswagen.

The farmers aren’t having it because, they say, “the sky literally clears and it simply doesn’t rain” when the devices are in use. Volkswagen responded by promising to turn off the automatic mode on the cannons and to invest in protective mesh to protect their vehicles.

Despite what the skeptics say, whether they’re scientists or not, weather modification is a real thing, whether it comes in the form of “hail cannons” or in the very real form of cloud seeding, in which dry ice pellets or silver iodide are applied to clouds to modify their output to increase precipitation, create fog — and decrease hail.

The fact is artificial manipulation of the weather is occurring with governmental approval in more than 50 countries, including the U.S., where about $15 million is spent on cloud-seeding projects annually. It’s used in North Dakota, for instance, not only to promote rain but also to inhibit hail (and thereby reduce hail damage to crops). Cloud seeding is also sometimes used to clear fog.

In California, meanwhile, a mountain-top “cloud seeder” has been used to enhance rain and snow in efforts to fight drought. It also has been used in “flare trees” installed on the hilltops to send silver iodide into the clouds.

As its popularity grows, however, some are asking whether the practice is cost effective and whether it could end up having some negative effects on the weather, the latter of which is why some farmers in North Dakota are asking for the area’s cloud-seeding programs to end.

In addition, weather modification doesn’t end with cloud seeding. Programs have been attempted to reduce the intensity and/or direction of tornadoes and tropical storms, for instance, while other methods have been used aside from cloud seeding to enhance rainfall. And, sadly, in many instances the outcomes go beyond the expectations, and not always for the better.

The thing is, as the Mexican farmers insist, modifying the weather can have unwanted results even when the intended results are achieved. If nothing else, we have no idea how much the chemicals used in cloud seeding affect humans below. Could the silver iodide be triggering cancers in some people? Do we need to “detox” in areas where this weather manipulation is occurring?

We have no way of knowing — and probably will never know, which is why I believe that saturating the planet with 5-G electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the name of better, faster internet, cellphones and microwave devices is not a good thing, either. Like cloud-seeding — or “hail cannons” — there is no way of knowing what sorts of ills can come from what is promoted as a “good” thing.

In short, in the spirt of the precautionary principle, perhaps we should learn more about the immediate and long-term effects of both weather modification techniques and EMFs before unleashing them onto the planet.
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